A sustainable bio- and circular economy through chemical engineering

We support the transition to a low-carbon economy through scientific breakthroughs and technological excellence.

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Students

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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Research & Art Published:

Ascending Investigator Grant from Novo Nordisk Foundation awarded to Maria Sammalkorpi for computational biosynthetic materials research

Senior Scientist Maria Sammalkorpi has been awarded the highly competed Ascending Investigator 2022 Grant from Novo Nordisk Foundation for a total of ca 9 million DKK (1.2M€).
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Professor emeritus Patrick Gane awarded by TAPPI as “Outstanding Educator”

Professor emeritus Patrick Gane awarded by TAPPI as “Outstanding Educator”
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Cooperation Published:

Aalto University becomes a founding partner in Ioncell Oy

The new company will commercialise and develop ecological textile fibre technologies.
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For students: Learn languages and intercultural competencies online with Unite! Apply now to courses in the autumn 2022

Unite! partner universities offer online courses in language, communication and global competence that are open to all Aalto University students.

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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Aalto CHEM graduates in working life

CHEM master's and doctoral graduates are successful and satisfied.

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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!

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Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

Enabling bio and circular economy

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Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Sustainable future with high performance products

Infrastructures

Research infrastructure

We develop local and global networks

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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.

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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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Management of School of Chemical Engineering

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

Events

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Online event

For teachers: Serious Game Design

Do you want to help to increase students' engagement and motivation? Serious games dynamize learners and provide interactive learning situations. The methodology of this workshop will guide you through serious game design.
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MAGICS Community Event

Welcome to MAGICS (Media – Arts – Games – Interaction – Computing – Science) community event!
Public defences

Public defence in the field of Bioproduct Technology, M.Sc.(Tech.) Most Kaniz Moriam

M.Sc.(Tech.) Most Kaniz Moriam will defend the doctoral thesis " Modification of Ioncell spinning technology to increase fiber toughness and create a water-repellent surface" on 20 May 2022 at 14 in Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems.
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Campus

A Grid community tour 24.5.

Check out one of the largest startup centres in Northern Europe.

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: School of Chemical Engineering

Contact information for the School of Chemical Engineering

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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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