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About me

I am a chemistry university instructor. I teach theory and laboratory courses for the bachelor's degree. I also do research in the Smart Photonics Materials research group.

Main positions of trust

 correspondent of Kemia-magazine

Research topics

Hydrogels, liquid-crystalpolymers, stimuli-responsive materials

Research unit

Chemistry & Advanced Materials / Smart Photonic Materials

Research fields

Chemistry, material science

Selected publications

7. Humidity-Controlled Tunable Emission in a Dye-Incorporated Metal-Hydrogel-Metal Cavity, Ghindani, D., Issah, I., Chervinskii, S., Lahikainen, M., Kuntze, K., Priimagi, A. & Caglayan, H., ACS Photonics 2022. 9, 7, 2287-2294.

6. Humidity- And Temperature-Tunable Metal-Hydrogel-Metal Reflective Filters, Chervinskii, S., Issah, I., Lahikainen, M., Rashed, A. R., Kuntze, K., Priimagi, A. & Caglayan, H., ACS Appl. Mater. Interface 2021, 13, 42, 50564–50572

5. Reconfiguring gaussian curvature of hydrogel sheets with photoswitchable Host-guest interactions, Kuenstler, A. S., Lahikainen, M., Zhou, H., Xu, W., Priimägi, A. & Hayward, R. C.,. ACS Macro Lett. 2020, 9, 8, 1172-1177

4. Design principles for non-reciprocal photomechanical actuation, Lahikainen, M., Zeng, H. & Priimagi, A., Soft Matter 2020, 16, 25, 5951-5958

3. Tunable Photomechanics in Diarylethene-Driven Liquid Crystal Network Actuators, Lahikainen, M., Kuntze, K., Zeng, H., Helantera, S., Hecht, S. & Priimagi, A. ACS Appl. Mater. Interface 2020, 12, 42, 47939-47947 

2. Light-fuelled freestyle self-oscillators, Zeng, H., Lahikainen, M., Liu, L., Ahmed, Z., Wani, O. M., Wang, M., Yang, H. & Priimagi, A., Nat. Commun 2019, 10, 1, 5057.

1. Reconfigurable photoactuator through synergistic use of photochemical and photothermal effects, Lahikainen, M., Zeng, H. & Priimägi, A., Nat. Commun. 2018, 9, 94148.