Season’s greetings and Happy 2021 from Aalto Catalysis group

Dear colleagues, collaborators, emeriti, old and potential future colleagues and collaborators,

Year 2020 approaches the end. Quite a year it was, with Covid-19 impacting pretty much everything. Despite the challenges, the Catalysis research group kept on operating and made progress. It is a good time to look back on the activities in the past year.

As for research, in 2020, several projects started or progressed to the next level: the company-funded HDN catalysis project, the Academy of Finland funded COOLCAT project (on CO2 hydrogenation to methanol), and the ALDI project from the Academy of Finland September 2019 call. Positions for M.Sc. thesis workers, doctoral students, postdocs, research assistant and summer student were open and filled; this will continue in 2021. The current group composition can be viewed on our website, aalto.fi/cmet/catalysis and my project portfolio in https://research.aalto.fi/en/persons/riikka-puurunen/projects/.

In teaching, course CHEM-E1130 Catalysis in Jan-Feb was still completed mostly as usual, while Covid-19 impacted course CHEM-E1140 Catalysis for Biomass Refining (due to curriculum changes organized for the last time). In the spirit of the slogan “more openness for research and teaching”, the (overall very positive) student feedback is openly shared in the MyCourses websites of the courses, with teacher’s counter feedback. Part of CHEM-E1140 will live on — in a somewhat modified form — as a Scientific Article Exercise in the CHEM-E0105 Academic Learning Community course.

Other noteworthy things from 2020 from the Catalysis research group:

  • In total nine articles were published by the current group members or previous associates of work made at Aalto CHEM – see the list at the end of this message
  • Yaseen Khan defended his doctoral thesis
  • Emma Verkama completed her Master’s theses
  • Fully remote summer works (due to Covid-19) were successfully experimented with
  • Joint presentation “On the fundamentals of ALD: the importance of getting the picture right” was given by Puurunen and van Ommen at ALD 2020, see e.g. Catalysis Professor’s Open blog https://blogs.aalto.fi/catprofopen/2020/07/05/on-the-fundamentals-of-ald-the-importance-of-getting-the-picture-right-by-puurunen-and-van-ommen/
  • 2020 November Networking – ALD at Aalto University was organized fully online, experimenting with a Zoom-breakout-room-based online poster session. Feedback was overall very positive, also of the new type of poster session. At the time of writing this, the recorded lecture videos are still to be finalized, and the plan is also to share some of the feedback obtained. Thanks again for speakers and organizers!
  • New startup started operating: Chipmetrics Oy commercializes test chips for ALD saturation profile measurement, developed by Puurunen and collaborators at VTT. More info e.g. in pillarhall.com. (For clarity: Puurunen is not affiliated with Chipmetrics Oy.)
  • “More openness in science and teaching” has been realized e.g. by releasing images in Wikimedia Commons with Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 copyright, for reuse by anyone – see Category: atomic layer deposition

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Associate professor, Catalysis Science and Technology, at Aalto since February 2017
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Copy of email: Subject: Poster pitch presentation instructions for NovemberNetworkingALD

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Sent: torstai 19. marraskuuta 2020 10.36
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Subject: Poster pitch presentation instructions for NovemberNetworkingALD

Dear poster pitch presenters,

In this email, details and practicalities are communicated for the 3 minute poster pitch talks at 2020 November Networking – ALD at Aalto University.

An updated programme of the event, and also poster schedule and instructions, have been published to the event website, https://www.aalto.fi/en/events/2020-november-networking-ald-at-aalto-university. Please note that schedule details may still be modified.  read more >>

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We are hiring! Looking for a postdoc on the area of catalyst development and testing

Repost from: https://www.aalto.fi/en/open-positions/postdoctoral-researcher-in-catalyst-development-and-testing

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and nearly 400 professors.

We are now looking for a talented and motivated POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER in Catalyst development and testing at the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering.

The School of Chemical Engineering is one of the six schools of Aalto University and is located in the Otaniemi Campus (Espoo, Finland). In the Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, the Catalysis research group lead by Prof. Riikka Puurunen develops solid heterogeneous catalysts and evaluates their performance in test reactions relevant to the sustainable use of natural resources. The group aims for fundamental understanding of structure-activity relationships and strives towards more openness in science & teaching. Scientific publications by the group can be viewed in research.aalto.fi. See the webpage of the group for more information: http://aalto.fi/cmet/catalysis.

 Job description 

The open postdoctoral position is related to catalytic hydrodenitrogenation (HDN) by sulfided transition metal catalysts. The research will comprise at least the participation in the designing and building of a continuous flow reactor for catalytic experiments; design, preparation and characterization of catalysts; activity measurements; project management; and research activities depending on the preferences by the successful candidate. Postdoctoral researchers participate in advising doctoral candidates and master’s thesis students and contribute to university teaching. Also promoted are writing scientific publications and participation at international scientific meetings. read more >>

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Copy of email: Subject: To Part 2 presenters, NovemberNetworkingALD

Copy of email related to November Networking – ALD at Aalto University, Part 2 Local networking, presentations.

(Everyone who registered with a presentation by 11.11.2020 with a *.fi email or from a the email address of a known Finnish company should have received this.)

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Copy of email: Subject: NovemberNetworkingALD: Thank you for registering for Part 2 Local Networking

Copy of email related to November Networking – ALD at Aalto University, Part 2 Local networking.

(Everyone who registered by 11.11.2020 with a *.fi email or from a the email address of a known Finnish company should have received this.)

From: Catalysis
Sent: perjantai 13. marraskuuta 2020 16.06
To: Catalysis
Subject: NovemberNetworkingALD: Thank you for registering for Part 2 Local Networking

Dear recipient,

Thank you for registering for Part 2: Local Networking of 2020 November Networking – ALD at Aalto University. Event web page: https://www.aalto.fi/en/events/2020-november-networking-ald-at-aalto-university.

Almost 150 people have already registered for the event (Part 1, Part 2 or both) by the first deadline of 11.11.2020.  Registration without presentation is still open until 22.11.2020, via the link provided at the event website. Please feel free to forward the information to anyone potentially interested. read more >>

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Copy of email related to November Networking – ALD at Aalto University, Part 1 Public Webinar.

(Everyone who registered by 11.11.2020 should have received this. )

From: Catalysis
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Subject: NovemberNetworkingALD: Thank you for registration for Part 1 Public Webinar

Dear recipient,

Thank you for registering for Part 1: Public Webinar of 2020 November Networking – ALD at Aalto University. Event web page: https://www.aalto.fi/en/events/2020-november-networking-ald-at-aalto-university.

Almost 150 people have already registered for the event (Part 1, Part 2 or both) by the first deadline of 11.11.2020.  Registration without presentation is still open until 22.11.2020, via the link provided at the event website. Please feel free to forward the information to anyone potentially interested. read more >>

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Copy of email: FW: 2020 November Networking – ALD at Aalto University: registration open (with presentation, until 11.11.)

(Copy of email sent to previous year’s participants, November Networking – ALD at Aalto University.)

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Subject: 2020 November Networking – ALD at Aalto University: registration open (with presentation, until 11.11.)

Dear participant of the 2019 “November Networking – ALD at Aalto University” event,

“November Networking – ALD at Aalto University” will be organized again.

Information of this year’s online event, along with registration link, can be found in: https://www.aalto.fi/en/events/2020-november-networking-ald-at-aalto-university. With presentations, registrations are welcome until 11.11.2020. Without presentations, registration ends 22.11.2020. Registration is free but required.

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Registration open for 2020 November Networking – ALD at Aalto University

Continuing the tradition (?) started in 2019, a networking event will be organized around atomic layer deposition (ALD): 2020 November Networking – ALD at Aalto University. The event will take place on November 25 and 26, 2020.

Due to COVID-19, in 2020, the event will be fully online in Zoom. The program will be in two parts:

  • Part 1: Public webinar is open for anyone to attend and has high-level invited speakers: Dr. Jonas Sundqvist, Dr. Tuomo Suntola and Dr. Angel Yanguas-Gil. Additionally, there will be tutorials by Prof. Riikka Puurunen and Prof. Matti Putkonen. (See the webpage & program for details.)
  • Part 2: Local networking is aimed for local (Finland-based) participants. The core of  Part 2 will be an online poster session where submissions from doctoral students, postdocs and other researchers are welcome. Additionally, there will be brief introductions to research groups, companies and projects, and a presentation by Prof. Timo Sajavaara on the characterization of ALD films. For the poster session we hope to create an online experience that resembles a regular conference’s poster session – let’s see how we manage!

The registration link and all related info, including a preliminary program, are found in the event website: https://www.aalto.fi/en/events/2020-november-networking-ald-at-aalto-university. Registration was opened on 21.10.2020 and will close for participation with presentation on 11.11.2020 and for participation without presentation 22.11.2020.

Welcome!

Riikka Puurunen (responsible organizer)

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History of ALD – ALD stories podcast Episode 2 with Riikka Puurunen

On October 16, 2020, ALD stories podcast Episode 2 was published, where I (Riikka Puurunen) had an honor of being interviewed by Lie Luo and Patrick Gonzalez of Beneq.

Episode 2 is about the history of atomic layer deposition (ALD), but also other things dear to my heart. Mentioned are for example: conformality; catalysis; 40 Years of ALD in Finland – Photos, Stories (FinALD40 exhibition); Baltic ALD 2014 conference; story of Suntola’s atomic layer epitaxy; two almost parallel inventions of ALD; Beneq applab opening in St. Petersburg 2013; molecular layering; 1st international conference on atomic layer epitaxy 1990; international ALD conference; November Networking – ALD at Aalto University; Millennium Technology Prize; Virtual Project on the History of ALD; ALD window; misconception of full monolayer growth per cycle for ideal ALD; conformality test concept & saturation profile & lumped sticking coefficient.

Persons mentioned, at least: Outi Krause, Suvi Haukka, Tuomo Suntola, Sven Lindfors, Arto Pakkala, Victor Drozd, Valentin Aleskovskii, Angel Yanguas-Gil, Jonas Sundqvist.

Companies mentioned, at least: Microchemistry, Neste, Beneq, Lohja, Picosun.

The podcast is available in at least via:

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Yaseen Khan doctoral defence 25.9.2020, Prof. Lars Pettersson opponent with invited talk 24.9.2020

M.Sc. Yaseen Khan will defend his doctoral thesis “Structured Microreactors for the Heterogeneously Catalyzed Gas-phase Dehydration and Partial Oxidation of 1-butanol” at Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering, on September 25, 2020, at 13 Finnish time.  The Aalto University event page containing more information, including the Zoom link (to appear) to participate in the event, is: https://www.aalto.fi/en/events/defence-of-dissertation-in-the-field-of-chemical-engineering-msc-yaseen-khan.

Prof. Lars Pettersson from Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm, Sweden, will act as opponent. Prof. Lars J. Pettersson has 30 years of experience in green chemical processing, fuel upgrading and catalysis for automotive applications, high temperature catalytic combustion, hydrogen generation from conventional and renewable fuels and novel catalytic reactor designs, preparation of heterogeneous catalysts and processing of oil fractions into more environmentally-friendly products. More information in: https://www.kth.se/ket/process-technology/ljp/lars-j-pettersson-1.31564

On the day before the defense, September 24, 2020, at 11:00 Finnish time, the opponent will give an invited talk, entitled “Deactivation of automotive catalysts for biofuel-powered heavy-duty trucks”.  The interested persons can follow the presentation at https://aalto.zoom.us/j/65482221160.

Looking forward to an interesting presentation and doctoral thesis defense!

 

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Associate professor, Catalysis Science and Technology, at Aalto since February 2017
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