We are hiring! Looking for two doctoral candidates on the area of catalyst development and testing

Reposted from aalto.fi: https://www.aalto.fi/en/open-positions/doctoral-candidates-in-catalyst-development-and-testing-at-the-department-of

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 has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. 

We are now looking for two talented and highly motivated Doctoral Candidates 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.

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The Catalysis research group is now looking for two talented and motivated doctoral students to work on catalytic hydrodenitrogenation (HDN) in a collaborative NesteAalto University project, which is a strategic industrial-academic cooperation aiming to grow expertise in Finland in key areas of chemical industry. read more >>

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Invited tutorial at the ALDfun(amentals…) workshop, TU Delft

This summer, I was visiting TU Delft for a period of five weeks, invited by Prof. Ruud van Ommen. Interesting, buzy weeks – also because of the #CVDALD2019 conference, where we had posters (on ALD conformality and ALD history). Thanks for the invitation & opportunity!

One of the activities during my visit was: Workshop on Fundamentals of Atomic Layer Deposition: Modelling and Validation, July 3rd 2019, TU Delft, The Netherlands (link), organized by Dr. Fatemeh Hashemi and Prof. Ruud van Ommen. I had the honor to give the first invited tutorial-type talk, “Surface coverage in ALD”. Among the points which I wished to convey with the talk was that “(surface) coverage” may mean highly different things to different people and if the usage is not defined well in each case, it may create confusion. My presentation is accessible:

There was quite some tweeting activity during the event, with the Twitter hashtag #ALDfun. Here, one picture, from the post: https://twitter.com/rlpuu/status/1148523085110403072.

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Experimenting with Zenodo (.org)

Open Science, Open Data, Open Access, Open Code, Open Teaching, open … what else?

I am in favor of openness in science. However: if you want to publish e.g. a poster abstract, or a dataset, how to do it in practice? I have been scouting for a suitable easy-to-use place that fulfills the criteria of the funders, for years.

Now, I have started looking at Zenodo.org (by Cern). Will this be the place of my open datasets to come?

Maybe. First, I will try Zenodo in relation with opening up materials related to the Virtual Project on the History of ALD (VPHA), project website http://vph-ald.com (related blog: http://aldhistory.blogspot.fi). Read more on that in a recent blog in the ALD History Blog: http://aldhistory.blogspot.com/2019/05/new-zenodo-community-vpha.html.

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Anonymous course feedback CHEM-E1130 and CHEM-E1140

The course feedback from courses CHEM-E1130 Catalysis and CHEM-E1140 Catalysis for biomass refining for academic year 2018-2019 is ready. Everyone can access the feedback via the following links. There are interesting viewpoints included e.g. of using Panopto lecture capture and on an Individual article assignment module which could perhaps be offered to all CHEM MSc students some day.

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Co-creation afternoon with AaltoCatalysis+ networking evening

On Tue 26 March, we had a co-creation afternoon with the group. In the evening, we continued with an information networking event, where all my doctoral students and their advisors were invited. All doctoral students + the current one postdoc had a chance to introduce themselves with a max 1 slide / 3 min presentation. Those who were not present, were offered the possibility to make a max 3 min video introduction of oneself, which we would watch together.

I write this post mostly as a ”note to self”, to come back to when organising the next event — quite surely, some will follow. The presentation materials  (who are we + Open Science MOOC report) can be shared in a limited way with my doctoral students, only I am not yet sure, how to best do this. The Panopto capture of my presentation on doctoral studies can be viewew by anyone at Aalto University, through this link, also available through the My Courses site Thesis supervision Riikka Puurunen 2018 – . There were 8 persons present in the cocreation part and 11 in the evening part. And one video to watch — thanks for its creator(s) 😊.

Agenda

  • Start at Micronova at 12:30 (sauna space, 5th floor)
  • First: we will have a regular max-1 h team meeting (hopefully less) (5 min results/news + Riikka general stuff)
  • Co-creation part, things to do pre-planned

More people invited from 16:30 on, AaltoCatalysis+ networking evening

Communicated agenda (reality was slightly different):

  • 16:30 Arrival in Micronova
  • Opening & update of doctoral studies at Aalto CHEM / Catalysis (Puurunen, max 20 min – Panopto record made for sharing?)
  • Pizza time
  • Who are we? Short presentations (max ~ 3 min) by the doctoral students & postdocs (along with pizza)
  • Learnings from a MOOC on Open Science (max ~15 min)
  • Sauna and free time

 

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Doctoral thesis defense Aalto CHEM 29.3.2019: M.Sc. Salla Jaatinen

https://www.aalto.fi/events/defence-of-dissertation-in-the-field-of-chemical-engineering-msctech-salla-jaatinen

M.Sc.(Tech.) Salla Jaatinen will defend the dissertation “Carbon Catalysts in Biofuel Production: from Furfural to 2-Methylfuran” on 29 March 2019 at 12 in Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, lecture hall Ke2, Kemistintie 1, Espoo.

Opponent: Professor Edd Blekkan, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway

Supervisor: Professor Riikka Puurunen, Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Press release: https://www.aalto.fi/sites/g/files/flghsv161/files/2019-03/press_release_salla_jaatinen.pdf

Thesis link: https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/37049 read more >>

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Prof. Puurunen invited tutorial at ALD for Industry Berlin 2019

On March 19, 2019, I gave an invited tutorial at the ALD for Industry event by … In an Open Teaching atmosphere, I created a Panopto record of the talk and the talk is shared openly.

The publication of the slides in SlideShare & video in Youtube waited for the publication of the review article: Conformality in atomic layer deposition: Current status overview of analysis and modelling, by Cremers, Puurunen & Dendooven, Applied Physics Reviews 6, 021302 (2019); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5060967.

Update notes:

  • Links to SlideShare & Youtube updated 6.4.2019
  • Link to Applied Physics Reviews article updated 8.4.2019

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Lecture capture: Adsorption-controlled catalyst preparation by ALD

Lecture capture shared in an Open Teaching way: CHEM-E1130 Catalysis course, by Prof. Riikka Puurunen: Adsorption-controlled catalyst preparation by ALD (atomic layer deposition).

Post updated 26.2.2019: links to Youtube videos added

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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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