School of Chemical Engineering

The people of the School of Chemical Engineering

What are doctoral studies, who is an associate professor and what do researchers really do? In this interview series we hear from our faculty members about their jobs and how they got there. Read below different stories, like how a seahorse can be a lab partner!
Beakers

Professors:

Get to know us: Professor Olli Dahl

Saving the environment via businesses.

Olli smiling

Get to know us: Emeritus Professor Olof Forsén

Academic career over 40 years long.

Olof smiling

Get to know us: Assistant Professor Antti Karttunen

Combining virtual reality with teaching.

Antti at Aalto Unviersity smiling towards the camera

Get to know us: Assistant Professor Michael Hummel

Fascination for wood and Finland.

Michael smiling in Dipoli building

Get to know us: Assistant Professor Mari Lundström

Reimain in good spirits after bad results and don't give up!

Mari Lundström

Jaana Vapaavuori: From dancer to researcher

Professor of functional nanomaterials would like to combine technology and art in her research.

Jaana Vapaavuori, kuva: Helena Seppälä / Aalto-yliopisto

Mixing people

Mixing people with different backgrounds is a nutrient for creativity, says professor Tapani Vuorinen.

man standing in a storage in front of the window, wearing a white laboratory coat, smiling

Nurturing the passion for research - Interviewing Associate Professor Ali Tehrani

This is an interview with Associate professor Ali Tehrani, who works at Aalto University's School of Chemical Engineering Bioproducts and Biosystems Department. He has an impressive background in textile research before joining Aalto and he also enjoys guiding and supporting his students in their research and career.

Associate Professor Ali Tehrani standing in front of blooming trees.

Revolutionising the bio-based industry

An interview of the new Professor of Practice Juha Lipponen from the School of Chemical Engineering.

Professor Juha Lipponen standing at Kemistintie

How to get companies in the metal industry more employees and more students for the master’s degree programme?

‘The great thing about this cooperation is that everyone wins,’ said Ari Jokilaakso, Professor of metallurgy.

Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

Young Researcher of the Year develops multifunctional materials

The Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion has named Assistant Professor Jaana Vapaavuori as Young Researcher of the Year for 2020. Vapaavuori's work is guided by design thinking and the optimal utilisation of resources.

Jaana Vapaavuori

Bacteria factories and soft robots

Tailored molecules and materials could revolutionise the chemicals industry, move fabrics and make solar panels more ecological.

Jan Deska, Jaana Vapaavuori, kuva: Jaakko Kahilaniemi

Teaching and providing “aha!” experiences motivate our new Vice Dean of Education Jouni Paltakari

Paltakari wants to show all the incredible things we can do with chemical engineering. At the very core of all of our actions are sustainable development and problem solving.

Jouni Paltakari varadekaani koulutus

Michael Hummel: Sustainable and renewable materials will replace oil-based products

Researchers need to be team players, says Professor of Biopolymer Chemistry and Engineering.

Michael Hummel, kuva: Jaakko Kahilaniemi

Eero Kontturi: The most important skill for a researcher is the desire to read and write

Professor of Materials Chemistry of Cellulose relaxes by reading scientific articles and makes no distinction between work and free time.

Eero Kontturi. Kuva: Lasse Lecklin / Aalto-yliopisto

Small Finland is a big player in the circular economy of metals

Finland was chosen to lead the strategic planning for battery recycling in Europe. Two key reasons for this achievement are the high-level research carried out in Finland and the close cooperation within the sector.

Professor Mari Lundström Aalto University

Creating a unique professional profile by combining different fields of science

Professor Daniel Lindberg, a geologist and a chemist, encourages his students to study combinations of different subjects and fields of science.

Professori Daniel Lindberg, kuva Mortti Saarnia

Metallurgists are needed to fix the sustainability gap

Professor of Metallurgy Ari Jokilaakso’s researches the behaviour of chemical elements at high temperatures. He wants to give students a real understanding of chemical phenomena.

Photo: Mikko Raskinen

Alexander Frey wants to cut health costs with specialised yeast

The Professor of Molecular biotechnology has harnessed a hardy workforce for tasks such as manufacturing cheap medicines and biofuels.

Alexander Frey_Aalto-yliopisto_Mikko Raskinen

Michael Hummel knows breakthrough research is hardly ever a one-man show

Postdoc researcher thinks that cutting-edge research requires a multi-disciplinary group of highly qualified and highly motivated partners.

Michael smiling in Dipoli building

Monika Österberg develops from wood a contender to oil

Associate Professor of Bioproduct Chemistry Monika Österberg wants to see her innovations change the world.

Monika Österberg

Nanofiber scaffolds demonstrate new features in the behaviour of stem and cancer cells

A discovery in the field of biomaterials may open new frontiers in stem and cancer cell manipulation and associated advanced therapy development.

Biomedical scaffold

Professorship strengthens the cooperation of ABB and Aalto in Industrial Internet solutions

Dr. Iiro Harjunkoski has been appointed Adjunt Professor at the School of Chemical Engineering.

Iiro Harjunkoski

A maker of better materials

Professor Tanja Kallio develops ecological, safe and affordable materials for batteries and electrocatalysts.

Tanja Kallio / Kuva: Anni Hanen-Kajander

Professor Metal

Mari Lundström wants to recover and reuse metals. She approaches her task with a steely resolve.

Professor Mari Lundström Aalto University

Environmental technology is a way of thinking

Green ideas should penetrate both education and industry says Ville Alopaeus, awarded with Tapani Järvinen Environmental Technology Fund grant.

Chem Professor_Ville Alopaeus

Doctoral studies:

Parallel paths: Designer and materials scientist conjure up glimmering colours out of wood

Designer Noora Yau and materials scientist Konrad Klockars have used wood to conjure up a colour, which is transparent yet glows like a copepod in shallow water. The pair’s good chemistry and open attitude towards asking silly questions is a great help in their work.

Tohtorikoulutettavat Noora Yau ja Konrad Klockars seisovat vierekkäin valkoista taustaa vasten. Heidän välissään on pystysuora puinen levy, joka on pohjaväriltään musta, mutta pinnassa on kirkkaita sinisiä ja keltaisia kuvioita. Kuva: Jaakko Kahilaniemi.

Get to know us: Doctoral student Pingchao Ke

Having an overseas research experience is very important for every researcher.

Pingchao Ke in the laboratory with safety gear standing in front of lab equipment smiling

Get to know us: Postdoctoral Researcher Sipi Seisko

Even a seahorse can be a lab partner.

Sipi leaning towards the building for the School of Chemical Engineering

Get to know us: Doctoral student Jere Partinen

Be prepared to face difficulties, but do not let them stop you.

Jere in the laboratory with safety gear holding a bottle

Get to know us: Doctoral student Taina Kalliomäki

University of applied science studies before Aalto.

Taina in lab gear in the laboratoy smiling

Could mesocrystals make medication more effective? - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Rajaboopathi Mani

More water soluble the drug is the faster and more effective it works. Many new drug molecules have low solubility and that could limit their effectiveness when taken by mouth.

Rajaboopathi Mani

Master studies:

Alumnus Adel Assad: "Finland has become a second home for me"

Living alone for the first time abroad, cooking more or less successfully and meeting with kind Finns. Adel Assad graduated in 2019 from the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering. He moved to Finland and experienced new things he had never heard of before. He is greatly appreciated within his community and he has honorary academic achievements, contributions towards the student community and a passion towards building a sustainable future.

Adel in a float boat in a lake in Finland

Alumna Salli Aikio: "I want to make an impact and build a better future through sustainable metals processing"

Projects with companies working in the field, interesting trainee positions and a passion for sustainability. Salli Aikio graduated in 2019 from the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Sustainable Metals Processing.

Salli in the forest smiling

Alumnus Adel Assad: "My goal is to be in the front line of creating a greener planet with sustainable solutions"

Honorary academic achievements, contributions towards the student community and a passion towards building a better future, Adel Assad graduated 2019 from the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Functional Materials. He studied a minor in Fibre and Polymers Engineering.

Adel smiling

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

Student Jonna Jyrämä: “I can make a difference by shaping a greener future"

Inspiring a new generation of future chemists at part-time job for Aalto Junior, working in different teams to create new innovative solutions and an interest towards sustainability, Jonna Jyrämä is graduating in 2021 from the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Fibre and Polymer Engineering.

Jonna in a ballgown in the park wearing a Teekkari cap

Alumnus Jarkko Larkio: "Getting out of my comfort zone and learning a lot of new things in different areas of chemistry."

Development of renewable energy sources is becoming more and more crucial, Jarkko Larkio graduated from the Master’s programme: Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering in 2020.

Jarkko Smiling

Student Veera Petäjäniemi: "Through research, I can make an actual impact on the world."

Creating new chemical processes from scratch with a degree that combines chemistry, mathematics and physics. Veera Petäjäniemi is studying in the Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering - Chemical and Process Engineering.

Veera standing in nature

Chemistry and business students developed plant-based products with Valio

A team of two Master’s students collaborated with Valio in a 6-month Aalto Thesis project.

Two lab-coated women in a laboratory looking at pipes.

Lumi Maunuvaara: Becoming an entrepreneur with the drive of a 20-year-old

Lumi Maunuvaara, who founded HAVU Cosmetics during her second year of studies, learned quickly that being a start-up entrepreneur requires courage, even foolhardiness, but also humility. High interest in ones own field and the company ensures continued motivation even in difficult moments.

Lumi Maunuvaara, HAVU Cosmetics
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