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Catalysis Research Group

The Catalysis group, lead by Prof. Puurunen, develops new types of solid heterogeneous catalysts and evaluates their performance, aiming for fundamental understanding and structure-activity relationships.
Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Catalysts are at the core of chemical industry and are expected to enable a sustainable biobased economy of the future. The Catalysis group, lead by Prof. Puurunen and founded in 2017, develops new types of solid heterogeneous catalysts and evaluates their performance, aiming for fundamental understanding and structure-activity relationships. The group is striving towards more Open Science. 

Focus areas:

  1. Catalytic reactions & mechanisms;
  2. Supported catalysts by ALD and other methods;
  3. Microreactors;
  4. In situ / operando activity testing;
  5. Sustainable biomass-based solutions.

Open positions

Master's thesis positions

Prof. Riikka Puurunen is frequently getting inquiries from outside Aalto University for whether there are master's thesis students available with knowledge on the area of catalysis. Interested candidates, please contact R.L.P. to know more.

Doctoral students

No open positions at the moment.

Candidates with their own funding should feel free to contact R. L. P. at any time

Postdoctoral fellows

Candidates with their own funding should feel free to contact R. L. P. at any time.

Latest publications

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Catalysis, Department of Biotechnology and Chemical Technology

Aqueous-phase reforming of Fischer-Tropsch alcohols over nickel-based catalysts to produce hydrogen

Publishing year: 2018 Applied Catalysis A: General
Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Department of Chemistry and Materials Science, Physical Charactristics of Surfaces and Interfaces, Catalysis, Harri Lipsanen Group

Comparison of mechanical properties and composition of magnetron sputter and plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition aluminum nitride films

Publishing year: 2018 Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Catalysis

Structured microreactor with gold and palladium on titania

Publishing year: 2018 Applied Catalysis A: General
Catalysis, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Modeling growth kinetics of thin films made by atomic layer deposition in lateral high-aspect-ratio structures

Publishing year: 2018 Journal of Applied Physics
Catalysis, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Department of Applied Physics, New Energy Technologies

Ethanol Organosolv Lignin Depolymerization with Hydrogen over a Pd/C Catalyst

Publishing year: 2018 ChemistrySelect
Department of Chemistry and Materials Science, Microfabrication, Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering, Advanced and functional Materials, Catalysis, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Harri Lipsanen Group

Tribological properties of thin films made by atomic layer deposition sliding against silicon

Publishing year: 2018 Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry , Catalysis

Study of Ni, Pt, and Ru Catalysts on Wood-based Activated Carbon Supports and their Activity in Furfural Conversion to 2-Methylfuran

Publishing year: 2018 ChemCatChem
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Riikka Puurunen
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Professor (Associate Professor)
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
University Teacher