Materials and structures group

Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering

Materials and structures group

The group focuses on research related to materials and structures. The group elaborates on fabrication, testing, characterization and modelling of various kinds of materials such as polymers and composites, timber, concrete, metals and asphalt. In specific, the group involves a diverse mix of experts specialized on advanced materials technology for achieving a greener and smarter materials and structures. 

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Main topics for research

Natural, bio-based materials, recycling and circular economy measures are focus areas of the group to contribute to sustainability. 

Nanotechnology and case-tailoring of materials are also central activities to unlock key material properties such as thermal, mechanical, electrical, etc. and provide multifuntionality to bring digitalization and intelligence in engineering structures. 

Research of this group contributes significantly to address sustainability development goals (SDGs) to revert global climate and environmental needs, actively striving to make a change for our world.

Keywords: Timber construction, structural design and analysis, chemistry, electrochemistry, atomic scale modelling, multiscale modelling, wood-plastics, advanced composites, recycled plastics, thermoelectric materials, structural batteries, additive manufacturing, nano-enabled features, life cycle assessment, energy efficiency, multi-functional materials, manufacturing technology, digitalization, fibre reinforced composites, polymer-based composites, structural analysis

Advanced and sustainable composites

Advanced and sustainable composites

Research group: Advanced and sustainable composites

Contact: Sotirios Grammatikos

New materials and processes are needed to tackle today's challenges and prepare our society for the future. The group focuses on the development of sustainable composites with the use of advanced modeling tools.

Emphasis is placed on material research from nano to macro level. Various sustainable materials (such as bio-based polymers) are within the research group's field along with innovative research on polymer recycling.

The most important areas in the competitive context are material development, data analysis and modeling, design and production, performance and characterization.



Thomas Haavi
Associate Professor