Timo Laaksonen


Research areas

Description of research and teaching

My research interests cover a wide area ranging from nanoparticles (drug/metallic) and self-assembled structures to drug release and release modeling.

Recently I’ve been most interested in

  • Controlling the adhesion, permeation and release of protein coated drug nanoparticles.
  • Utilization of nanofibrillar cellulose in drug release applications.
  • Release modelling from drug (nano)formulations.

I'm always available for contacts on new projects related to the topics above. And why not on any other interesting ideas that you may have.

Curriculum vitae

Short CV

Publication and citation data can also be found at http://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-7141-2009

Education and docentships

  • Docent, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Pharmacy, Sep. 2010
    Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology
  • Doctor of Science (Technology), Helsinki University of Technology, Aug. 2007
    Thesis title: "Noble Metal Clusters: Electrostatics, Stability and Applications”,
    accepted with honors.
  • Master of Science (Technology), Helsinki University of Technology, Nov. 2002
    Diploma work title: “Electrochemistry at an immobilized liquid|liquid interface”

Work experience

At University of Helsinki, Division of Pharmaceutical Technology:

  • Academy research fellow (Academy of Finland), September 2012 - August 2017.
  • Postdoctoral researcher (UH postdoctoral researcher position 2009-2012), March 2007 – August 2012.

At Helsinki University of Technology, Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry:

  • Postgraduate student, January 2004 – February 2007.
  • Diploma worker, February – November 2002.

International visits

  • Helmholz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany, 2011. Six months as a visiting scientist.
  • Kyoto University, Faculty of Engineering, Functional Materials Group, Kyoto, Japan, 2003. One year as a visiting PhD student.


  • Awarded the Young Researcher's Award 2012 by the Faculty of Pharmacy for the research done between 2007-2011.
  • Awarded the Gust. Komppa prize for the best chemistry thesis of
    2007 by Suomalaisten kemistien seura (Association of Finnish Chemists).

Highlighted publications

  1. Immobilization of protein-coated drug nanoparticles in nanofibrillar cellulose matrices—Enhanced stability and release

    Valo, H. K., Kovalainen, M., Laaksonen, P., Häkkinen, M., Auriola, S., Peltonen, L., Linder, M., Järvinen, K., Hirvonen, J. & Laaksonen, T. 20.12.2011 In : Journal of Controlled Release. 156, 3, p. 390-397 8 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  2. Multifunctional Hydrophobin: : Toward Functional Coatings for Drug Nanoparticles

    Valo, H. K., Laaksonen, P. H., Peltonen, L. J., Linder, M. B., Hirvonen, J. T. & Laaksonen, T. J. 2010 In : ACS Nano. 4, 3, p. 1750-1758 9 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  3. Biocompatibility of Thermally Hydrocarbonized Porous Silicon Nanoparticles and their Biodistribution in Rats

    Bimbo, L. M., Sarparanta, M., Santos, H. A., Airaksinen, A. J., Makila, E., Laaksonen, T., Peltonen, L., Lehto, V-P., Hirvonen, J. & Salonen, J. 28.05.2010 In : ACS Nano. 4, 6, p. 3023-3032 10 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  4. Cellular automata model for drug release from binary matrix and reservoir polymeric devices

    Laaksonen, T. J., Laaksonen, H. M., Hirvonen, J. T. & Murtomaki, L. 09.01.2009 In : Biomaterials. 30, p. 1978-1987 10 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  5. Quantised charging of monolayer-protected nanoparticles

    Laaksonen, T., Ruiz, V., Liljeroth, P. & Quinn, B. M. 2008 In : Chemical Society Reviews. 37, 9, p. 1836-1846 11 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA2 Review in scientific journal

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Highlighted activities

  1. Gust. Komppa Award

    Timo Laaksonen (Recipient), Suomalaisten kemistien seura (Association of Finnish Chemists), 01.12.2008

    Activity: Prizes and awards

  2. Young Researcher's Award

    Timo Laaksonen (Recipient), Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, 13.04.2012

    Activity: Prizes and awards

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