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PhD Monika Österberg appointed as Associate Professor in the field of Bioproduct Chemistry

01.12.2011

Dean Outi Krause has appointed PhD Monika Österberg as Associate Professor in the field of Bioproduct Chemistry at the Department of Forest Products Technology for five years starting January 1, 2012

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“In my coming research I intend to focus on the fundamental understanding of surface chemistry of biomaterials, with a special focus on interaction forces. My vision is that understanding the surface interaction is the key issue in many technological applications like papermaking, printing, nanotechnology and material science”, Monika Österberg says.

She will put effort on finding novel application possibilities for the main plant polymers; cellulose, lignin and hemicellulose. Examples of these applications are bio-based lubrication to reduce energy consumption and biomimetic nanocomposites.

“The ultimately aim being to achieve these goals based on solely renewable resources whenever possible”, Monika Österberg says.

With a happy smile on her face Monika comes to the photo shoot at the building of Puu1. One of her colleagues congratulates her. “The best part of my work is to coach doctoral students. It is very rewarding to see them grow to become independent researchers”, Monika says.

Monika Österberg got her PhD in Chemistry, Surface chemistry from Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden in 2000. In 1997 she moved to Helsinki to continue her research at the Department of Forest Products Technology at Helsinki University of Technology. She has worked in the area of surface chemistry of lignocellulosics both related to paper making as well recently focusing on modification and utilization of nanocellulose in various applications. From September 2011 she has worked part time as professor at Lappeenranta University of Technology in the field of Surface chemistry forest biomaterials.

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