Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose(DWoC) is a multidisciplinary project focusing on cellulose materials and their novel applications by combining design, science and business. The DWoC concept is based on the combination of design thinking and design driven prototyping to a strong technology development competence. DWoC aims to communicate actively the design concept to potential entrepreneurs and to facilitate the development of the new Finnish cellulose ecosystem. The first phase of the DWoC project (1.6.2013 – 31.3.2015) was successfully carried out and second phase started 1.4.2015 and will continue until 31.3.2018. The partners are the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology and University of Vaasa. DWoC is funded by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.
CHEMARTS is a long-term strategic collaboration between two Aalto University schools, The School of Chemical Technology (CHEM) and The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS). The schools merged their forces 2011 with the aim to invent new ways to harness wood and cellulose. The idea is to research the performance and design of advanced cellulosic materials for innovative uses. The main objective of CHEMARTS collaboration is to inspire students and researchers to explore biomaterials together and to create new concepts for the future use of cellulose and other biomaterials. CHEMARTS consists of various actions, such as multidisciplinary study courses, summer school and externally funded research projects.