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Biocompatible materials laboratory

About Laboratory

Grant Agreement No.: 14.W03.31.0014

Project name: Rational design of biocompatible materials based on chemically modified cellulose

Name of the institution of higher learning: Institution of Russion Academy of Sciences Institution of Macromolecular Compounds Russian Academy of Sciencen

Fields of scientific research: Chemical technologies

Project goal:

The ultimate goal of this project is the creation and development of a rational design protocol for bionanocomposite materials based on chemically modified cellulose. This involves: i) development of a predictive integrated multiscale simulation protocol for the design of such materials, ii) verifying its foundations against analytical theory and experimental studies, and iii) setup of a state-of-the art interdisciplinary laboratory at the Institute of Macromolecular Compounds (IMC) of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) which implements the computer-aided new design platform. This integrated approach will provide a novel, innovative, and scalable platform for optimization and development of biodegradable and biocompatible polymer materials with chemically modified surfaces, in particular bionanocomposites, for high-tech ecologically safe industrial and biomedical applications. The main objective of the project is to combine the expertise of major Russian academic polymer and educational centers (IMC RAS, MSU, SPbU) and implement state-of-the-art scientific and technological methods to develop approaches for breakthroughs in industrial technologies for novel materials, especially in the fields of bionanocomposites for biocompatible 3D-printing, eco-friendly packaging, tissue engineering and wound healing. These materials are based on biodegradable and biocompatible polymers and nanofillers with chemically modified surfaces in order to improve target properties and biocompatibility of the final products. Our planned fundamental studies will focus on the development of new phenomenological models of high-performance polymer materials using up-to-date analytical and the most recent computational methods. These methods will be verified and calibrated by corresponding complex chemical and physical experiments carried out on multicomponent polymer systems. Methods and approaches of chemical synthesis will be adjusted or developed to obtain final products.

Ведущий учёный


Karttunen Mikko


Date of Birth: 25.02.1968

Citzenship: Canada, Finland

Academic degree and title:  Ph.D.

Job Title: Department of Mathematics and Computer Science & Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS), Eindhoven University of Technology

Field of scientific interests:  Multiscale simulations, biopolymers, proteins, nanocomposites, biomembranes, advanced simulation methods

Academic recognition:

Invited speaker in over 50 international conferences and workshops

Organizer or co-organizer of 18 international meetings

Total external research funding in 10-year period is about 3.5 million Euros

Publication policy: Throughout his career he has been oblivious to the traditional author order. The most important issue has always been that the students and the postdocs get the distinction they deserve. This view is unorthodox, but it has allowed to pursue new ideas and to maintain long-term collaborations.

In multiauthor papers, typically the leading scientist with one postdoc or student has handled all the modelling. The rest of the authors are experimentalists.

Directed an independent research group since 9/2000 and supervised 11 PhD and 6 Msc theses, and 14 postdoctoral researchers. These students and postdocs have continued to professorships (4), world’s top tier companies Zeiss, Tesla Motors, and so on. They have been awarded the most global award. Through collaborators, mentored in over 50 PhD students and postdocs in, e.g., Santa Barbara, Carnegie Mellon, Max Planck, and so on. Currently 4 PhD students and 1 postdoctoral researcher and 1 Assistant Professor in the group.

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