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

Aqueous-phase reforming of bio-oil aqueous fraction over nickel-based catalysts

Publishing year: 2019 International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Catalysis, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Sticking probabilities of H 2 O and Al(CH 3 ) 3 during atomic layer deposition of Al 2 O 3 extracted from their impact on film conformality

Publishing year: 2019 Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Catalysis, Hydrometallurgy and Corrosion, Department of Biotechnology and Chemical Technology

Solvent-free Hydrodeoxygenation of γ-Nonalactone on Noble Metal Catalysts Supported on Zirconia

Publishing year: 2019 Topics in Catalysis
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Catalysis, School common, CHEM, Surface Science, Department of Applied Physics

Nickel Supported on Mesoporous Zirconium Oxide by Atomic Layer Deposition

Publishing year: 2019 Topics in Catalysis
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Catalysis

Carbon Catalysts in Biofuel Production

Publishing year: 2019
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, Biorefineries

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

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

Research group members

Jose González Escobedo

Jose González Escobedo

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Eveliina Mäkelä

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate

Minna Marin

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Riikka Puurunen

Riikka Puurunen

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Professor (Associate Professor)

Jihong Yim

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Aitor Arandia Gutierrez

Aitor Arandia Gutierrez

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher
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