Prof. De Jong’s lecture on catalysis in Aalto University Youtube channel

As mentioned in the previous blog post, Prof. Krijn De Jong from Utrecht University, current holder of the EFCATS Francoise Gault lecture award, gave an inspiring plenary lecture “Effects of size and location of metal nanoparticles in catalysis” at the Finnish Young Scientist Forum on Catalysis on April 6, 2018. The lecture was captured on video and is now shared through the Aalto University Youtube channel. Enjoy! Direct link: https://youtu.be/HjQUPhd6srQ.

P.S. Another interesting Youtube video of Prof. De Jong, in the Utrecht University channel: https://youtu.be/Y7NCn8PIVpM. Video in Dutch, subtitles English.

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Finnish Young Scientist Forum on Catalysis 2018 – report of the event

On April 6 this year, I organized the event “Finnish Young Scientist Forum on Catalysis 2018 (FYSFC2018)” for the Finnish Catalysis Society. In the newest Katse 1/2018 newsletter of the society, a report of the event is published by my colleague José Luis González Escobedo, who is a doctoral student at Aalto University. A copy of the report is reposted in Catalysis Professor’s Open with permission of the author and of the Finnish Catalysis Society.

3rd Finnish Young Scientist Forum on Catalysis

Last April 6, 2018, the third Finnish Young Scientist Forum on Catalysis (FYSFC) took place in Otaniemi, Espoo, organized by the Finnish Catalysis Society. The Forum is a relaxed, yearly event, where PhD students from Finnish Universities get the chance to present their work to their peers, professors, and other Catalysis professionals. The event is also a great opportunity for the members of the Catalysis community in Finland to network and catch up with each other. This year, the organization of the Forum was in charge of Professor Riikka Puurunen from Aalto University. The venue was the landmark Dipoli building in Aalto University’s Otaniemi campus.

Participants of the FYSFC 2018 enjoying a coffee break in Dipoli building’s Juhla-aula. Photo by Riikka Puurunen.

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Course feedback ready & shared CHEM-E1130 + CHEM-E1140

Student feedback surveys are finished for 2018 for the courses CHEM-E1130 Catalysis and CHEM-E1140 Catalysis for Biomass Refining. Warmest thanks to all students who answered; the feedback will help develop the courses further. Feedback summaries, with identifiable comments removed, can be viewed through the courses’ MyCourses pages, Feedback tab:

In both courses, Panopto lecture capture was made. This feature was much appreciated by the students and can be recommended for other courses, too.

That it is possible to share course feedback like this, I learned in the A!Peda Intro course in 2017, from Marko Keskinen’s model for the “Vesi & ympäristötekniikka” course. News item related to that course: http://www.aalto.fi/en/current/news/2016-10-27-003/ (also in Finnish).

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New article in press, by Mäkelä et al.

New accepted article from the Aalto Catalysis group:

  • Mäkelä, Lahti, Jaatinen, Romar, Hu, Lassi, Puurunen, Karinen,
  • Study of Ni, Pt and Ru catalysts on wood-based activated carbon supports and their activity in 2-methylfuran production,
  • ChemCatChem, Published online 25th of April.
  • https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201800263

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Spam, spam, spam…

A sad part of blogging are spam comments. Screen capture of the latest portion of spam comments below. It would be great if there was less of these, or if I would not need to mark them individually as spam…

Interestingly, although there has also been some spam in my other blog, the ALD History Blog (made with Blogger, while Catalysis Professor’s Open is made with WordPress), spam has not been a big of an issue there.

 

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Thank you for the photos!

Thank you for the professors’ photography session in April 2018, Anni Hanén, Mikko Raskinen, Aalto University.

Finalised photos, in full resolution, available at: http://materialbank.aalto.fi:80/public/2c71ee1bc8FE.aspx.

 

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Podcast (in Finnish) on catalysis in YLE Tiedeykkönen

A radio podcast to explain catalysis and its importance to a broader public has recently been made by journalist Mari Heikkilä. In the podcast, professors at the University of Jyväskylä, Prof. Karoliina Honkala and Prof. Petri Pihko, are interviewed. The podcast lasts for 46 min and is currently available without end date. A recommended listening (in Finnish) to all from my part.

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Catalysis Professor’s Update 1/2018

From: Puurunen Riikka Sent: 6. maaliskuuta 2018 11:18 To: Puurunen Riikka <> Subject: Aalto Catalysis Professor’s Update 1/2018

Dear doctoral students and their advisors,

With this email, I would like to update you with information related to some events and courses to be organized in the next weeks and months potentially relevant to your doctoral studies.

I would especially like to draw your attention to two events: Finnish Young Scientist Forum on Catalysis (FYSFC2018) in April 6 in Espoo and Nordic Symposium on Catalysis in Copenhagen in August.

(1) The Finnish Young Scientist Forum on Catalysis will be organized on April 6, 2018 with the goal to bring together people in Finland interested in the field of catalysis and to provide an opportunity especially for doctoral students to present their work in an oral presentation. This is an event by the Finnish Catalysis Society and will be organized for the third time; this year, I am functioning as the main local organizer. In addition to contributed talks (and this year some posters, too), the event has a high-level plenary lecture: EFCATS Francois Gault Lectureship holder Prof. Krijn de Jong from Utrecht University. With this email, I want to invite all my doctoral students and their advisors to attend the event.  Registration deadline is March 16; a small participation fee (40 EUR) is collected to cover the costs (auditorium, lunch, coffee, etc). read more >>

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Conference: 18th Nordic Symposium on Catalysis, Copenhagen, Aug 26-28 – Abstract DL April 1

The next Nordic Symposium on Catalysis will be organised in Copenhagen, Denmark, August 26-28, 2018.

Copied from the conference website: http://www.conferencemanager.dk/NSC2018:

“The NSC conference series is biannual and organized within the Nordic Catalysis Society framework. The aim of the conference is to create a breeding ground for ideas by ensuring meetings between researchers and catalyst developers, from academy as well as industry, within all aspects of catalysis. The conference will cover catalysis broadly and will be organized with plenary lectures, Berzelius lecture and parallel sessions with Nordic keynote lectures and accepted oral contributions covering aspects from theory and modelling to applied science and engineering. The conference language will be English.”

Deadline for abstract submission is April 1, 2018. I plan to attend the conference myself and I hope that there will be many colleagues from Finland joining, of course with presentations of their works.

According to the conference website, there will be a special issue in the peer-reviewed journal Topics in Catalysis, where manuscripts on the basis of accepted conference contributions can be submitted as articles.

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For doctoral students: Computer-Aided Chemical Reaction Engineering “CACRE 2018” at Åbo

Prof. Tapio Salmi and colleagues will again organise a course “Computer-aided chemical reaction engineering (CACRE 2018)” on May 28 to June 5, 2018, in Turku/Åbo. The course is worth of 8 credits (ECTS) and can be included in doctoral studies.

The course has earlier been taken by many doctoral students at Aalto University. The overall experiences of the courses, as have been shared to me by past students, have been highly positive. I warmly recommend the course to doctoral students interested in kinetic modelling of chemical reactions.

 

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