School of Chemical Engineering

Alumnus Julius Grahn: 'Laboratory work gave a reason to spend a lot of time with new people.'

A combination of hands-on laboratory work and theoretical research, Julius Grahn graduated in 2019 from the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Functional Materials.
Julius on a cliff near a forrest looking into the camera

Why did you want to study a degree in Master of Science in Chemical Engineering?

I have always been curious and interested in how thing work. So when I in high school had a charismatic chemistry teacher it was quite easy to make the decision to study chemistry at university.

What was the best thing about your studies?

I think one of the best things with my studies was the laboratory work, because this usually entailed spending a lot of time with the same group of people in the lab. This gave a good opportunity to get to know people and develop relationships with people you might otherwise not get to know.

What course did you find most interesting and what was it about?

I think it is hard to choose just one course that stands out as the most interesting one since most master courses touch on current hot topics. If I had to choose, I think that one of the research courses was the most interesting. This because in these courses, one had the opportunity to explore a defined topic with both laboratory work and theoretical research.

Do you already have a job after your studies? How did you get it?

Yes, after finishing my studies at Aalto I got an internship at Murata Electronics and in the end of the internship I was asked to continue in the same team.

Have you been working during your studies in the field that you are studying? (for e.g. summer job)  

 During my studies I worked at the University for a few summers as a research assistant for Physical Characteristics of Surfaces and Interfaces. My tasks included samples preparations, thin film depositions, maintenance of the used deposition system and information gathering.

What are your future career goals? 

I wouldn’t say that I have a dream job. But after my graduation, I can see myself working in an R&D department for a company in the semiconductor industry.

Read more about the programme

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Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Functional Materials

Ranked among the top universities for materials science by QS World University Ranking, Aalto University educates materials experts who want to learn both hard-core science subjects and practical engineering thinking. The Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering – Functional Materials is a one-of-a-kind programme fueled by cutting edge research and strong industry links.

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