School of Chemical Engineering
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Gust. Kompa Dissertation Prize 2023 of the Finnish Chemical Society was awarded to Janne Naapuri, PhD, from Aalto University and Jussi Isokuortti, PhD, from Tampere University of Technology.
Ville Alopaeus has worked as a professor at Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering since 2008. Researching separation processes and process modelling, Alopaeus aims to contribute to the transition towards a renewable energy and materials environment.
Professor Luana Dessbesell works on bridging the gap between academia and industry. Her research group Sustainable Bioproducts Innovation is a multidisciplinary group of people who seek to support the development and commercialization of new forest-based innovations.
Food out of thin air and green electricity – School of Chemical Engineering Alum of the Year Juha-Pekka Pitkänen
Alum of the Year Juha-Pekka Pitkänen draws on everything he has learned at Otaniemi when he does his work.
Solving the challenges of electrification is not just a scientific question: it requires extensive societal debate.
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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.
We are enthusiastic about...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/