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.

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Lasse Murtomäki

Head of Department / Associate Professor
 Antti Karttunen

Antti Karttunen

Vice Head of Department / Associate Professor

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

Atomically Controlled Materials Engineering

Research group led by Professor Ville Miikkulainen

Photo-ALD copper film on patterned tantalum oxide

Computational Chemistry

Research group led by Professor Kari Laasonen

Hydrogen adsorption on NCNT

Data-driven Atomistic Simulation (DAS)

Research group led by Miguel Caro

DAS research group photo

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

Vial being filled with ethanol

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

Phosphorus helix Karttunen

Microfabrication

Research group led by Professor Sami Franssila

Micronova_cleanroom research

Multifunctional Materials Design

Group led by Professor Jaana Vapaavuori

MMD webpage main image. GIF image by Aalto University, Giulnara Launonen

Nanochemistry and Nanoengineering

Research group led by Professor Mady Elbahri

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Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry

Research group led by Professor Lasse Murtomäki

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Soft Materials Modelling

Group led by Professor Maria Sammalkorpi

Soft Materials Modelling group Aalto University

Synthesis Technologies

Group led by Professor Sandra Kaabel

Photo of stainless steel milling jars and balls, and biomaterials cotton and branch.

Emeritus research groups

Physical Characteristics of Surfaces and Interfaces

Research group led by Professor Jari Koskinen

Nanocarbon

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.

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 Experiencing Finland and Aalto Club events. In addition, we have collected tips and links for you to find the most suitable information.

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Get to know us

Get to know us: Assistant Professor Ville Miikkulainen

Miikkulainen most recently worked as University Lecturer at Aalto University.

Ville Miikkulainen

Get to know us: Assistant Professor Sandra Kaabel

In this interview we got to know more about Assistant Professor Sandra Kaabel.

Assistant Professor Sandra Kaabel

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.

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.

Professor Jaana Vapaavuori wearing a lab coat and safety glasses.

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

Laboratory work at the School of Chemical Engineering
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Join the Unite! Engineering Biology online matchmaking event on 11 September

The Unite! Engineering Biology initiative aims to unite researchers from all the nine partner universities in the Unite! alliance to advance key technologies and sustainable processes.
Professor Riikka Puurunen, Professor Patrick Rinke and IT Application Owner Lara Ejtehadian holding sunflowers and diplomas
Awards and Recognition, Campus, Research & Art Published:

Aalto Open Science Award ceremony brought together Aaltonians to discuss open science

Last week we gathered at A Grid to celebrate the awardees of the Aalto Open Science Award 2023 and discuss open science matters with the Aalto community.
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Get to know us: Assistant Professor Ville Miikkulainen

Miikkulainen most recently worked as University Lecturer at Aalto University.
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Join us for the first Aalto Open Science Award Ceremony

All Aaltonians are welcome – no registration required!

Events

Test combustion Engine in Energy Conversion & Systems group
Lectures and seminars

Hydrogen Breakfast Series #4: Combustion of Hydrogen & Hydrogen-based vector fuels: Solutions for the engines of the future

In this fourth event in the Hydrogen Breakfast series, we will take a look at Combustion of Hydrogen and Hydrogen-based vector fuels in internal combustion engines, with perspectives from both Aalto academics & industry.
Otaniemi seafront pictured in the summer with the Aalto logo and event title, and VTT and Open Science logos overlayed.
Campus, Conferences, Networking

Open Science and Research Summer Conference 2024 (external link)

Welcome to the summer conference on open science hosted by Aalto University.
Intro to Scientific Computing and HPC June 2024
Staff trainings, Training to support research

Intro to Scientific Computing and HPC 4-6 June 2024

Are you starting your summer internship and you are unsure about the computational resources available for you? Are you a doctoral researcher who has recently started working on their research? Would you like to have more resources for your data science tasks? Join our hands-on course for data science workflows with high performance computing.
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Conferences, Workshops

The Third Workshop on Catalytic Reactions with Ion Transfer through Interfaces (ITICAT2024)

Welcome to The Third Workshop on Catalytic Reactions with Ion Transfer through Interfaces (ITICAT2024), organized on July 10 - 12, 2024, as a pre-conference of the 18th-ICC (International Congress on Catalysis).

Where to find us

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

Micronova

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Micronova cleanroom kuva: Aino Huovio
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