Conference: 18th Nordic Symposium on Catalysis, Copenhagen, Aug 26-28 – Abstract DL April 1

The next Nordic Symposium on Catalysis will be organised in Copenhagen, Denmark, August 26-28, 2018.

Copied from the conference website: http://www.conferencemanager.dk/NSC2018:

“The NSC conference series is biannual and organized within the Nordic Catalysis Society framework. The aim of the conference is to create a breeding ground for ideas by ensuring meetings between researchers and catalyst developers, from academy as well as industry, within all aspects of catalysis. The conference will cover catalysis broadly and will be organized with plenary lectures, Berzelius lecture and parallel sessions with Nordic keynote lectures and accepted oral contributions covering aspects from theory and modelling to applied science and engineering. The conference language will be English.”

Deadline for abstract submission is April 1, 2018. I plan to attend the conference myself and I hope that there will be many colleagues from Finland joining, of course with presentations of their works.

According to the conference website, there will be a special issue in the peer-reviewed journal Topics in Catalysis, where manuscripts on the basis of accepted conference contributions can be submitted as articles.

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For doctoral students: Computer-Aided Chemical Reaction Engineering “CACRE 2018” at Åbo

Prof. Tapio Salmi and colleagues will again organise a course “Computer-aided chemical reaction engineering (CACRE 2018)” on May 28 to June 5, 2018, in Turku/Åbo. The course is worth of 8 credits (ECTS) and can be included in doctoral studies.

The course has earlier been taken by many doctoral students at Aalto University. The overall experiences of the courses, as have been shared to me by past students, have been highly positive. I warmly recommend the course to doctoral students interested in kinetic modelling of chemical reactions.

 

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Finnish Microreactor Symposium 2018 Mar 13 in Åbo Akademi – register by Mar 9

Related to the Academy of Finland funded MICATOX project, which ended in 2017, a seminar will be organized by our project colleagues in Åbo Akademi with leadership by Prof. Tapio Salmi: Finnish Microreactor Symposium: Microreactors – the great scientific and industrial future.

The seminar will be organized on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Åbo Akademi, Chemical Engineering, Piispankatu/Biskopsgatan 8, Axelia building, Auditorium Ringbom, 2nd Floor.

The seminar is open for all interested persons to attend. Please confirm your attendance by e-mail to Dr Kari Eränen, kari.eranen <at> abo.fi (remove the spaces) latest on March 9th.

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Finnish Young Scientist Forum on Catalysis 2018 on April 6 – Register by March 16

Finnish Catalysis Society http://www.katalyysiseura.org/ organizes on April 6th the Finnish Young Scientist Forum on Catalysis (FYSFC), starting at 10:00, in Dipole. Conference information is updated in our group’s website in: http://cmet.aalto.fi/en/research/industrial_chemistry_catalysis/young_scientist_forum_2018/.

The plenary speaker will be Prof. Krijn De Jong, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, EFCATS Francois Gault lecturer: “Effects of size and location of metal nanoparticles in catalysis”. The lecture is simultaneously part of Aalto course CHEM-1140 (Catalysis for Bimass Refining). After the young scientist forum, there will be have the annual meeting of the Finnish Catalysis Society.

FYSFC will now be organized for the third time. The fundamental goal behind the event is to gather together scientists in the field of catalysis in Finland.  Applying the same practices as in the annual seminars of Finnish graduate schools, we offer all doctoral students <on catalysis> a forum to present their research. In 2018, you can request to present your work as:

  • Full-length oral presentation (~15 min), for doctoral students and optionally for postdocs
  • Poster + 1-2 min oral, optionally doctoral students who presented last year, for postdocs, and optionally other researchers
  • Poster only, other than doctoral students

Registration is now open; please register through the following link latest on March 16: https://eage.aalto.fi/?fs/YSF. Please prepare to fill in the title of your presentation and presentation highlights as bullet points (max 300 words). (Students of the CHEM-1140 course will be advised to register for the Prof. De Jong lecture through other means later.)

Twitter: #FYSFC2018, see also: #FinCatSoc

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Catalysis group looking for summer trainees – application DL March 15

As mentioned in the Open Positions tab in our website, we will are looking for (currently two) summer trainees to my Catalysis group. I am copying our advertisement below in full.

Summer trainee positions                                                                                   23.2.2018

The research group of Catalysis by Prof. Riikka Puurunen is looking for summer trainees.

We offer to you:

  • Interesting tasks within projects related to hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) of lignocellulosic materials or aqueous phase reforming to produce hydrogen from biorefinery related wastewater
  • Your daily tasks would include operating catalytic reactors, catalysts preparation and characterization using modern techniques, and analyzing samples
  • International working environment with a positive attitude

We expect from you:

  • Bachelor level degree from Chemical Engineering or other relevant field
  • Basic laboratory skills
  • Fluency in English
  • Previous experience from operating catalytic reactions or catalysts preparation and characterization are beneficial but not obligatory

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One year at Aalto University

I started to work as a tenure track professor at Aalto University in February 2017.  Initially, I was working part time (60%) during a half-year transition period (the rest I worked at VTT), and since August, full time. As one full year is gone, it is a good time to look back.

The first year as a professor at Aalto University has been buzy and interesting.

I currently have a nice small research group with one postdoc/university lecturer and three excellent doctoral candidates. In addition to the doctoral candidates at Aalto University, I am supervising several doctoral candidates outside Aalto University who work with catalysis-related subjects; the total number of doctoral students under my supervision is currently ten. This spring I will supervise at least four Master of Science theses of Aalto University, one of which is made in our laboratory and three are made outside Aalto University. I have recruited one postdoctoral student (we got more than a hundred applications!) who will start in March. Discussions are further going on with two persons who would like to come to do their M.Sc. thesis for other European universities under my guidance.

My teaching responsibilities currently comprise:

  • CHEM-E1130 Catalysis  (M.Sc. level, 5 cr)
  • CHEM-E1140 Catalysis for biomass refining (M.Sc. level, 5 cr)
  • (code to come) Licenciate seminar on Industrial Chemistry and Catalysis (doctoral level, course with varying contents, 3-7 cr)

In addition to taking care of the group duties and teaching, my first year has comprised participating in conferences (also on the organizing side), doctoral defence-related activities (being a custos (supervising professor) and an opponent), participating in the activities of the Finnish Catalysis Society and in the Council of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS), taking an introductory pedagogical course, and preparing funding applications. And of course taking part in internal Aalto activities, as professors are expected.

The first year has been of a continuous change, and I don’t expect the second to be any different in this respect. I am looking forward to and curious of how the second year will be as a tenure track professor at Aalto University.

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Catalysis vocabulary (fi swe en) by Finnish Catalysis Society online

Good news: the Catalysis vocabulary fi swe en (Katalyysisanasto katalysordlista) has been (finally) uploaded to the website of the Finnish Catalysis Society. Link: http://www.katalyysiseura.org/Katalyysisanasto.pdf.

This collection of terminology in three languages (last updated in 2011) and should be useful to catalysis-related thesis authors of different levels (B.Sc, M.Sc, doctoral).

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Professor networking – campuses of my life

Aalto University holds professor’s networking events where new professors introduce themselves. On October 4 (2017), I had a chance to introduce myself — in two minutes and one slide :). The slide was requested specifically on the topic “campuses of my life”.

  • Here is how my introduction slide looked like (photo taken by Erkki Pöytäniemi).
  • A link to the full slideset in Aalto inside here.

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IndChemCat summary 2017

Year 2017 was a year a changes to the Industrial Chemistry and Catalysis group at Aalto University, as two new professors started: Prof. Riikka Puurunen (Catalysis Science and Technology) in February (part time 60% until the end of July, full time thereafter); and Prof. Yongdan Li (Industrial Chemistry) in June (directly full time).

When the year approaches the end, it is interesting to look back and summarize the achievements of the year. Despite the fact that the new professors have only recently started, the group has in 2017 produced in total ten peer-reviewed scientific publications. This is thanks to on-going research created by earlier group leaders and the proactive group members including an experienced senior lecturer. Also two doctoral theses have been defended and several oral and poster presentations given at international conferences and local events. The details of the peer-reviewed journal articles and doctoral theses are given at the end of the post.

With these words and the references, it is a pleasure to wish the blog readers – if there are any yet 🙂 – a joyous and peaceful Christmas time, and success for 2018!

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Scientific peer-reviewed articles published in relation with the IndChemCat group in 2017: read more >>

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Course A!Peda Intro at Aalto University – highly recommended

During the last months, I had the privilege to participate in the course A!Peda Intro (5 cr) as a newly started professor at Aalto University.

Overall, I found the course highly useful. The course gave the opportunity to meet peers at different schools of Aalto University; to familiarize with the many dimensions related to “teaching” (better, learning); and to see many ways of teaching/learning in action. It came to me also just at a good moment, as I am about to start one course (CHEM-E1130 Catalysis) and planning two other courses (CHEM-E1140 Catalysis for Biomass Refining and Licentiate Seminar on Industrial Chemistry and Catalysis, no code yet). From A!Peda Intro, I got many valuable hints that will help me progress. I warmly recommend the A!Peda Intro course to other people who have just started at Aalto University as well as to more seasoned professionals who are open to  freshen up their teaching methods. The time spent for A!Peda Intro was well spent.

Today was the last day of the course, and there was a special treat waiting at the end that I want to mention in this post: senior lecturer Marko Keskinen (@keskma) sharing his experiences on flipped learning. The course concerned is the bachelor-level course “Vesi- ja ympäristötekniikka ENY-C2003,” Aalto internal (?) link to the MyCourse 2017 workspace here. News items have been published on that earlier in English and in Finnish. One thing that I found especially delighting in addition to the fresh view of teaching was that – in accord with openness as one of the guiding priciples of Aalto University, course feedback has been shared at the course website (see: Kurssipalaute). I don’t think that such open sharing is a widespread practice at Aalto University. I hope for more of such openness in the future and I am willing to contribute to that increased openness myself.

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