Center of Excellence in Life-Inspired Hybrid Materials, LIBER

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The Center of Excellence in Life-Inspired Hybrid Materials (LIBER) was launched via the Academy of Finland's Center of Excellence Programme (2022-2029). LIBER aims to create dynamic and soft hybrid materials with capability to learn, adapt or response to the environment.

LIBER consortium includes eight multidisciplinary research groups from Aalto University, VTT and Tampere University. LIBER combines expertise on molecular self-assembly, soft robotics, surfaces and interfaces, genetic engineering of proteins, biotechnological production of engineered biomolecules, and computational modelling.

Director: Prof. Markus Linder, Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering

Vice-director: Prof. Jaakko Timonen, Aalto University, School of Science


  • Q Science (General)
  • synthetic biology
  • systems chemistry
  • active matter
  • bioinspired materials
  • emergent properties
  • out of equilibrium
  • biomolecular materials
  • programmable materials
  • soft matter
  • biointelligent manufacturing
  • self-assembly

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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