Teaching partner: Teaching trial with lightboard (Langmuir isotherm)

Being on tenure track at Aalto University, I need to follow pedagogical studies – which is great! One of the on-going activities is “teaching partner” with my own pedagogical mentor. I get to do trials with teaching – these are planned with justification, made, and afterwards, reflected. A perfect learning cycle.

Today, I made the first such trial, and went through the derivation of the Langmuir adsorption isotherm (single-site adsorption) with the lightboard system that has been built at Aalto Studios. Here, we are following the Nothwestern University model. Scientific articles have been written on the technique, e.g., Journal of Chemical Education 2017 https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00004.

The result is openly shared through the Panopto platform, screen capture below and link here: https://aalto.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=2d56ca40-7ab8-401e-80e9-a9d100a13c1d. The video is also available in Youtube. This was my first trial and I am happy with the outcome, even though not everything went quite as planned.. watch yourself to know what I mean :). (It was all captured in just one recording, without too much planning, and a bit of roughness is fine in the video, I think.) Warmest thanks to Aalto Studios and Kalle Kataila for making this possible and for providing the video extremely fast. Description of the video, which is included in the Panopto recording, is copied below.

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Season’s Greetings from Aalto Catalysis research group

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

Year 2018 approaches its end, and it is a good time to look back on the activities of our group in 2018.

Publication-wise, the Aalto Catalysis research group has had a good year. In total ten publications from the current group members and related earlier research at Aalto are out, listed at the end of this email. At the moment of writing this, five articles are “in the pipeline”, to be published in 2019 after peer review is finished (one of them shared in ChemRxiv). The group members have additionally given several contributed/invited/keynote talks and poster presentations at various national and international conferences.

Open Science is a current trend mentioned also in the recent report State of Scientific Research in Finland 2018. Chemical engineering as a field is not considered really open, and surely, our field could benefit from more openness. Contributions of the Catalysis group to Open Science so far have been (i) the participation in and coordination of the Virtual Project on the History of ALD (VPHA, http://vph-ald.com) Open Science effort; (ii) including broader background info in our newest publications, and (iii) sharing manuscript preprints in ChemRxiv and ECSarXiv. Maybe in 2019, we’ll create our first open dataset?  read more >>

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STG podcasts as source of information on Atomic Layer Deposition

Aalto CHEM doctoral student Giovanni Marin with colleagues has set up a professional-looking podcast STG Podcasts, where STG refers to “Science, Technology and Gaming”. There are several episodes already where scientists working with Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) have been interviewed. The most recent episode is with Prof Seán Barry recorded on November 27, 2018 (see also the lecture info), and there have been earlier ones of Prof. Christophe Detavernier, Dr. Simon Elliott, Dr. Esko from Picosun, and Prof. Gregory Parsons. I warmly recommend listening to these! You find STG Podcasts for example in Twitter.

Giovanni Marin and Seán Barry in the Aalto selfservice studio, for STG podcast. Photo: Riikka Puurunen 2018.

 

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Feedback from the 3rd Young Scientist Forum on Catalysis

The feedback questionnaire related to FYSFC2018 event by the Finnish Catalysis Society, shared in Katse 1/2018 (link) with the goal to develop the event further for next year, received fifteen responses. Warmest thanks for everyone who responded! Summary of the feedback is shown below and to be shared in Katse 2/2018.

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Visiting lecture Prof Seán Barry, Precursors and Atomic Layer Deposition of Gold Metal, Nov 27

The lecture will be on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, in lecture hall Ke 2 (Chemistry building, Kemistintie 1), at 10:00-11:00. Welcome!

Prof Barry has been working with CVD and ALD reactant synthesis for well over a decade, and has been visiting labs such as Harvard University (Prof Roy Gordon) and University of Helsinki (Professors Leskelä and Mikko Ritala). Laboratory website link: https://carleton.ca/barrylab/

Title: “Precursors and Atomic Layer Deposition of Gold Metal”  read more >>

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Aalto CHEM Career Forum – Fri Dec 14

Great to notice that a CHEM Career Forum will be again organized to allow recruiting and networking of students in the field of chemical technology. The event will be organized in Dipoli on Friday 14 December 2018. I see that many companies will be present working e.g. with renewable energy solutions and with atomic layer deposition (ALD). Also, I have heard that there might be a poster about the Catalysis research group there…

More info: https://www.aalto.fi/school-of-chemical-engineering/chem-career-forum

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OpenTeaching : Introductory lecture on atomic layer deposition shared

Panopto is a great tool that we have available at Aalto University for making lecture capture.

Yesterday, I gave my first introductory lecture on atomic layer deposition (ALD) in general as a professor at Aalto University. I recorded the lecture with my own laptop, using one of the Panopto sets available since half a year or so at the School of Chemical Engineering.

The lecture capture worked out fine and the lecture can now be watched in Panopto: https://aalto.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=bd0aee67-7ca5-4973-8216-a99200e888b1, as well as Youtube: https://youtu.be/i-m52yTdZB0. The slides are available to view separately in SlideShare: https://pt.slideshare.net/RiikkaPuurunen/introduction-to-atomic-layer-deposition-ald-principles-applications-future. A discussion thread was started in LinkedIn ALD – Atomic layer Deposition group (https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6466591287486214144).

Sharing teaching openly like this – in an OpenTeaching manner – is the first trial for me. Let us see what follows from it!


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  • on 13.11.2018: Youtube link added.
  • on 19.11.2018: LinkedIn group ALD – Atomic Layer Deposition, discussion thread link added

 

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Interview in Aalto University Magazine 23

“A layer just a few atoms deep can work wonders”

Read full story in Aalto University Magazine 23. It was an honour to be interviewed on atomic layer deposition (ALD) along with Prof. Hele Savin and Aalto Distinguished Professor Maarit Karppinen. Plus next page: Millennium Technology Prize 2018 winner, Dr. Tuomo Suntola.

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Neste and Aalto University to begin strategic research cooperation

Aalto University news, 10.10.2018:

Neste and Aalto University have today signed a letter of intent on strategic cooperation and the creation of a new research portfolio. The aim of the cooperation is to increase Finnish chemical industry expertise in chemical engineering, bioeconomy, circular economy, and digitalization. It is also intended to support important growth areas for Neste, such as renewable products and low carbon solutions.

“We are very pleased with this new kind of strategic cooperation with Aalto University. The overall purpose of the projects that the research portfolio includes is to improve the competitiveness of the Finnish chemical industry, and, indeed, of society as a whole. Finland’s undoubted strengths are highly trained professionals and a drive for research and the development of innovations. This know-how and passion for renewal are also the foundations of Neste’s success,” says Matti Lievonen, the President & CEO of Neste.

“We and Neste will together be able to identify and solve complex challenges and to educate far-sighted specialists of the future. Aalto University and Neste have long been partners, but this strategic cooperation model and new research portfolio open the door to an entirely new kind of collaboration. We expect our cooperation to grow and expand significantly over the course of long-term endeavors,” says Ilkka Niemelä, President of Aalto University.

The research portfolio projects are due to begin in the first half of 2019.

In the Catalysis Research Group we feel glad and honoured to be working with Neste.

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Honoured to receive the Berzelius Prize

Aalto CHEM news, 27.8.2018Berzelius Prize for Professor Riikka Puurunen

The Swedish Catalysis Society presented the prize to Professor Puurunen in Copenhagen on 27 August 2018.

Photo: Mika Huuhtanen

The Berzelius Medal is given in the honour of the famous Swedish researcher Berzelius. The prize winner has to be aged under 45 years, female every second time and working in a Nordic country. Each country can come up with one proposal. Professor Puurunen was proposed by the Finnish Catalysis Society. read more >>

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