Functional Materials for Medicine

    Group Leader

    Hongbo Zhang, Associate Professor
    Faculty of Science and Engineering, Pharmacy, Åbo Akademi University
    Email: hzhang [at]

    Contact Information

    Turku Bioscience P.O. Box 123, BioCity
    (Street addr. Tykistökatu 6 B)
    FIN-20521 Turku, Finland
    Tel: +358 2 215 4009

    Description of the Research

    Functional Materials have played more and more critical role in development of novel treatment methods for different diseases. Our group focus on designing all kinds of functional materials, at different scales, to solve clinical and biological problems. We have broad collaborations with hospitals, and most of our projects have clinical doctors involved and initial from a real-life clinical question. Our group is multidisciplinary,  which interplay between physics, materials science, synthetic organic chemistry, engineering, biology and medicine. We aim that many of our designs could be clinical applicable in future, and to have a great social impact in treating diseases. 

    Group Members

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    Academy of Finland Research Fellow, 2019-2024, amount 430000 €.

    Academy of Finland Research Fellow Initial Project fund, 2019-2022, amount 300000 €.

    Tor, Joe och Pentti Borgs minnesfond, 2019-2020, amount 69000 €.

    Sigrid Juselius Foundation, 2017-2020, amount 120000 €.

    Academic of Finland Postdoc Fellow, Health Panel, 2016-2019, amount 279000 €.
    Jane and Aalto Foundation three year project, 2015-2018, amount 283000 €.
    Biocentrum Helsinki, Connecting Aalto University and University of Helsinki Scientists, 2014, amount 5000 €.
    Finnish Cultural Foundation, Postdoc-Pooli Grant for year 2014, amount 33000 €.
    Finnish Cultural Foundation, Center Grant for year 2012, amount 21000 €.
    Helsinki University Fund, Young Scientist Grant for year 2010, amount 18300 €.