Members

Principal Investigator

Prof. Orlando J. Rojas

Director of the Biobased Colloids and Materials (BiCMat)

Director of the Bioproducts Institute

Orlando Rojas vision

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Support Staff and Postdoctoral Fellows

Ran Bi (Lab Manager, UBC)

Ph.D. Microbiology, KTH Royal Inst. Technol, Sweden (2016)

Polysaccharide and lignin separation, extraction and
modification; chemical composition, structure and property characterization.
Fiber modification, material synthesis, purification and modification.

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Yi Lu (UBC)

Ph.D. Chem Eng, University of Alberta (2020).

Colloids and Interfaces,
Stimuli-Responsive Materials, Multi-phase systems, Machine learning

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Ayako Takagi (UBC)

Industrial Designer, Emily Carr Art and Design University, Vancouver

Sustainable design

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Milad Kamkar (UBC)

Ph.D. Chemcial Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada

Rheology of multi-phase complex nanofluids

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Yizhou Sang (UBC)

PhD. Chemical Eng., University of British Columbia (2012)

Polymer chemistry, wet-end paper chemistry, bioproduct development.

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Sameer E. Mhatre (UBC)

Ph.D. Chem Eng, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (2014)

Soft matter physics, Electrohydrodynamics, multiphase separatio, thin film deposition.

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Tianyu Guo (UBC)

Ph.D. Nanjing Forestry University, China

Bioinspired nanomaterials from biomass

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Gabriel Banvillet (UBC)

Ph.D. Materials & Process Eng, Université Grenoble Alpes, France

Biobased materials, nanocellulose.

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Maryam Borghei (Aalto)

Ph.D. Applied Physics, Aalto University

Hybrid and carbon nanomaterials

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Bruno Mattos (Aalto)

Ph.D. Materials Science, Universidade Federal do Paraná

Supracolloids and controlled release

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Johanna Majoinen (Aalto)

Ph.D. Applied Physics, Aalto University

Self-assembly and cellulose functionalization

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Guillermo Reyes (Aalto)

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Universidad de Concepción

Cellulose dissolution and spinning

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Joice Kaschuk (Aalto)

Ph.D, Physical Chemistry, University of São Paulo

Cellulose esters and energy harvesting

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Blaise Tardy (Aalto)

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Melbourne

Supracolloids and structured materials from biobased resources

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Jukka Hassinen (Aalto)

Ph.D. Applied Physics, Aalto University

Project Manager (FinnCERES Flagship)

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Dr. Guang Chu (Aalto)

Ph.D., Applied Chemistry, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Liquid crystals and photonic materials

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Mamata Bhattarai (Aalto)

Ph.D., Food Science, University of Helsinki

Hemicelluloses, emulsions

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Emilie Ressouche (Aalto)

Ph.D., Materials Physics and Chemistry, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Bio-based materials, supramolecular materials

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PhD Students

Xun Niu (UBC)

Bacteria cellulose, bark extractives

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Marina Mehling (UBC)

Plant Biology

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Ya Zhu (Aalto)

Biobased multiphase systems and applications

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Bin Zhao (Aalto)

Lignin carbon materials

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Haider Iftikhar (Aalto)

Tribocharging

Karoliina Helanto (Mestä and Aalto)

Barrier solutions with biocolloids

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Roberta Teixeirapolez (Aalto)

3D Printing

Marianelly Esquivel (Universidad Nacional Costa Rica)

Nanochitin

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Luiz G. Greca (Aalto)

Lignocellulosic materials for high-value applications

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Xuetong Shi (UBC)

Phase-change composite materials

Gio Bautista (UBC)

Materials Chemistry

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Rubina Ajdary (Aalto)

Superabsorbency and 3D printing

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Konrad Klockars (Aalto)

Structural color with cellulose nanocrystals

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Katariina Solin (Aalto)

Smart nanocellulose films

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Annika Ketola (VTT and Aalto)

Solid-stabilized foams

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Eva Pasquier (Aalto and Grenoble)

Hybrid lignocellulose materials

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Alvaro Gonzalez Vogel (Aalto and Celulosa Arauco)

Electrodialysis

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Master Students

Xiaoya (Coco) Su (UBC)

Nanochitin

Samuel Hahn (UBC)

Nanocelluloses

Wendy Le (Aalto)

Phase change materials

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Otso Luotonen (Aalto)

Adhesion

Yeedo Chun (UBC)

Foam forming

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Samantha Pritchard (UBC)

Cellulose nanocrystals

Daria Osipova (Aalto)

Electroactive carbon

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Roozbeh Abidnejad (Aalto)

Foams

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Visiting Scholars

Shasha Guo (UBC)

PhD student, South China University of Technology, China

Biomass Pickering multiphase systems

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Tingting Xu (UBC)

Associate Professor, Nanjing Forestry University, China

Biomass-based composite materials

Lucas Noboru (UBC)

PhD Student, Universidade de Araraquara, Brazil

Biotechnology, Bacterial Cellulose

Undergraduate Researchers

Svena Yu (UBC)

Engineering Physcics,

Solution Blowing

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John Li (UBC)

Chemical Engineering

Molecular Dynamics Simulation

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Guomin Zhao (UBC)

PhD student, Nanjing Forestry University, China

Materials Chemistry

Junhua Xu (UBC)

PhD student, Nanjing Forestry University, China

Chitin/Cellulose hybrid materials