Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

The Department of Chemistry and Materials Science focuses on micro-, nano- and atomic scale engineering of compounds and materials. Our work in these areas encompasses synthesis, characterization and computational research.

Head of Department is Jari Koskinen. Link to his research group and contact information
Vice Head is Kari Laasonen. Link to his research group and contact information
The HR coordinator of the Department is Isabella Itäpalo.

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Research

The research in the department focuses on advanced and functional materials, chemical synthesis, energy storage and conversion, as well as, molecular and materials modelling. Our teaching provides students a solid background for these topics.

Analytical Chemistry

Group led by Professor Sakari Kulmala

CHEM_CMAT_Analytical chemistry group_Luminescence research

Bioorganic Chemistry

Research group of Prof. Jan Deska

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Computational Chemistry

Group led by Professor Kari Laasonen

Hydrogen adsorption on NCNT

Electrochemical Energy Conversion

Group led by Professor Tanja Kallio

Litium ion batteries

Inorganic Materials Chemistry

Group led by Professor Maarit Karppinen

Assistant Professor Antti Karttunen and the research group combined electronic materials with cotton. Photo: Mikko Raskinen, Aalto University

Inorganic Materials Modelling

Group led by Professor Antti Karttunen

Phosphorus helix Karttunen

Microfabrication

Group led by Professor Sami Franssila

Micronova_cleanroom research

Multifunctional Materials Design

Group led by Professor Jaana Vapaavuori

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Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering

Group led by Professor Mady Elbahri

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Organic Chemistry

Group led by Professor Ari Koskinen

Synthesis of the C1-C12 Fragment of Calyculin C

Physical Characteristics of Surfaces and Interfaces

Group led by Professor Jari Koskinen

Nanocarbon

Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry

Group led by Professor Lasse Murtomäki

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Soft Materials Modelling

Group led by Senior Scientist Maria Sammalkorpi

Soft Materials Modelling group Aalto University

Contact information:

Contact information for the research groups

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

CMAT department, photo: Mady Elbahri

Contact information for the teaching staff

Here you can find the contact information for the teaching staff.

Micronova, photo: Aino Huovio

Infrastructures:

RAMI – Raw materials research infrastructure

RAMI Raw Materials is a national, joint research infrastructure. Its target is to strengthen the long-term core expertise in Otaniemi (together with GTK and VTT), and to place Finland among the strong actors in natural and new inorganic material research needed in the circular economy.

School of Chemical Engineering / Raw materials research infrastructure

Bioeconomy Infrastructure

The Bioeconomy Infrastructure uses pre-treatment technology, thermal and catalytic processing, and biotechnology to produce a range of chemicals and fuel components and other materials from renewable inputs.

Aalto Bioproduct Centre

Collaboration:

See all the Aalto CHEM collaboration projects here

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CREATE (external link)

CREATE aims at developing innovative Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEAs).

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Elcorel (external link)

Electrochemical Conversion of Renewable Electricity into Fuels and Chemicals

Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

Are you interested in studying at the School of Chemical Engineering? Here are our Chemistry and Material Science 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.

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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

A maker of better materials

Professor Tanja Kallio develops ecological, safe and affordable materials for batteries and electrocatalysts.

Tanja Kallio / Kuva: Anni Hanen-Kajander

Bacteria factories and soft robots

Tailored molecules and materials could revolutionise the chemicals industry, move fabrics and make solar panels more ecological.

Jan Deska, Jaana Vapaavuori, kuva: Jaakko Kahilaniemi

Get to know us: Assistant Professor Antti Karttunen

Combining virtual reality with teaching.

Antti at Aalto Unviersity smiling towards the camera

Jari Koskinen was awarded The Order of the White Rose of Finland

Jari Koskinen received The Order of the White Rose of Finland

Jari Koskinen with flowers and emblem

Jaana Vapaavuori: From dancer to researcher

Professor of functional nanomaterials would like to combine technology and art in her research.

Jaana Vapaavuori, kuva: Helena Seppälä / Aalto-yliopisto

The German Society of Material Science awards Professor Mady Elbahri the DGM prize of 2020

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde e.V. (DGM) has recognized Professor Mady Elbahri at the School of Chemical Engineering, for his outstanding scientific achievements in the field of Nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Professor Mady Elbahri

Young Researcher of the Year develops multifunctional materials

The Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion has named Assistant Professor Jaana Vapaavuori as Young Researcher of the Year for 2020. Vapaavuori's work is guided by design thinking and the optimal utilisation of resources.

Jaana Vapaavuori

News

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Research & Art Published:

Recent MMD Master's Thesis presentations

Recent Master's Thesis presentations by the members of the Multifunctional Materials Design research group
Materials Science
Research & Art Published:

MMD research group at the CHEM Research Day

Doctoral candidates and postdocs of the Multifunctional Materials Design research group presented their work via online posters at the internal networking event
Juha Siitonen. Kuvalähde: Aalto-yliopisto/ Juha Siitonen
Appointments, Research & Art Published:

Juha Siitonen (Ph.D) has been appointed Assistant Professor (1st term) at the Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

The field of the professorship is Organic Chemistry. The five-year term begins in 1 January 2022.
Lithium ion battery electrodes and cells, researcher Taina Rauhala, photo Valeria Azovskaya, 2017
Cooperation, Research & Art Published:

Safer and more efficient rechargeable lithium batteries – Aalto is taking part in new corporate cooperation projects

International projects aim to develop new more environmentally friendly materials and production methods for rechargeable lithium batteries

Events

Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of Chemistry, M.Sc (tech.) Miikka Jokinen

The title of the dissertation is: Thermodiffusion and Thermoelectricity in Electrolyte Solutions

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