1 Jan 2016–31 Dec 2020
Nanoscience and nanotechnology
University of Jyväskylä
Hannu Häkkinen applies theoretical and computational methods to the study of the physical, chemical and bioconjugate properties of nanostructured metal-molecule interfaces. The research focuses especially on metal nanoparticles and nanostructures protected by organic ligand molecules and on new breakthroughs in their use as catalysts, sensors, components for molecular electronics, biocompatible labels and drug carriers.
Häkkinen is based at the University of Jyväskylä (Department of Physics and Department of Chemistry) and at the Nanoscience Center (NSC), working in close collaboration with NSC teams and a number of foreign teams. Häkkinen is a highly acclaimed scientist in his field with an extensive and top-level network of international collaborators. For example, he has worked with Nobel laureate Roger D Kornberg from Stanford University and with Hans-Joachim Freund, director of the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society.
The research project Häkkinen will head during his term as Academy Professor is an innovative and ambitious project that joins together research and methods from several scientific disciplines. Häkkinen will be breaking new ground in researching nanoclusters in biological processes and their bioconjugation to enteroviruses.