Timo Laaksonen


Description of research and teaching

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

Recently I’ve been most interested in

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

Curriculum Vitae

Short CV

Publication and citation data can also be found at http://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-7141-2009 and http://scholar.google.fi/citations?user=U0pw3zUAAAAJ

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

Tampere University of Technology, Laboratory of Chemistry and Bioengineering

  • Associate Professor, January 2016-

At University of Helsinki, Division of Pharmaceutical Technology:

  • Academy research fellow (Academy of Finland), September 2012 - December 2015.
  • 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. Controlled transdermal delivery of leuprorelin by pulsed iontophoresis and ion-exchange fiber

    Malinovskaja, K., Laaksonen, T. & Hirvonen, J. Nov 2014 In : European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics. 88, 3, p. 594-601 8 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  2. Drug release from nanoparticles embedded in four different nanofibrillar cellulose aerogels

    Valo, H., Arola, S., Laaksonen, P., Torkkeli, M., Peltonen, L., Linder, M. B., Serimaa, R., Kuga, S., Hirvonen, J. & Laaksonen, T. 27 Sep 2013 In : European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 50, 1, p. 69-77 9 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  3. Nanofibrillar cellulose films for controlled drug delivery

    Kolakovic, R., Peltonen, L., Laukkanen, A., Hirvonen, J. & Laaksonen, T. Oct 2012 In : European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics. 82, 2, p. 308-315 8 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  4. 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 Dec 2011 In : Journal of Controlled Release. 156, 3, p. 390-397 8 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  5. 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.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  6. 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 May 2010 In : ACS Nano. 4, 6, p. 3023-3032 10 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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

    Laaksonen, T. J., Laaksonen, H. M., Hirvonen, J. T. & Murtomaki, L. 9 Jan 2009 In : Biomaterials. 30, p. 1978-1987 10 p.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  8. 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.

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewReview Article

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Latest activities

  1. Nanofibrillar cellulose in controlled drug release formulations

    Laaksonen, T. (Speaker)
    17 Oct 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

  2. Silvia Pescina

    Laaksonen, T. (Host)
    26 Jan 20156 Feb 2015

    Activity: Hosting a visitorAcademic visit at UH

  3. 2014 International Conference on Nanotechnology

    Laaksonen, T. (Speaker: Presenter)
    26 Jun 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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Latest prizes

  1. Young Researcher's Award

    Timo Laaksonen (Recipient), 13 Apr 2012

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Gust. Komppa Award: Best doctoral thesis 2007

    Timo Laaksonen (Recipient), 1 Dec 2008

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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