School of Chemical Engineering
Welcome to the School of Chemical Engineering!
Studies in chemical engineering offer a unique combination of natural sciences and technology.
Five things decision-makers should know about the electrification of societyElectrification 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.
Suggest the next Chemical Engineering Alumna or Alumnus of the YearCHEM School’s next Alumnus/ Alumna of the Year
Alternatives to fossil-based fibres – Helena Sederholm develops sustainable textilesToday’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.
Considerable Novo Nordisk funding for researcher Sesilja ArankoStaff 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.
Per Stenius receives prestigious Lampén MedalDoctor 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.
Opening up the world of scienceAalto University Junior provides free study visits for groups from primary and secondary schools. Aalto students earn work experience credits by running the workshops.
Perspectives on open data: Aalto Research Data UncoveredMarika Tervahartiala and Kamyar Hasanzadeh took the stage to share their insights on opening geographic and visual data.
"I'm more corageous." - Why co-teaching. Listen to a podcastNew 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.
Solving the challenges of electrification is not just a scientific question: it requires extensive societal debate.
Public defence in Processing of Materials, M.Sc. (Tech) Alexandra ZühlkeDynamic mechanical characterization of biomaterials for medical devices
Lecture by Prof. Sergejs Gaidukovs about research on Complex Polymer Systems (June 5, 2023)Department of Chemistry and Materials Science
Intro to Scientific Computing and HPC 6-8 June 2023How to do computational work at Aalto with remote resources and high performance computing (HPC). Special focus for summer workers!
Our students and alumni
Why to choose the School of Chemical Engineering?
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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.
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Sustainable future with high performance products
We develop local and global networks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
Looking for a job at Aalto University? See our open positions.
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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