School of Chemical Engineering

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Get to know us: Associate Professor Maria Sammalkorpi

Sammalkorpi received her doctorate from Helsinki University of Technology 2004. After her defence, she has worked as a researcher at the Universities of Princeton, Yale and Aalto.

Professori Maria Sammalkorpi

Miia Mäkelä has been appointed as Associate Professor at the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

D.Sc. (Microbiology) Miia Mäkelä has been appointed as tenured Associate Professor at the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems as of 1 September 2024.

Miia Mäkelä

Daniel Martin-Yerga has been appointed Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

Ph. D. Daniel Martin-Yerga has been appointed five-year fixed term Assistant Professor position at the Department of Chemistry and Materials Science as of 1 January 2025.

Daniel Martin-Yerga

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

News

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Get to know us: Associate Professor Maria Sammalkorpi

Sammalkorpi received her doctorate from Helsinki University of Technology 2004. After her defence, she has worked as a researcher at the Universities of Princeton, Yale and Aalto.
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Campus for people, plants and pollinators

The Otaniemi campus nature is managed with respect to biodiversity and the characteristic species of habitats.
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2 027 new students admitted to Aalto University’s Finnish, Swedish bachelor’s programmes

13 500 applied to Aalto University in Finland's spring joint application in 2024
Miia Mäkelä
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Miia Mäkelä has been appointed as Associate Professor at the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

D.Sc. (Microbiology) Miia Mäkelä has been appointed as tenured Associate Professor at the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems as of 1 September 2024.

Events

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Information sessions, Networking

US alumni get-together at FinnFest 2024

Join us for this first-of-its-kind get-together of Aalto University and University of Helsinki at FinnFest 2024!
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Networking

Aalto Digital Creatives afterwork and info session

Aalto Digital Creatives programme continues the series of open afterwork sessions and warmly welcomes creative industry students, researchers and practitioners to join the next event.
Designer Noora Yau's shimmering wood chrystals. Photo: Mikko Raskinen
Lectures and seminars

Events programme – Designs for a Cooler Planet 2024

Attend over thirty open seminars, talks, tours, film screenings and workshops. Most of the events will take place at the Otaniemi campus or online.
Visual designer Merle Karp made this collage with AI, using photos by Mikko Raskinen, Anne Kinnunen and Aleksi Poutanen.
Lectures and seminars, Networking

Artificial Creativity – Aalto LASER Talks

Is artificial intelligence simply a tool, or does it possess creative capabilities?

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.

    At work

    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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