Department of Chemistry and Materials Science
World-class research with high impact
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 Lasse Murtomäki. Link to his research group and contact information
Vice Head is Antti Karttunen. Link to his research group and contact information
The HR Partner of the Department is Tiina Torvinen.
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.
Research group led by Professor Sakari Kulmala
Research group led by Professor Kari Laasonen
Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage
Research group led by Professor Tanja Kallio
Experimental and Theoretical Organic Synthesis
Research group led by Professor Juha Siitonen
Inorganic Materials Chemistry
Research group led by Professor Maarit Karppinen
Inorganic Materials Modelling
Research group led by Professor Antti Karttunen
Research group led by Professor Sami Franssila
Multifunctional Materials Design
Group led by Professor Jaana Vapaavuori
Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering
Research group led by Professor Mady Elbahri
Physical Characteristics of Surfaces and Interfaces
Research group led by Professor Jari Koskinen
Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry
Research group led by Professor Lasse Murtomäki
Soft Materials Modelling
Group led by Senior Scientist Maria Sammalkorpi
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 the contact information for the teaching staff.
See all the Aalto CHEM collaboration projects here
Elcorel (external link)
Electrochemical Conversion of Renewable Electricity into Fuels and Chemicals
Are you interested in studying at the School of Chemical Engineering? Here are our Chemistry and Material Science programmes:
- Aalto Bachelor's Programme in Science and Technology:
- Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering:
- 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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Social life and recreation
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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.
Assistant Professor Juha Siitonen always wanted to be a chemist
Juha Siitonen, Doctor of Philosophy, started his five-year fixed term as Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Materials Science on 1 January 2022. The field of the professorship is organic chemistry.
Bacteria factories and soft robots
Tailored molecules and materials could revolutionise the chemicals industry, move fabrics and make solar panels more ecological.
Get to know us: Assistant Professor Antti Karttunen
Combining virtual reality with teaching.
Jari Koskinen was awarded The Order of the White Rose of Finland
Jari Koskinen received The Order of the White Rose of Finland
Jaana Vapaavuori: From dancer to researcher
Professor of functional nanomaterials would like to combine technology and art in her research.
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.
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.