School of Chemical Engineering
Welcome to the School of Chemical Engineering!
Studies in chemical engineering offer a unique combination of natural sciences and technology.
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.
The KOTAMO report: Equality, non-discrimination and diversity among teaching and research staff in higher education institutions - Making Waves 2/Feb/2023 14:00Join 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.
Our students and alumni
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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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.
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Excellence clusters and centers
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.
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.
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 aims at improving the manufacturing processes of battery chemicals and the mining and metals industries and to increase the recycling of lithium-ion batteries.
We are enthusiastic about...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
Contact information and buildings
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