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.

Researchers in the lab

Research

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

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Chemical engineering

Group led by Professor Ville Alopaeus

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Chemical Engineering in Aqueous Systems

Group led by Professor Marjatta Louhi-Kultanen.

Sea water

Hydrometallurgy and Corrosion (Hydromet)

Group led by Professor Mari Lundström

Precious metals in crushed batteries being dissolved in a test tube. Photo: Glen Forde/Aalto Energy Platform

Industrial Chemistry

Group led by Professor Yongdan Li

Research topics Industrial Chemistry made by Yingnan Zhao

Materials Processing and Powder Metallurgy

Group led by Professor Michael Gasik

Biomedical scaffold

Metallurgical Thermodynamics and Modelling

Group led by Professor Daniel Lindberg

Aalto University/Metallurgical Thermodynamics and Modelling

Metallurgy

Group led by Professor Ari Jokilaakso

Pyrometallurgy_research Ronja Ruismäki, photo Valeria Azovskaya

Mineral Processing and Recycling

Group led by Professor Rodrigo Serna

Serna_Mineral Processing and recycling

Plant design

Group led by Professor Pekka Oinas

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Polymer Technology

Group led by Professor Jukka Seppälä

CMET_Polymer group lab

Process control and automation

Professors Francesco Corona and Iiro Harjunkoski

CMET_PCA group

Infrastructures

Research infrastructure

We develop local and global networks

Image from the Aalto Bioproduct centre

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.

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Contact information

Contact information for the research groups

Here you can find listed all the research groups at the department.

Metalls, CMET

Contact information for the teaching staff

Here you can find contact information for the teaching staff

Pyrometallurgy_research Ronja Ruismäki, photo Valeria Azovskaya

Collaboration:

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.

Image from remote site: batcircle.aalto.fi
studying chemical engineering

Are you interested in studying at the School of Chemical Engineering? Here are our Chemistry and Metallurgical Engineering programmes:

See all our school's programmes

Moving to Finland

Here new students and employees can find useful tips for a smooth moving.

We also gathered information about families and recreational activities.

Moving to Finland

On this page you find information on practical issues concerning moving to Finland, such as about social security, taxation and opening a bank account.

In Finland

For families and spouses

Moving to Finland? Here you can learn more about practicalities.

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Finding a private rental

For longer term accommodation in Helsinki region the best options are either renting or purchasing an apartment or a house. In case you are planning to purchase an apartment we recommend you to contact your bank and/or estate agencies to gain professional assistance and advice. Here you'll find information on renting an apartment, rental rates, and how to find an apartment.

Aalto Inn home

Social life and recreation

Having social networks helps you feel at home! Aalto University organises many events and other possibilities for international staff and their families to meet and mingle and thus hopefully settle in smoothly. Some examples are Aalto Club and Experiencing Finland event. In addition, we have collected tips and links for you to find the most suitable information.

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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.

Professori Daniel Lindberg, kuva Mortti Saarnia

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.

Chem Professor_Ville Alopaeus

Get to know us: Assistant Professor Mari Lundström

Reimain in good spirits after bad results and don't give up!

Mari Lundström

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!

assistant professor rodrigo serna photo by lasse lecklin

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.

Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

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.

Photo: Mikko Raskinen

Metals are absolute necessary for the whole society

There is no electricity without metals

CHEM professor Ari Jokilaakso

My career: From start to Finnish

Ben Wilson, Staff scientist at CHEM

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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.

Biomedical scaffold

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.

Professor Mari Lundström Aalto University

Professor Metal

Mari Lundström wants to recover and reuse metals. She approaches her task with a steely resolve.

Professor Mari Lundström Aalto University

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.

Iiro Harjunkoski

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.

Professor Mari Lundström Aalto University

News

A person with a lab coat and protective gloves carrying test tubes and a black-and-white notebook. Their face is not pictured.
Research & Art Published:

The Chemical Industry Innovation Award application is open until 18 February

The Chemical Industry Federation of Finland rewards industry participants with the biennial Innovation Award. For the Spring 2022 Innovation Award, the award money has been increased to €30 000 from the previous €20 000.
Ioncell facilities
Cooperation Published:

Neste donates 750 000 euros to Aalto University

The donation is targeted to the field of technology within the Finnish state's matching funding campaign for universities. Aalto has decided to use the donation for research and education in chemical engineering.
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CEO Tapani Järvinen’s Environmental Technology Fund has distributed the awards

The Tapani Järvinen fund has contributed to research in environmental technologies.


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Honoured Published:

Chem Awards 2021 are chosen

The School of Chemical Engineering rewards outstanding individuals and teams during the year.

Events

CSNOW - The Network of Women in Computer Science
Online event

CSNOW - The Network of Women in Computer Science

On January 27 come and hear about the CSNOW initiative at ETH Zurich for breaking down gender-based barriers and prejudices.
Intro to Scientific Computing 2022

Intro to Scientific Computing 2 - 4 February 2022

Are you starting your doctoral studies and you are unsure about the computational resources available for you? You are working from remote, but would you like to have more resources for your data science tasks? Would you like to learn about High Performance Computing (HPC) in practice? Join our hands-on course for data science workflows with HPC.

Where to find us

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Kemistintie 1 (pienempi). Kuva/Image: Aalto-yliopisto / Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University
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