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Biomaterials for Electronics

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2016


Challenges of climate change, ecological scarcity and depletion of natural resources form a global push towards a bioeconomy, which means shifting from fossil to renewable raw materials. Wood biomass will likely get a significant role in the Finnish bioeconomy. Finnish economy has conventionally focused on bulk products, while the challenge in the future is to bring high added value to the fibre based components and products. Cellulose based nanomaterials are low-cost, strong, porous, lightweight, solution processable, biocompatible, biodegradable and piezoelectric biomaterials, which have obvious applications for example in biomedical and electronic applications.

Piezoelectric sensors are widely applicable for various healthcare and well-being applications. We have recently studied flexible piezoelectric sensors made from commercial PVDF films and printable PVDF-TrFE ink, as well as biodegradable films from wood-based cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) [1] and bacterial cellulose (BC).

The high porosity of CNF makes it also a promising material for supercapacitors, also known as electrochemical double-layer capacitors (EDLC). We have recently demonstrated the fabrication of supercapacitor electrodes from a mixture of CNF and dandelion using high temperature pyrolysis.

[1] S. Rajala, T. Siponkoski, E. Sarlin, M. Mettänen, M. Vuoriluoto, A. Pammo, J. Juuti, O. J. Rojas, S. Franssila, and S. Tuukkanen. ”Cellulose nanofibril film as a piezoelectric sensor material”. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 8(24) (2016) 15607.


  • biomaterial, piezoelectric sensor, nanocellulose, bacterial cellulose, supercapacitor, PVDF-TrFE

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