Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Sustainable future with high performance products and processes in bio and circular economy
Our department focuses on sustainable utilization of raw materials, designing and developing more efficient processes for new materials and products. We as chemical engineers contribute to the future society with sustainable processes enabling circular economy and bioeconomy.
The department is in a key position in research related to chemical engineering, materials technology, metals processing, efficient energy technologies and digitalization of these. Our core competences include unit operations and processes, hydro- and pyro-metallurgy, catalytic processes and materials, polymer engineering, process control and process systems engineering.
Head of Department is Ville Alopaeus. Link to his research group and contact information
Vice Head is Ari Jokilaakso. Link to his research group and contact information
The HR coordinator of the Department is Alice Björklund.
The department is in a key position in research of chemical engineering, materials technology, metals processing, efficient energy technologies and digitalization of these.
Our core competences include unit operations and processes in chemical engineering, hydro- and pyro-metallurgy, catalyst and polymeric materials, novel catalytic process, process control and process systems engineering.
Catalysis Research Group
Group led by Professor Riikka Puurunen
Group led by Professor Ville Alopaeus
Chemical Engineering in Aqueous Systems
Group led by Professor Marjatta Louhi-Kultanen.
Hydrometallurgy and Corrosion (Hydromet)
Group led by Professor Mari Lundström
Group led by Professor Yongdan Li
Materials Processing and Powder Metallurgy
Group led by Professor Michael Gasik
Metallurgical Thermodynamics and Modelling
Group led by Professor Daniel Lindberg
Group led by Professor Ari Jokilaakso
Mineral Processing and Recycling
Group led by Professor Rodrigo Serna
Group led by Professor Pekka Oinas
Group led by Professor Jukka Seppälä
Process control and automation
Professors Francesco Corona and Iiro Harjunkoski
We develop local and global networks
AALTOLAB (external link)
AALTOLAB is a virtual laboratory safety training platform developed at Aalto University. AALTOLAB helps both students and staff to maintain high-level safety standards in our laboratories.
Contact information for the research groups
Here you can find listed all the research groups at the department.
Contact information for the teaching staff
Here you can find contact information for the teaching staff
See all the Aalto CHEM collaboration projects here
BATCircle consortium (external link)
BATCircle aims at improving the manufacturing processes of battery chemicals and the mining and metals industries and to increase the recycling of lithium-ion batteries.
Are you interested in studying at the School of Chemical Engineering? Here are our Chemistry and Metallurgical Engineering programmes:
- Aalto Bachelor's Programme in Science and Technology:
- Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering:
- Joint Master's Programmes:
- Joint international Master's Programmes:
See all our school's programmes
- Doctoral studies: Aalto Doctoral Programme in Chemical Engineering
Moving to Finland
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Moving to Finland
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Social life and recreation
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Get to know us
Creating a unique professional profile by combining different fields of science
Professor Daniel Lindberg, a geologist and a chemist, encourages his students to study combinations of different subjects and fields of science.
Environmental technology is a way of thinking
Green ideas should penetrate both education and industry says Ville Alopaeus, awarded with Tapani Järvinen Environmental Technology Fund grant.
Get to know us: Associate Professor Ari Jokilaakso
Circular economy is key.
Get to know us: Assistant Professor Mari Lundström
Reimain in good spirits after bad results and don't give up!
Get to know us: Assistant professor Rodrigo Serna
Assistant professor Rodrigo Serna’s goal is to find new ways to produce sufficient raw materials for our modern society. Let’s hear more!
How to get companies in the metal industry more employees and more students for the master’s degree programme?
‘The great thing about this cooperation is that everyone wins,’ said Ari Jokilaakso, Professor of metallurgy.
Metallurgists are needed to fix the sustainability gap
Professor of Metallurgy Ari Jokilaakso’s researches the behaviour of chemical elements at high temperatures. He wants to give students a real understanding of chemical phenomena.
Metals are absolute necessary for the whole society
There is no electricity without metals
My career: From start to Finnish
Ben Wilson, Staff scientist at CHEM
Nanofiber scaffolds demonstrate new features in the behaviour of stem and cancer cells
A discovery in the field of biomaterials may open new frontiers in stem and cancer cell manipulation and associated advanced therapy development.
PhD Mari Lundström appointed as Assistant Professor in the field of Materials Science and Engineering
Dean Janne Laine has appointed Mari Lundström, PhD, as a four-year fixed-term Assistant Professor (2nd term) position from 1 December 2017.
Mari Lundström wants to recover and reuse metals. She approaches her task with a steely resolve.
Professorship strengthens the cooperation of ABB and Aalto in Industrial Internet solutions
Dr. Iiro Harjunkoski has been appointed Adjunt Professor at the School of Chemical Engineering.
Small Finland is a big player in the circular economy of metals
Finland was chosen to lead the strategic planning for battery recycling in Europe. Two key reasons for this achievement are the high-level research carried out in Finland and the close cooperation within the sector.