Save the date: November Networking – ALD at Aalto University, 26.11.2021

November Networking – ALD at Aalto University will be organized again! This time, on Friday 26.11.2021, at 13 on, at Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering (lecture hall Ke 2).

The decision to organize the event was made just a few days ago. At the moment, the organizing committee is formed by myself (Riikka Puurunen) and a postdoc in my group, Jorge Velasco. Programme is still under planning. Expect at least:

  • Posters by researchers. Not online as in the 2020 event, but in person! We have the downstairs lobby reserved for this — just like in the 2019 event.
  • Presentation on recent (1) book and (2) encyclopedia chapter on ALD. (1) Prof. Sean Barry (Carleton University, Canada) has published (/will publish: the book is not quite yet out! see: a book on ALD chemistry; and (2) Prof. Ruud van Ommen (TU Delft, The Netherlands) has published (with A. Goulas and R.L. Puurunen) an introductory chapter on ALD for the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Techonology ( Both Barry and van Ommen plan to be present at the event in person!
  • Discussion on the history of ALD and on the next steps in the VPHA project. The third coordinated reading effort in the Virtual Project on the History of ALD (VPHA, is about to start. Everyone interested in understanding the early history of ALD is welcome to join this open science type effort. A recent presentation on the VPHA in perspective here: (abstract and slides available via:

Thanks to the fact that the Covid-19 restrictions have been loosened in Finland, this in-person event can now be planned. The pandemic is not fully over yet, though, meaning that we may need to limit the number of both in-person participants and posters. So, when the registration opens (I will let know of that in a new blog post), be quick! To retain some of the hybrid nature, we will likely organize an opportunity to follow (part of the) talks remotely via Zoom.

More info to follow!

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About Riikka Puurunen

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