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, 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? 

A way of sharing good experimental practices with current and future colleagues has been started in 2018. Proposed by our M.Sc. thesis worker “JJ”, we started recording GoPro video tutorials of equipment usage. It all started from a crazy idea – too crazy not to try. The group picked up the habit quickly; future will show, how useful the videos will be.

A personal highlight for the undersigned has been the 2018 Millennium Technology Prize (MTP) for atomic layer deposition (ALD) and Tuomo Suntola. A joint photo with professor emerita Outi Krause and the 2018 MTP winner summarizes the joy and happiness the prize has brought. Perhaps greatest thing related to the prize is that it has made ALD, a hidden technology that most have not known about, more understood and visible. With the prize achieved, it is good to continue ALD – and other – research in 2019.

With these thoughts, I wish all a peaceful and joyous Christmas time and best of success for the coming year.

Riikka Puurunen

Riikka Puurunen, Associate professor, Catalysis Science and Technology

Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Visiting address: Kemistintie 1, 02150 Espoo, Finland, room: E412

Mail address: P.O. Box 16100, FI-00076 AALTO, Finland
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Authors (alphabetical, first author, within a year) Title Journal / Reference DOI link
I. Coronado, M. Pitinova, R. Karinen, M. Reinikainen, R. L. Puurunen, J. Lehtonen Aqueous-phase reforming of Fischer-Tropsch derived alcohols over nickel-based catalysts to produce hydrogen: Product distribution and reaction pathways Applied Catalysis A 567 (2018) 112-121
K. J. Hakonen , J. L. González Escobedo, H. Meriö‐Talvio, S. F. Hashmi, R. S. Karinen, J. Lehtonen Ethanol Organosolv Lignin Depolymerization with Hydrogen over a Pd/C Catalyst, ChemistrySelect 3 (2018) 1761-1771
Y. Khan, M. Marin, T. Viinikainen, J. Lehtonen, R. L. Puurunen, R. Karinen Structured microreactor with gold and palladium on titania: active, regenerable and durable catalyst coatings for gas-phase partial oxidation of 1-butanol, Applied Catalysis A 562 (2018) 173-183
E. I. Kauppi, E. H. Rönkkönen, J. Lahtinen, A. O. Krause Promoting effect of H2S on the performance of ZrO2 and La2O3-ZrO2 catalysts in biomass gasification gas clean-up, Applied Catalysis A 556 (2018) 172-179
L. Kilpi, O. M. E. Ylivaara, A. Vaajoki, X. W. Liu, V. Rontu, S. Sintonen, E. Haimi, J. Malm, M. Bosund, M. Tuominen, T. Sajavaara, H. Lipsanen, S.-P. Hannula, R. L. Puurunen, H. Ronkainen Tribological properties of thin films made by atomic layer deposition sliding against silicon Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A 36 (2018) art. 01A122 (12 p.)
E. Mäkelä, R. Lahti, S. Jaatinen, H. Romar, T. Hu, U. Lassi, R. L. Puurunen, R. Karinen Study of Ni, Pt and Ru catalysts on wood-based activated carbon supports and their activity in 2-methylfuran production, ChemCatChem 10 (2018) 3269-3283
R. L. Puurunen Learnings from an Open Science Effort: Virtual Project on the History of ALD ECS Transactions 86 (2018) 3-17
M. Stekrova, A. Rinta-Paavola, R. Karinen Hydrogen production via aqueous-phase reforming of methanol over nickel modified Ce, Zr and La oxide supports, Catalysis Today 304 (2018) 143-152
M. Ylilammi, O. M. E. Ylivaara, R. L. Puurunen Modeling growth kinetics of thin films made by atomic layer deposition in lateral high-aspect-ratio structures, Journal of Applied Physics 123 (2018) art. 205301 (8 p.)
P. Sippola, A. Pyymaki Perros, O. M. E. Ylivaara, H. Ronkainen, J. Julin, X. W. Liu, T. Sajavaara, J. Etula, H. Lipsanen, R. L. Puurunen Comparison of Mechanical Properties and Composition of Magnetron Sputter and Plasma Enhanced Atomic Layer Deposition Aluminum Nitride Films, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A 36 (2018) art. 051508 (11 p.)
  • Update 21.12.2018: Author order corrected for Applied Catalysis A 567 (2018) 112-121.

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