Markku Heino

Markku Heino

Markku Heino

Senior Consultant at Spinverse Oy

Markku is specialized in materials & nanotechnology, advanced manufacturing and cleantech. He has wide experience covering scientific research in academia, strategic application oriented R&D and practical product development applying new materials in many industrial applications as well as running large multi-party innovation programs to successful results.

At Spinverse his main activity is innovation management, but he also contributes regularly to technology reports, feasibility studies, commercialization activities, project building and other case studies in his expertise areas.

Currently he is the Program manager of the DIMECC Materials programs (2014-2017), Breakthrough Steels & Applications (BSA) and Hybrid Materials (HYBRIDS), which he has also been preparing. These novel industry-driven public-private partnership (PPP) programs gather together 68 companies, all leading Finnish research groups and selected top-notch international partners. As Manager of the FIMECC DEMAPP program (2009-2014) he has been contributing to developing the best practices for such specific PPP programs, in addition to driving the work towards impactful results.

During 2009-2013 he coordinated the Tekes Functional Materials Programme, which was an extensive effort building key enablers to renew Finnish industry through ambitious application-driven R&D on sustainable materials and energy-efficient manufacturing. The intensive, target-oriented industry/academia cooperation has resulted in scientific novelties and new business base, e.g. for solar energy, printed intelligence and biomedical applications in global markets.

During 2014-15 he was the responsible coordinator of Tekes Green Growth Programme boosting new tangible solutions in cleantech and bioeconomy from R&D to business. The four focus areas of the program were: Energy and material efficiency, Bioeconomy and biomaterials, Recycling, recovery of raw materials and waste processing and Business models, service concepts and comprehensive solutions.

Previously Markku worked at Nokia Research Center (in 2003-2009) as Research Manager, exploring new technologies and developed novel advanced materials based solutions for future multimedia devices. At Nokia, he managed a multidisciplinary research team dealing with various materials and actively co-operated with many organizations in several technology areas. The last 2 years Markku was Principal Scientist in NRC´s NanoSciences laboratory making focused scientific research on functional nanomaterials with top university groups.

Before Nokia, Markku was R&D Manager at Draka NK Cables (in 1996-2003), where he was responsible for material development, dedicated R&D projects and application of new materials for mass production of high performance mobile networks, fiber optic and telecom cables.

Markku has a D.Sc. (Tech) degree at Helsinki University of Technology (today called Aalto University), where he is currently Docent of Polymer technology. He has written about 50 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, 5 book chapters, several other scientific, technical or popularized articles, given numerous conference presentations regarding polymer/material science, nanotechnology, telecommunications, cable applications, innovation management etc. He is known also as an active contributor bringing research results and new technologies to professional magazines and common media in an understandable way.


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Abstract Title: Ecosystem for application driven digitalized materials R&D

Abstract: DIMECC innovation programs on advanced materials have brought industry-driven public private partnerships to a new level. Intensive joint development of more than 60 companies, tens of research groups and key international partners have built an effective innovation ecosystem in Finland dedicated to application-driven materials R&D&I, and to digitalizing materials development. Two programs run parallelly, focusing on Hybrid materials (DIMECC HYBRIDS) and Breakthrough Steels and Application (DIMECC BSA) have systematically built new critical solutions, novel multidisciplinary competences and broad knowledge networks renewing the Finnish manufacturing industry.

The DIMECC ecosystem has brought together a unique group of high-tech companies, both key corporates driving the Finnish export industry and skilled growth-seeking SMEs covering e.g. production and processing of various materials (advanced steels, nanomaterials, composites, plastics, coatings), design, engineering, manufacturing, instrumentation, monitoring and a big number of end products & application owners with their real specific needs. This highly cross-technological industry group of 68 companies represents many different existing value chains and a great potential to create new ones.

Examples of solutions developed include, e.g. new wear and corrosion resistant, non-sticking, energy absorbing/reflecting coatings, functional lightweight composites, hybrid structures for sensing & monitoring or novel slide bearings and tribological contacts improving significantly the energy efficiency and operational reliability of machines and equipment. Modern high-strength and stainless steels have been developed and their capability in several key applications such as offshore and marine structures, renewable energy, bio & process industry, transportation, lifting & handling have been shown. The key issue in all these has been well defined research problems based on the real application needs and ambitious tackling of the complex phenomena through sharp multi-disciplinary experimental research and modelling.

One novel element, the industry-led DIMECC Breakthrough Materials Doctoral School with 38 inter-linked Doctoral projects, created for DIMECC BSA and HYBRIDS together, has proven to be a really important tool to complement the industry-driven projects in both programs. In this, we have built comprehensive world-class capabilities in so-called integrated computational materials engineering (ICME), boosting the implementation of modern experimental and multi-scale modeling tools to solve real industrial problems effectively. This digitalized materials development enables crucial shortening of the development time, in many cases to a half. Providing solid understanding of complex phenomena, it also enables better reliability, predictability, and safety for components in demanding operational conditions.

Workshop 1: MATCH Final Workshop – European innovation networks on advanced materials – Section 1: Ecosystem for application driven digitalized materials R&D