School of Chemical Engineering

At the School of Chemical Engineering, we combine natural sciences and engineering in a unique way.

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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

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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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.

Doctor of Technology Anu Kaukovirta

News

Sustainability Science Days 2021 - Destruction & Creativity - May 18-19th, Helsinki and Espoo
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Our un­will­ing­ness to sac­ri­fice com­fort: 3 ta­boos pre­vent­ing sustainable trans­form­a­tion

Why is it so difficult for us to change our current practices for more sustainable ones? Are there any explicit taboos that hinder decision-making? Sustainability Science Days, Finland’s largest event in sustainability science, addresses sustainability challenges, including both taboos and innovative ways of promoting sustainability.
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New quality award will be given to teams of top experts who change Aalto over the long term

The new ‘Aalto Pioneering Excellence Award’ highlights the importance of quality and excellence. The award can be applied or nominated annually by the end of May
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Events

Aalto Sustainability Talks seminar series wheel logo, with turquoise background. Highlited is SDG 12 slot on brown colour. Text with font Georfia: Sustainable textiles - still dream or possible reality? 16.4.2021 / 9:00-10:15, Online-webinar.
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Sustainable textiles – still a dream or possible reality?

Aalto Sustainability Talks research seminar on sustainable textiles and SDG 12.
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Climate change - perspectives of hope for the future

The discussion will address, among other things, the mitigation of climate change through technology and the potential for change in the lives of individuals and communities. The event was postponed from Spring 2020 to 2021.
Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of Processing of Materials, M.Sc (tech.) Pelin Altinkaya

The title of the dissertation is: Leaching and recovery of gold from low grade raw materials in cyanide-free media
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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:

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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Collaborate with us

The School of Chemical Engineering carries out wide ranging and diverse forms of cooperation.

Corporate collaboration and joint projects
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What if...

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

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

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

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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/

 

The people of the School of Chemical Engineering

Interviews of our faculty members

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AALTOLAB

 

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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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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