School of Chemical Engineering

Spotlight

UPM supports Aalto University's pulp research and education

High quality research enables high quality education

Biotuotekeskuksen avajaiset

CIMANET Doctoral Education Network

Circular Materials Bioeconomy Network: From bio-based resources to advanced materials (CIMANET).

CIMANET

Get to know us: Assistant Professor Sandra Kaabel

In this interview we got to know more about Assistant Professor Sandra Kaabel.

Assistant Professor Sandra Kaabel

Aalto focuses on pulp research to boost a shift to a low carbon economy

A ground-breaking research programme together with universities, research organizations, and companies is established to reform the traditional pulping processes. As the target of the programme is industrial scale relevance, it requires a pool of scientists and the industry to work together internationally.

Nanoselluloosaa

Brighter together: designing sustainable technologies to create electronic devices

An article about an Aalto research project focusing on light-emitting electrochemical cells has been published in Chemical Science.

Photoactive Organic Materials research group

Leevi Härkönen learned concrete work life skills in a student organization

Kemian tekniikkaa opiskeleva Leevi Härkönen löysi opiskelijatoiminnan pariin jo opintojensa alkutaipaleella.

Leevi Härkönen

News

Alex Henn
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Alexander Henn received the Finnish Natural Resources Research Foundation's Doctoral Dissertation Award

Alexander Henn developed two new applications for lignin that create opportunities for value creation from forest industry by-streams. The research promotes the use of the added value of Finnish wood material in accordance with the principles of the bio- and circular economy.
Professor Riikka Puurunen, Catalysis Research group, Aalto Open Science Award, Honorary mention
Awards and Recognition, Research & Art Published:

Aalto Open Science Award Honorary Mention 2023 – Professor Riikka Puurunen leads by example to foster sustainable open science

We interviewed professor Riikka Puurunen, head of Catalysis research group at the School of Chemical Engineering, who received an honorary mention in the first Aalto Open Science Award.
Biotuotekeskuksen avajaiset
Cooperation, Research & Art Published:

UPM supports Aalto University's pulp research and education

High quality research enables high quality education
Assistant Professor Sandra Kaabel
Research & Art Published:

Get to know us: Assistant Professor Sandra Kaabel

In this interview we got to know more about Assistant Professor Sandra Kaabel.

Events

Finnish Social Science Data Archive: Open archiving of data collected from human subjects
Lectures and seminars, Staff trainings, Support for teams, Training to support research

Finnish Social Science Data Archive: Open archiving of data collected from human subjects, Apr 16, 2024

Learn about the opening of data from human subjects with Dr. Arja Kuula-Luumi, Chief Specialist from the Finnish Social Science Data Archive.
DMPs: online workshop
Lectures and seminars, Staff trainings, Support for teams, Training to support research

Data Management Plans: Online workshop for researchers, Apr 17, 2024

Learn about writing a DMP with Information Specialist Lucie Hradecká and Data Agent Enrico Glerean.
On a light blue background a bright orange illustration of a shoe and below the text "Bigger Shoes!"
Lectures and seminars, Networking

Bigger Shoes — weekly startup events (external link)

Bringing the biggest and boldest entrepreneurs to you, so you can learn from their successes and failures.
Kuva Veripalvelun sivuilta We are lifesavers
Other

Blood donation in Dipoli

Finnish Red Cross Blood Service will organize a blood donation

Coffee & Science in the departments of CHEM

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

    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/

    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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    School of Chemical Engineering

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

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    Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

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    Micronova

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