Professor, Professor Biobased Colloids and MaterialsChemical engineering (web site), Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
Orlando Rojas is affiliated to the Department of Biobased Products and Biosystems, School of Chemical Engineering and is adjunct professor in Applied Physics, School of Science, both in Aalto University (Finland). He also holds adjunct professorships with the Departments of Forest Biomaterials and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of North Carolina State University, USA.
Materials, colloids and surface science as well as nanotechnologies form the basis of his multidisciplinary approach to understanding the fundamental principles involved in design, manufacture and performance of biobased systems. His BiCMat group strives to learn the science and engineering of processes involving lignocellulosics and other plant-based biopolymers, chemical and recovery systems, related environmental aspects and the development of advanced materials from renewable resources.
He is co-PI of the Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials Research, HYBER (2014-2019). HYBER combines groups working on molecular self-assembly, genetic engineering of proteins, biotechnical production of engineered biomolecules, and plant cell wall materials. The combination of HYBER's expertise enables research of controlling and designing self-assembly and structural hierarchies in multicomponent hybrid materials from the molecular and colloidal level upwards.
2012- Professor of Biobased Materials, Aalto University
2012- Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, NC State
2008- Adjunct Professor of Fiber and Polymer Science, College of Textiles, NC State
2004- 2014 Professor of Forest Biomaterials, College Natural Resources, NC State
2001-2003 Senior Research Scientist of the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
1998-2001 Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela
2000-2001 Adjunct Professor, Pulp and Paper Science, Universitè du Quèbec, Canada
1996-1997 Visiting Scientist, Institute for Surface Chemistry, Stockholm, Sweden