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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2018 Millennium Technology Prize to Dr. Tuomo Suntola

In May, the 2018 Millennium Technology Prize was awarded to Dr. Tuomo Suntola for Atomic Layer Deposition. Once more, congratulations to Suntola for the extremely well deserved prize, and thanks to the international community for the broad support behind the nomination.

Below, a photo from the prize gala event with professor emerita Outi Krause, Dr. Tuomo Suntola, and the undersigned (Twitter), and a slide I made to show (Twitter) at the yearly international  ALD 2018 conference, this year held in Incheon, Korea.

More information in the ALD History Blog, directly http://aldhistory.blogspot.com/search/label/MTP2018.

Professor emerita Outi Krause, Dr. Tuomo Suntola, and Prof. Riikka Puurunen at the 2018 Millennium Technology Prize gala dinner. Photo: Technology Academy Finland, May 22, 2018.

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Marita Niemelä Alumna of the Year 2018 of the School of Chemical Engineering

Congratulations to Dr. Marita Niemelä!

Photo by Riikka Puurunen, 22.8.2018 (Twitter).

More on Aalto CHEM news, 27.8.2018, by Helena Seppälä, copied for completeness below.

Curiosity and constant learning are the driving forces for the Vice President, Engineering and Technology at Neste Engineering Solutions Oy.

“Marita Niemelä has had a significant career. She has also stayed in close contact with the School of Chemical Engineering and has supported our core activities. She has actively participated in our education by giving lectures and advising theses”, says Dean of the School of Chemical Engineering Janne Laine. read more >>

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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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