Prof. Orlando Rojas

The image below was “drawn” on an ultrathin film of trimethylsilyl cellulose (also on silica, shown at the end of the video) by using Focused Electron Beam Induced Nanosynthesis (courtesy of Prof. Stefan Spirk and Harald Plank, TU Graz, Austria. Actual image size= 16×19 micron).

Prof. Orlando Rojas is a Canada Excellence Research Chair in top-ranked University of British Columbia, under a program that supports world‑renowned scientists. In this condition he is the Director of the Bioproducts Institute and shares affiliation with three departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chemistry and Wood Science. Part of his research group operates in Aalto University, Finland: Bio-based Colloids and Materials. Prof. Rojas is the first Latin-American to receive the Anselme Payen Award, established by the American Chemical Society in 1962, the highest recognition in the area of cellulose and renewable materials. In addition, Prof. Rojas is an elected as Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2013), the recipient of the Tappi Nanotechnology Award (2015), and the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters (2017). He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of NC State University (USA) and Distinguish Professor in South China University of Technology, Nanjing Forestry University and Dalian Polytechnic University.Prof. Rojas was chair of Aalto’s Materials Platform and led a national competence center to advance the Finnish materials bioeconomy, the FinnCERES Flagship. He was co-PI of the Academy of Finland’s Center of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials Research, HYBER. His most recent research grants include the prestigious European Research Commission Advanced Grant (ERC-Advanced) and a Horizon H2020 project, among many others. 

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During his career Prof. Rojas has advised 50 postdoctoral fellows, 61 PhD and 45 MS students. He has hosted 110 international visiting scholars and professors. With a h-index of 90 (Google Scholar), he has authored about 530 peer-reviewed papers published in international journals in addition to conference proceedings and other contributions related to the core research, mainly dealing with nanostructures from renewable materials and their utilization in multiphase systems. 

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