BioMediTech Research Groups

Nanoscale Phenomena and Measurements

Group Leader: Associate Professor Sampo Tuukkanen


About Us

The mission of the Nanoscale Phenomena and Measurements (NPM) research group is to measure, understand and exploit the nanoscale phenomena occurring in bio-based nanomaterials and devices. Developed biomaterial structures and devices are widely applicable for biomedical applications.

Research interests and expertise

Recent research topics are:

  • Piezoelectric sensors
  • Supercapacitors
  • Energy harvesting and storage systems
  • Biomedical microdevices
  • Biomeasurements
  • Processing and characterization of nanomaterial and biomaterials
  • Scalable manufacturing using printing techniques


  • Piezoelectric sensitivity measurement system
  • Equipment for electrical and electrochemical measurements
  • Multi-material biomaterial printing equipment (for various plastic and biological materials)
  • Freeze-drier equipped with heat-controlled shelf in the chamber

Collaboration offer and requests

We offer knowledge and equipment for multi-material bio-printing as well as electrical and structural characterization of components and devices.

Major Publications

  1. Tuukkanen S, Rajala S. Nanocellulose as a piezoelectric material, Chapter in a book Piezoelectricity – Organic and Inorganic Materials and Applications, InTechOpen, (2018), ISBN 978-953-51-6209-4. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.77025.
  2. Uddin KMA, Jokinen V, Jahangiri F, Franssila S, Rojas OJ, Tuukkanen S. Disposable Microfluidic Sensor Based on Nanocellulose for Glucose Detection Global Challenges 3(2) (2018) 1800079,
  3. Hänninen A, Sarlin E, Lyyra I, Salpavaara T, Kellomäki M, Tuukkanen S. Nanocellulose and chitosan based films as low cost, green piezoelectric materials Carbohydrate Polymers 202 (2018) 418, doi: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2018.09.001.
  4. Virtanen J, Keskinen J, Pammo A, Sarlin E, Tuukkanen S. Pyrolysed cellulose nanofibrils and dandelion pappus in supercapacitor application. Cellulose 24(8), 3387-3397 (2017). doi: 10.1007/s10570-017-1332-8.
  5. Vuorinen T, Zakrzewski M, Rajala S, Lupo D, Palovuori K, Vanhala J, Tuukkanen S. Printable, transparent and flexible touch panels working in sunlight and moist environments, Advanced Functional Materials 24 (2014) 6340. doi: 10.1002/adfm.201401140.
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