Welcome to the School of Chemical Engineering!

Studies in chemical engineering offer a unique combination of natural sciences and technology.

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Join the School of Chemical Engineering!

Studies in chemical engineering offer a unique combination of natural sciences and technology. We are developing new technologies to solve major problems of our time, such as climate change and the adequacy of natural resources.

Graduates of chemical engineering understand what needs to be done to safeguard a clean environment and sustainable development, and they know how to do it. They develop solutions that replace plastic, sustainable battery technologies and recycling of raw materials, among other things. The effects of innovations in chemical engineering can be massive even on a global scale.

Join us if you want to change the world! Ninety-nine per cent of graduates find employment in jobs corresponding to education, from consumer brands to large industries.

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News

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Laureen Mahler uses origami folding to create bio-based packaging that is also pleasant to look at

Many products of the packaging industry are made of plastic and other fossil-based materials. The Aalto University Bioinnovation Center is developing ecological packaging solutions based on origami folding which also have value as beautiful objects.
Maarintalo
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Maari building's new address Sähkömiehentie 5 will change as of January 30, 2023

Sähkömiehentie 3 (Maari building) address will change, the new address is Sähkömiehentie 5 as of January 30, 2023.
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Napping pods and energy saving - welcome to participate!

Wellbeing on a Sustainable Campus event brings together campus main themes in sustainability, energy saving, and also all campus users wellbeing.
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Events

The KOTAMO report - Making Waves 2/Feb/2023
Academic events

The KOTAMO report: Equality, non-discrimination and diversity among teaching and research staff in higher education institutions - Making Waves 2/Feb/2023 14:00

Join us for our next Making Waves event on 2/Feb/2023 14:00: Senior Expert Julia Jousilahti (Demos Helsinki) will talk about the KOTAMO report commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Culture: Equality, non-discrimination and diversity among teaching and research staff in higher education institutions.
The researchers utilized the exceptional facilities of Micronova Nanofabrication Cleanroom. Photo: Aalto University / Mikko Raskinen
Information sessions, Networking, Students

Get to know semiconductor industry in Finland!

Come and get to know heavily growing semiconductor industry and companies in Finland. When you know semiconductor industry better you will get more out of your future studies and build relationships that support your career. Event is organized in co-operation with Okmetic, Murata, Vaisala, Kyocera Tikitin ja Applied Materials.
Professors Jaana Vapaavuori and Sandra Kaabel
Other

“Breaking Barriers in Science” - IUPAC’s Global Women’s Breakfast

CHEM – Aalto University organises IUPAC’s Global Women’s Breakfast 2023 on 14th February. The event begins at 8.30 at the CHEM upstairs lobby. Everyone is welcome, but you need to pre-register by 7th February.
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Other

Art & Tech Gala 2023

The Art & Tech Gala showcases productions from the winning teams of the Art & Tech Open Calls 2020-2022.

Our students and alumni

Alumna of the Year 2021 Reetta Kaila has built a career that lives up to her values

Reetta Kaila, D.Sc. (Tech.), has been selected as the Alumna of the Year 2021 of the School of Chemical Engineering. Kaila, who is the Director of Sustainable Fuels and Environment at Wärtsilä Energy, is on a mission to reduce emissions and create a sustainable society.

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Change the world - Study Chemical Engineering (external link)

Come and study a field with excellent employment opportunities

Study CHEM

Why to choose the School of Chemical Engineering?

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

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More than the degree | Aalto Blogs (external link)

Blogposts by Aalto Squad student ambassadors. Read all about student life and studies at Aalto University!

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Departments

Our purpose is to drive sustainable chemical engineering for bio and circular economy. We advance sustainable solutions and breakthroughs by scientific and engineering excellence.

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.

We  promote collaboration across the fields and generate an inclusive community with an experimental culture. We provide an excellent working environment with top level infrastructure and strong industrial networks. 

Learn more about the impact we make!

 Simone Haslinger and Sherif Elsayed in the laboratory

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

Enabling bio and circular economy

Researchers in the lab

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Sustainable future with high performance products

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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Excellence clusters and centers

Aalto University Bioinnovation Center

To achieve human wellbeing in planetary boundaries, we need new sustainable solutions to wisely use our natural resources. The Bioinnovation Center especially focuses on innovations in sustainable bio-based materials, with special focus on textiles and packaging.

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FinnCERES - Flagship for boosting bioeconomy (external link)

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.

Birch leaves. Photo: Valeria Azovskaya

The LIBER Center of Excellence

LIBER aims to create dynamic and soft hybrid materials with a capability to learn, adapt or response to the environment. LIBER combines eight research groups with expertise on molecular self-assembly, soft robotics, surfaces and interfaces, genetic engineering of proteins, biotechnological production of engineered biomolecules, and computational modelling.

BATCircle consortium (external link)

BATCircle aims at improving the manufacturing processes of battery chemicals and the mining and metals industries and to increase the recycling of lithium-ion batteries.

Image from remote site: batcircle.aalto.fi

We are enthusiastic about...

Structural colors

What if we had wood-based colours that never faded?

The color is nontoxic, produced 100% from wood, and can be industrially and economically produced.

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/structuralcolor

Color from wood

What if the colour of your jeans grew in your garden?

We explore how to produce and utilise natural dyes derived from plants in a sustainable way.

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/willowbark

Metal coating

What if metals could be protected with wood?

In its pure, additive-free form, lignin coatings have already been proven to be effective in minimising the corrosion of metal surfaces.

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/metal-coating

Fish scales

What if solar cells could be made out of fish scales?

We are exploring how natural materials like wood or organic byproducts –  or even waste like fish scales – could be used for solar cells.

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/fish-scales

3D arm bone

What if you could 3D print custom bone implants?

Thanks to 3D printing, we can manufacture individualized, custom implants that enhance bone growth and degrade as the patient heals.

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/3d-bones

Bacterial cellulose in bowl on a yellow backround

What if bandages could be grown by bacteria?

Although some bacterial colonies can threaten human life, bacteria can be used to produce essential molecules and materials like bacterial cellulose.

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/bacterial-cellulose

Cow hair

What if cattle all over the world were eating Finnish wood?

Microcrystalline cellulose is truly a power food for ruminants, and so it could be used to raise the caloric density of animal feed.

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/aalto-cell

Ioncell wood textile

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

Ioncell, a fibre woven from cellulose, is a strong contender as a sustainable alternative to cotton and polyester.

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/ioncell

Beakers

What if chemists were also programmers?

When modelling chemical engineering processes, programming skills are essential – and understanding programming basics is an asset in many other tasks as well. 

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/chem

Black stain

What if every engineer thought like an artist?

Breaking out of one’s own bubble challenges the brain and changes attitudes. This is why arts courses at Aalto are available to everyone.

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/take5-1

What if logo

At Aalto University, we believe in the power of curiosity. We encourage our students and staff to explore the unknown, learn and do things in completely new ways – to break boundaries together.

See more projects at: https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/

 

Students

The people of the School of Chemical Engineering

What kind of career opportunities are there if you study chemical engineering? Get to know our alumnis, students, and faculty members!

School of Chemical Engineering
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Management of School of Chemical Engineering

Information about the management and administration of the School of Chemical Engineering.

Careers

Open positions

Looking for a job at Aalto University? See our open positions.

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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.

At work

Contact information and buildings

Contact information: School of Chemical Engineering

Contact information for the School of Chemical Engineering

Kemistintie 1, ilmakuva, aeriel view. Kuva/Image:: Aalto-yliopisto / Mikko Raskinen /Aalto University

Kemistintie 1

Kemistintie 1

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

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Aalto Bioproduct Centre

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Micronova

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Micronova cleanroom kuva: Aino Huovio
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