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 coordinator of the Department is Maarit Pietiäinen.

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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

Research group led by Professor Sakari Kulmala

CHEM_CMAT_Analytical chemistry group_Luminescence research

Computational Chemistry

Research group led by Professor Kari Laasonen

Hydrogen adsorption on NCNT

Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage

Research group led by Professor Tanja Kallio

Litium ion batteries

Experimental and Theoretical Organic Synthesis

Research group led by Professor Juha Siitonen

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Inorganic Materials Chemistry

Research 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

Research group led by Professor Antti Karttunen

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Microfabrication

Research group led by Professor Sami Franssila

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Multifunctional Materials Design

Group led by Professor Jaana Vapaavuori

Monitoimisten materiaalien suunnittelu

Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering

Research group led by Professor Mady Elbahri

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Physical Characteristics of Surfaces and Interfaces

Research group led by Professor Jari Koskinen

Nanocarbon

Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry

Research 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

Infrastructures:

Research infrastructure

We develop local and global networks

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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.

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

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

Via this page you’ll find information on practical issues regarding moving to Finland, such as social security, taxation and opening a bank account.

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

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.

Apulaisprofessori Juha Siitonen laboratoriossa, yllään laboratoriotakki, suojalasit ja -hanskat.

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.

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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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Studies Published:

Online course “Wood material science” starts 10.1.2023

Learn 100% online how the structure of wood affects its physical and mechanical properties.
VTT's and IQM's HELMI quantum computer in its laboratory.
Cooperation, Research & Art Published:

A Europe-first hybrid between quantum computer and supercomputer now open for research use

VTT, CSC, and Aalto University have created the most powerful quantum-assisted supercomputing infrastructure in the world. It's now available for research use.
Students at the Harald Herlin learning center.
University Published:

School of Chemical Engineering’s equality, diversity and inclusion group is looking for volunteers for 2023–2024 – sign up now!

The EDI group would ideally be broadly representative of different departments, personnel groups and backgrounds.
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Appointments Published:

Jukka Niskanen has been appointed Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Jukka Niskanen (Ph.D) has been appointed five-year fixed term Assistant Professor position at the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering as of 1 January 2023. The field of the professorship is Polymer Engineering

Events

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Online event

Winter School - Sustainable and Resilient Energy for Europe?!

The Winter School is directed towards doctoral candidates and postdocs performing research on energy systems, energy policy or the energy enconomy, as well as practicing engineers and researchers involved in R&D of energy systems.
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Public defences

Public defence in Materials Science, M.Sc. (Tech.) Vasuki Durairaj

M.Sc. (Tech.) Vasuki Durairaj will defend the doctoral thesis "Nanocellulose and carbon nanomaterial based hybrid electrodes for direct electrochemical detection of small molecules" on 14 December 2022 at 12 in Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering.

Where to find us

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

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Micronova cleanroom kuva: Aino Huovio
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