The CHEMARTS Cookbook 

Inspiration for Material Enthusiasts 

How can we make flexible and transparent wood-based materials? What kinds of materials can we derive from trees, while still respecting the preciousness of nature? Could the innovative use of renewable cellulosic materials change our material world?

The CHEMARTS Cookbook gives both simple and more advanced ideas and recipes for hands-on experiments with wood-based materials. Since 2012, design and chemistry students at Aalto University, together with staff, have been exploring biomaterials through CHEMARTS courses. This book now showcases their most interesting results. Its main focus is on raw materials that are processed either chemically or mechanically from trees or other plants: cellulose fibres, micro- or nano-structured fibrils, cellulose derivatives, lignin, bark and wood extractives.

Get inspired, test our recipes either at workshops or chemistry labs, and develop your own experiments!

The ChemArts Cookbook will be available in 3/2020. 

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The CHEMARTS Cookbook Team

Pirjo Kääriäinen

Professor, CHEMARTS, Aalto University

Pirjo Kääriäinen

Tapani Vuorinen

Professor, CHEMARTS, Wood Chemistry, Aalto University

Nina Riutta

MA student, Collaborative and Industrial Design, Aalto University

Liisa Tervinen

Design Manager, Freelancer

Eeva Suorlahti

Photographer, Freelancer

Cover photos: Eeva Suorlahti