School of Chemical Engineering


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Five things decision-makers should know about the electrification of society

Electrification plays a key role in solving the climate crisis. Aalto University researchers describe what kind of challenges this entails and how they can be tackled.
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Suggest the next Chemical Engineering Alumna or Alumnus of the Year

CHEM School’s next Alumnus/ Alumna of the Year
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Alternatives to fossil-based fibres – Helena Sederholm develops sustainable textiles

Today’s outdoor clothing mainly relies on oil-based fibres and chemicals that are harmful for the environment. In her doctoral research, Helena Sederholm develops environmentally friendly water-repellent textiles. She follows the example of nature.
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Considerable Novo Nordisk funding for researcher Sesilja Aranko

Staff Scientist Sesilja Aranko has been awarded the highly competed Emerging Investigator 2023 Grant from Novo Nordisk Foundation for a research project focusing on post-translational modifications in protein-based biomaterials. The grant awarded is 10 million DKK (approx. 1.34M€) for a five-year period.
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Per Stenius receives prestigious Lampén Medal

Doctor of Philosophy, Professor Emeritus Per Stenius has received the prestigious Lampén Medal. The medal is awarded for the outstanding and wide-ranging technical and scientific work carried out for the forest industry.
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Opening up the world of science

Aalto University Junior provides free study visits for groups from primary and secondary schools. Aalto students earn work experience credits by running the workshops.


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Maintenance break in ACRIS on 5 June 2023

Maintenance break in ACRIS on 5 June 2023
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Suggest a new name for Otakaari 2B building

Send your proposal latest by 14 June!
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Perspectives on open data: Aalto Research Data Uncovered

Marika Tervahartiala and Kamyar Hasanzadeh took the stage to share their insights on opening geographic and visual data.
The Future-led Learning Podcast is hosted by Riikka Evans. Photograph: Janne Illman.
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"I'm more corageous." - Why co-teaching. Listen to a podcast

New season of Future-led learning podcast takes you to a very practical level of working with students. This season includes topical issues such as academic advising, inclusion, co-teaching and sustainability. Topic for the last episode of this season is co-teaching.

Electrifying society

Solving the challenges of electrification is not just a scientific question: it requires extensive societal debate.

Availability of metals will soon become an obstacle to cure climate change. Read more
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Public defences

Public defence in Processing of Materials, M.Sc. (Tech) Alexandra Zühlke

Dynamic mechanical characterization of biomaterials for medical devices
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Lectures and seminars
Intro to scientific computing and HPC
Staff trainings, Training to support research

Intro to Scientific Computing and HPC 6-8 June 2023

How to do computational work at Aalto with remote resources and high performance computing (HPC). Special focus for summer workers!
Entangled exhibition, Beyond e-Textiles project.

Beyond e-Textiles: ENTANGLED

Prototype exhibition of the 'Beyond e-Textiles' project

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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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.

 Simone Haslinger and Sherif Elsayed in the laboratory

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


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.

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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.

Birch leaves. Photo: Valeria Azovskaya

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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.


    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.

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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.

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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.

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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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