Henrikki Liimatainen


Associate Professor

102 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 2072 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 132 citations. The author has a h-index of 26.00. (Scopus)


Assoc. Prof., Academy Research Fellow Henrikki Liimatainen leads the cellulose nanomaterials team in the Fiber and Particle Research Unit. His research focuses on new nanostructured biomaterials and chemicals derived from lignocellulose - especially fabrication of nano- and microcelluloses, their hybrid structures with inorganics/biomaterials and their applications: Nanocellulose as a novel class of Bionanochemicals: adsorbents, flocculation agents, surfactants, emulsifiers. Nanocellulose in barriers and films, filters and membranes, nanopapers, smart materials, biomedical applications and templated structures. Deep eutectic solvents and periodate oxidation in cellulose modification. Surface and colloid chemistry of cellulose systems.

Research interests

  • Nanostructured biomaterials
  • Biomaterials and -chemicals based on celluloses
  • Nano- and microcelluloses
  • Hybrid materials based on nanocelluloses for biomedical, electronic, environmental, catalytic etc. purposes
  • Bionanochemicals: adsorbents, surfactants, emulsifying agents, flocculants
  • Hierarchical materials: films, membranes, aerogels, barriers
  • Cellulose modification: deep eutectic solvents and oxidation

Professional and community activities

  • Member of Research Council of the University of Oulu

Research groups

  • Fibre and particle engineering

Selected publications

  • Laitinen, Ossi; Suopajärvi, Terhi; Österberg, Monika; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2017) Hydrophobic, Superabsorbing Aerogels from Choline Chloride-Based Deep Eutectic Solvent Pretreated and Silylated Cellulose Nanofibrils for Selective Oil Removal. - ACS applied materials & interfaces 9 (29), 25029−25037 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Li, Panpan; Sirvio, Juho Antti; Haapala, Antti; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2017) Cellulose Nanofibrils from Nonderivatizing Urea-Based Deep Eutectic Solvent Pretreatments. - ACS applied materials & interfaces 9 (3), 2846-2855 . [Original]
  • Sirviö, Juho Antti; Visanko, Miikka; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2016) Acidic Deep Eutectic Solvents As Hydrolytic Media for Cellulose Nanocrystal Production. - Biomacromolecules 17 (9), 3025-3032 .
  • Selkälä, Tuula; Sirviö, Juho; Lorite, Gabriela; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2016) Anionically Stabilized Cellulose Nanofibrils through Succinylation Pretreatment in Urea–Lithium Chloride Deep Eutectic Solvent. - ChemSusChem 9 (21), 3074–3083 . [Original]
  • Ojala, Jonna; Sirviö, Juho Antti; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2016) Nanoparticle emulsifiers based on bifunctionalized cellulose nanocrystals as marine diesel oil-water emulsion stabilizers. - Chemical engineering journal 288, 312-320 .
  • Laitinen, Ossi; Hartmann, Robert; Sirviö, Juho; Liimatainen, Henrikki; Rudolph, Martin; Ämmälä, Ari; Illikainen, Mirja (2016) Alkyl aminated nanocelluloses in selective flotation of aluminium oxide and quartz. - Chemical engineering science 144, 260-266 . [Original]
  • Sirviö, Juho Antti; Visanko, Miikka; Heiskanen, Juha P.; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2016) UV-absorbing cellulose nanocrystals as functional reinforcing fillers in polymer nanocomposite films. - Journal of Materials Chemistry A 4 (17), 6368-6375 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Sirviö, Juho Antti; Visanko, Miikka; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2015) Deep eutectic solvent system based on choline chloride-urea as a pre-treatment for nanofibrillation of wood cellulose. - Green chemistry 17 (6), 3401-3406
  • Sirviö, Juho Antti; Honkaniemi, Samuli; Visanko, Miikka; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2015) Composite Films of Poly(vinyl alcohol) and Bifunctional Cross-linking Cellulose Nanocrystals. - ACS applied materials & interfaces 7 (35), 19691-19699
  • Hokkanen, Sanna; Repo, Eveliina; Suopajärvi, Terhi; Liimatainen, Henrikki; Niinimäki, Jouko; Sillanpää, Mika (2014) Adsorption of Ni(II), Cu(II) and Cd(II) from aqueous solutions by amino modified nanostructured microfibrillated cellulose. - Cellulose 21 (3), 1471-1487
  • Suopajärvi, Terhi; Koivuranta, Elisa; Liimatainen, Henrikki; Niinimäki, Jouko (2014) Flocculation of municipal wastewaters with anionic nanocelluloses: Influence of nanocellulose characteristics on floc morphology and strength. - Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 2 (4), 2005-2012
  • Liimatainen, Henrikki; Ezekiel, Ngesa; Sliz, Rafal; Ohenoja, Katja; Sirviö, Juho Antti; Berglund, Lars; Hormi, Osmo; Niinimäki, Jouko (2013) High-Strength Nanocellulose−Talc Hybrid Barrier Films. - ACS applied materials & interfaces 5 (24), 13412-13418 . [Original]
  • Henrikki Liimatainen; Miika Visanko; Juho Antti Sirviö; Osmo E.O. Hormi; Jouko Niinimäki (2012) Enhancement of the nanofibrillation of wood cellulose through sequential periodate - chlorite oxidation. - Biomacromolecules 13, 1592 - 1597
  • Liimatainen, Henrikki; Visanko, Miikka; Sirviö, Juho; Hormi, Osmo; Niinimäki, Jouko (2013) Sulfonated cellulose nanofibrils obtained from wood pulp through regioselective oxidative bisulfite pre-treatment. - Cellulose 20 (2), 741-749
  • Henrikki Liimatainen; Juho Sirviö; Ola Sundman; Osmo Hormi; Jouko Niinimäki (2012) Use of nanoparticular and soluble anionic cellulose in coagulation-flocculation treatment of kaolin suspension. - Water Research 46, 2159 - 2166

Research visits

  • Post-doc, KTH, Sweden

    Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC) under supervision of Prof. Lars Berglund. Topic. Cellulose nanopapers and hybrids

  • Visiting professor, DTU, Denmark

    Visiting scientist at Technical University of Denmark, Center for electron nanoscopy, lead by Prof. Jakob Wagner. Cryogenic electron microscopy techniques for cellulose nanomaterials.