The CTO of the Year award is given to a technology leader, who has through his work added significant value to the company’s performance and growth through technology is an inspiring team builder and team leader and is active in societal networking.
“Ilkka is one of the first employees at Canatu. His innovativeness and strong technological knowledge, despite his rather young age, have been in a significant role in the development of the technologies at Canatu,” said Canatu CEO Juha Kokkonen. “Ilkka has strong relationships to both research communities and material suppliers & converters. Due to this collaboration, we have been able to develop the nanocarbon products and commercialize them to mass production.”
Carbon nanobuds were found in the Nanomaterials Group at the Aalto University at the beginning of the 21st century. The company Canatu was established based on this innovation and Canatu has brought the disruptive technology to markets in 2015, when the mass production of 3D-formable touch films and sensors started.
Recently Canatu announced a licensing deal with the world’s second-largest automotive supplier, DENSO, to develop especially new type of heater products for autonomous cars.