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School of Chemical Engineering

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The studies and research at the Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering focus on forest products technologies, chemical engineering, industrial biotechnology, materials science and nanotechnology, metals and minerals processing and energy technology.

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Our students and alumni

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Student life

Read student stories, learn about our guilds and what it is like to study here!

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School of Chemical Engineering graduates in working life

School of Chemical Engineering master's graduates are successful in finding jobs corresponding to their education. On this page you can find information on job titles, job sectors and career development of our graduates.

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Doctoral graduates of the School of Chemical Engineering in working life

Doctoral graduates of the School of Chemical Engineering are satisfied with their careers and degree. We follow our doctors' careers in a survey that is conducted 3 years after graduation.

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Doctor of Technology Anu Kaukovirta

Anu Kaukovirta has been selected as the School of Chemical Engineering's Alumnus of the Year 2020

As a sign of her significant career and role in our society, Doctor of Technology Anu Kaukovirta has been selected as the School of Chemical Engineering's Alumnus of the Year 2020. She has worked as both a researcher and a director in industry and research institutes and throughout her career has been in close contact with her school. Currently, Anu works at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE) as Vice President of Research.



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Hollywood costume design goes sustainable

A textile artist sees natural materials as the future for costumes in television and film.
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Student Veera Petäjäniemi: "Through research, I can make an actual impact on the world."

Creating new chemical processes from scratch with a degree that combines chemistry, mathematics and physics. Veera Petäjäniemi is studying a Master´s degree in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering (major in Chemical and Process Engineering).
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Alumni Jarkko Larkio: "Getting out of my comfort zone and learning a lot of new things in different areas of chemistry."

Development of renewable energy sources is becoming more and more crucial, Jarkko Larkio graduated from the Master’s program: Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering in 2020.
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In memoriam: Omar Velazquez, M.Sc., Doctoral Candidate

Omar Velazquez Martinez joined the Aalto community in 2015 as a student of the international European Minerals Engineering Course. From the very beginning, Omar became an active member of the Aalto community, whether supporting activities of the Student Guild, offering invited lectures or hosting new students in our School.



Defence of dissertation in the field of Bioproducts and Biosystems, M.Sc Ling Wang

The title of the dissertation is: Functional Fibres by Wet-spinning of Bio-based Colloids
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Circular Bioeconomy: A Polish-Finnish Matchmaking Workshop

Finnish-Polish Green Deal bioeconomy collaboration webinar

Defence of dissertation in the field of Processing of Materials, M.Sc(tech.) Petteri Halli

The title of the dissertation is: Innovative Valorization of Secondary Raw Materials
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Lectures and seminars

Lecture: Practical tips on doctoral thesis supervision for thesis advisors

This lecture provides practical tips and insight for doctoral thesis advisors on succesful supervision practice. Based on the lecture's industrial engineering and management bakcground, the emphasis is more on those fields. This lecture will be organised as a webinar.

Departments and infrastructures

The research at the School of Chemical Engineering focuses on forest products technologies, chemical engineering, industrial biotechnology, materials science and nanotechnology, metals and minerals processing and energy technology. The school has two special research infrastructures: bioeconomy infrastructure that enables research from molecular level to biobased technology concepts, and raw materials research infrastructure, that supports the research of circular economy targeting to closed metallurgical and hydrometallurgical processes and inorganic energy materials.

To learn more about the impact we make, get to know our three departments and two infrastructures:

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Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems (Bio2) is at the forefront of forest products technologies and cutting-edge biotechnology.

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Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering's expertise areas are chemical engineering, metals process industry, energy technologies, and new materials production.

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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.

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Research infrastructure

Bioeconomy RI and RAMI RI are research infrastructure at School of Chemical Engineering which both are included in the Finnish research infrastructures FIRI roadmap.

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See also

Aalto Materials Platform

We promote cross-disciplinary collaborations and communication to advance the field of materials science and its applications.

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The main objective of BATCircle consortium led by Aalto University is to generate added value to sectors manufacturing battery metals and chemicals, as well as their circular economy.

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CHEMARTS webpage

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FinnCERES - Flagship for boosting bioeconomy

Boosting the world’s bioeconomy by developing new bio-based materials with Aalto University and VTT, companies, and research organizations through a shared passion to create a sustainable future and a belief in innovations based on solid scientific foundations.

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Aalto University Junior

Aalto University Junior is art, science, technology and entrepreneurship for children, young people and teachers - to support teaching, personal joy and a source of enthusiasm.

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What if the textiles of the future are growing in Finnish forests?

The Ioncell method can be used to produce top grade textile fibre from cellulose. Suitable raw materials for the process include both dissolving pulp and also recycled paper, cardboard or waste textiles.


Get to know us

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Nurturing the passion for research - Interviewing Associate Professor Ali Tehrani

This is an interview with Associate professor Ali Tehrani, who works at Aalto University's School of Chemical Engineering Bioproducts and Biosystems Department. He has an impressive background in textile research before joining Aalto and he also enjoys guiding and supporting his students in their research and career.

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Revolutionising the bio-based industry

An interview of the new Professor of Practice Juha Lipponen from the School of Chemical Engineering.

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Michael Hummel: Sustainable and renewable materials will replace oil-based products

Researchers need to be team players, says Professor of Biopolymer Chemistry and Engineering.

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Small Finland is a big player in the circular economy of metals

Finland was chosen to lead the strategic planning for battery recycling in Europe. Two key reasons for this achievement are the high-level research carried out in Finland and the close cooperation within the sector.

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Lumi Maunuvaara: Becoming an entrepreneur with the drive of a 20-year-old

Lumi Maunuvaara, who founded HAVU Cosmetics during her second year of studies, learned quickly that being a start-up entrepreneur requires courage, even foolhardiness, but also humility. High interest in ones own field and the company ensures continued motivation even in difficult moments.

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The people of the School of Chemical Engineering

Interviews of our faculty members

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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.

Collaborate with us

The School of Chemical Engineering carries out wide ranging and diverse forms of cooperation with industry. The school's most important corporate partners included Neste, UPM, Stora Enso, Valio, Fortum, Metsä Group, Outotec, Andritz and Kemira.

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Tenure track

Aalto University’s tenure track career system offers a well-supported and clear career path for professor-level academics towards a permanent professorship.

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Contact information

Contact information for the School of Chemical Engineering

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