School of Chemical Engineering

Spotlight

Ashok Kumar, the new Honorary Doctor in Technology, is a pioneer in bioengineering

Professor Ashok Kumar is a globally awarded researcher and pioneer in bioengineering.

Honorary Professor Ashok Kumar

Improved wood

Finland is known for its wood. The Wood Material Science research group, led by Lauri Rautkari, is, as its name suggests, focused on wood, which is perhaps more interesting now than ever.

Wood Material Science research group

Noora Hautamäki was an exchange student in Mexico and encourages everyone to go on exchange

Noora Hautamäki, studying chemical engineering, spent six months on exchange in Monterrey, Mexico. After her exchange, she spent a year as an exchange student advisor at Aalto University and continues to volunteer with the exchange organization through which she did her high school exchange.

Noora Hautamäki

Making textiles greener, safer, and cooler

Professor Ali Tehrani and his research group focus on something very familiar to us all – textiles.

Textile Chemistry research group

News

Tiny plant with text aside Unite! Seed Fund 2024
Awards and Recognition, Cooperation Published:

Unite! Seed Fund 2024 awards funding to 13 applications with Aalto's involvement

The Unite! Seed Fund aims to stimulate and support bottom-up proposals by teachers, researchers and students for collaborative activities.
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Diploma award ceremony 12.06.2024

The School of Chemical Engineering congratulates all the graduates of spring 2024!
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Cooperation, Press releases, University Published:

American and Finnish universities collaborate to drive SDG advancement and innovation

American and Finnish universities collaborate on SDG innovation during a week-long training event, fostering global sustainability solutions.
Honorary Professor Ashok Kumar
Awards and Recognition, Research & Art Published:

Ashok Kumar, the new Honorary Doctor in Technology, is a pioneer in bioengineering

Professor Ashok Kumar is a globally awarded researcher and pioneer in bioengineering.

Events

A forest in the background, text Unite! Widening EU Mission Adaptation to climate change 18 June 2024
Information sessions, Workshops

Learn about “EU Mission Adaptation to climate change” programmes and funding calls

The event aims to present the possibilities of participating in the EU Mission Adaptation to Climate Change programs and calls.
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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).
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Campus, Information sessions, Service competence

ACRE Day October 9th 2024

Together on campus: building the future through interaction!
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Exhibitions, Fairs, Students

Talent Expo 2024

Aalto University's largest recruitment event Talent Expo will be organized in Dipoli (Otaniemi) on November 14th, 2024! Virtual fair activities will also be available during the fair week.

Our students and alumni

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

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.

Lignocellulose samples by Mohamed Magd. Photo: Valeria Azovskaya

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

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

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    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/

    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.

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    Contact information and buildings

    Contact information and about us

    Contact information for the School of Chemical Engineering

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    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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