Henrikki Liimatainen



121 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 3246 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 186 citations. The author has a h-index of 32.00. (Scopus)


Professor, 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

Social media

Professional and community activities

  • Member of Research Council of the University of Oulu

Research groups

  • Fibre and particle engineering

Selected publications

  • Sirviö, Juho Antti; Hyypiö, Kalle; Asaadi, Shirin; Junka, Karoliina; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2020) High-strength cellulose nanofibers produced via swelling pretreatment based on a choline chloride–imidazole deep eutectic solvent. - Green chemistry 22 (5), 1763-1775 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Selkälä, Tuula; Suopajärvi, Terhi; Sirviö, Juho Antti; Luukkonen, Tero; Kinnunen, Päivö; de Carvalho, Ana Luiza Coelho Braga; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2020) Surface Modification of Cured Inorganic Foams with Cationic Cellulose Nanocrystals and Their Use as Reactive Filter Media for Anionic Dye Removal. - Acs applied materials and interfaces online first, online first . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Zhang, Kaitao; Ketterle, Lukas; Järvinen, Topias; Hong, Shu; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2020) Conductive hybrid filaments of carbon nanotubes, chitin nanocrystals and cellulose nanofibers formed by interfacial nanoparticle complexation. - Materials & design 191, 108594 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Zhang, Kaitao; Hujaya, Sry D.; Järvinen, Topias; Li, Panpan; Kauhanen, Topias; Tejesvi, Mysore; Kordas, Krisztian; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2020) Interfacial Nanoparticle Complexation of Oppositely Charged Nanocelluloses into Functional Filaments with Conductive, Drug Release or Antimicrobial Property. - Acs applied materials and interfaces 12 (1), 1765-1774 . [Original]
  • Hong, Shu; Yuan, Yang; Liu, Chaozheng; Chen, Weimin; Chen, Ling; Lian, Hailan; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2020) A stretchable and compressible ion gel based on a deep eutectic solvent applied as a strain sensor and electrolyte for supercapacitors. - Journal of materials chemistry c 8 (2), 550-560 . [Original]
  • Zhang, Kaitao; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2018) Hierarchical Assembly of Nanocellulose‐Based Filaments by Interfacial Complexation. - Small 14 (38), 1801937 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Li, Panpan; Sirvio, Juho Antti; Asante, Bright; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2018) Recyclable deep eutectic solvent for the production of cationic nanocelluloses. - Carbohydrate polymers 199, 219-227 . [Original]
  • Li, Panpan; Sirviö, Juho Antti; Haapala, Antti; Khakalo, Alekey; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2019) Anti-oxidative and UV-absorbing biohybrid film of cellulose nanofibrils and tannin extract. - Food hydrocolloids 92, 208-217 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Li, Panpan; Sirviö, Juho Antti; Hong, Shu; Ämmälä, Ari; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2019) Preparation of flame-retardant lignin-containing wood nanofibers using a high-consistency mechano-chemical pretreatment. - Chemical engineering journal 375, UNSP 122050 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Hujaya, Sry D.; Lorite, Gabriela S.; Vainio, Seppo J.; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2018) Polyion complex hydrogels from chemically modified cellulose nanofibrils: Structure-function relationship and potential for controlled and pH-responsive release of doxorubicin. - Acta biomaterialia 75, 346-357 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Hujaya, Sry D.; Manninen, Aki; Kling, Kirsten; Wagner, Jakob B.; Vainio, Seppo J.; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2019) Self-assembled nanofibrils from RGD-functionalized cellulose nanocrystals to improve the performance of PEI/DNA polyplexes. - Journal of colloid and interface science 553, 71-82 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Kharbanda, Yashu; Urbańczyk, Mateusz; Laitinen, Ossi; Kling, Kirsten; Pallaspuro, Sakari; Komulainen, Sanna; Liimatainen, Henrikki; Telkki, Ville-Veikko (2019) Comprehensive NMR Analysis of Pore Structures in Superabsorbing Cellulose Nanofiber Aerogels. - Journal of physical chemistry c 123 (51), 30986-30995 . [Original]
  • Karzar Jeddi, M.; Laitinen, O.; Liimatainen, H. (2019) Magnetic superabsorbents based on nanocellulose aerobeads for selective removal of oils and organic solvents. - Materials & design 183, 108115 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Selkälä, Tuula; Suopajärvi, Terhi; Sirviö, Juho Antti; Luukkonen, Tero; Kinnunen, Paivo; Kling, Kirsten I.; Wagner, Jakob B.; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2019) Efficient entrapment and separation of anionic pollutants from aqueous solutions by sequential combination of cellulose nanofibrils and halloysite nanotubes. - Chemical engineering journal 374, 1013-1024 . [Original]
  • Nelo, Mikko; Liimatainen, Henrikki; Väätäjä, Maria; Ukkola, Jonne; Juuti, Jari; Jantunen, Heli (2019) Solid Air-Low Temperature Manufacturing of Ultra-Low Permittivity Composite Materials for Future Telecommunication Systems. - Frontiers in materials 6, 94 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Sirviö, Juho Antti; Ukkola, Jonne; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2019) Direct sulfation of cellulose fibers using a reactive deep eutectic solvent to produce highly charged cellulose nanofibers. - Cellulose 26 (4), 2303–2316 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Ojala, J.; Visanko, M.; Laitinen, O.; Österberg, M.; Sirviö, J.A.; Liimatainen, H. (2018) Emulsion stabilization with functionalized cellulose nanoparticles fabricated using deep eutectic solvents. - Molecules 23 (11), 2765 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Sirviö, Juho Antti; Visanko, Miikka; Ukkola, Jonne; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2018) Effect of plasticizers on the mechanical and thermomechanical properties of cellulose-based biocomposite films. - Industrial crops and products 122, 513-521 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Selkälä, Tuula; Suopajärvi, Terhi; Sirviö, Juho Antti; Luukkonen, Tero; Lorite, Gabriela S.; Kalliola, Simo; Sillanpää, Mika; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2018) Rapid Uptake of Pharmaceutical Salbutamol from Aqueous Solutions with Anionic Cellulose Nanofibrils: The Importance of pH and Colloidal Stability in the Interaction with Ionizable Pollutants. - Chemical engineering journal In press, In press . Original: [Original]
  • Sowpati, A. K.; Nelo, M.; Varghese, J.; Liimatainen, H.; Visanko, M.; Sebastian, M. T.; Jantunen, H. (2018) Approach to Fabricate Rigid Substrate for 2.4 GHz Inverted-F Antenna Using a Room Temperature Curable Dielectric Ink on Photo and Nanopaper. - Journal of Electronic Materials 47 (7), 3957-3962 . [Original]
  • Kalliola, Simo; Repo, Eveliina; Srivastava, Varsha; Zhao, Feiping; Heiskanen, Juha P.; Sirviö, Juho Antti; Liimatainen, Henrikki; Sillanpää, Mika (2018) Carboxymethyl chitosan and its hydrophobically modified derivative as pH-switchable emulsifiers. - Langmuir 34 (8), 2800-2806 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Zhang, Kaitao; Shen, Minggui; Liu, He; Shang, Shibin; Wang, Dan; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2018) Facile synthesis of palladium and gold nanoparticles by using dialdehyde nanocellulose as template and reducing agent. - Carbohydrate polymers 186, 132-139 . [Original]
  • 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.