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).

katalyysisanasto_pieni

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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!

joulukuva-2017

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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Aquacat postdoc call closed – 113 applications received

We have finalized the recruiting process for the Aquacat project postdoctoral position, for which we received an amazing number of 113 applications. Among these, there were several excellent candidates, presenting us with the positive problem of choosing just one candidate. Thank you to all who applied – please watch our webpage for new open positions.

*** Original call text begins, published Sept 6, 2017: *** read more >>

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Riikka Puurunen Aalto-yliopiston professoriksi (Katse 1/2017)

From Katse 1/2017, newsletter of the Finnish Catalysis Society. Written by professor emerita Outi Krause.

TkT Riikka Puurunen aloitti helmikuun  alussa Aalto-yliopiston kemian tekniikan korkeakoulussa määräaikaisena teknillisen  kemian professorina (associate professor)
erityisalueenaan katalyysi.

Riikka Puurunen on TKK:n kasvatti. Hän  aloitti opintonsa Kemian osastolla vuonna
1994, valmistui DI:ksi neljä ja puoli vuotta myöhemmin ja väitteli tekniikan tohtoriksi
vuonna 2002. Jatko-opintoihin sisältyi myös vuoden tutkimusjakso K.U. Leuvenissä
Belgiassa. Väitöksen jälkeen hän palasi Belgiaan postdoc-tutkijaksi IMEC-tutkimus-
keskukseen. Riikka tuli takaisin Suomeen ja Otaniemeen v. 2004 VTT:lle tutkijaksi, josta
hän siirtyi Aalto-yliopistoon. Hän jatkaa myös VTT:n osa-aikaisena vanhempana
tutkijana tämä vuoden heinäkuun loppuun asti.

Riikka Puurusen tutkimukset ovat fokusoituneet ALD-tekniikkaan ja sen
erilaisiin sovellutuksiin. ALD-tekniikkaan hän tutustui jo diplomityössään, joka käsitteli
ALD-tekniikan mahdollisuuksia katalyyttien valmistuksessa. Tämä aihealue laajeni
väitöstutkimuksissa, jotka käsittelivät itse ALD-prosessia huokoisilla pinnoilla sekä
muodostuneiden pintojen karakterisointia. Sen jälkeen Riikan tutkimukset ovat liittyneet
ALD:n käyttöön mikroelektroniikan sovellutuksissa ja VTT:llä mikroelektro-
mekaanisissä systeemeissä. Varsinaisen tieteellisen tutkimuksen lisäksi hän on tehnyt
merkittävän työn kokoamalla erittäin laajasti julkaisuja ALD-tekniikasta eri vuosi-
kymmeniltä sekä opinnäytetöitä. read more >>

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Logo competition of the Finnish catalysis society / DL Feb 15, 2018

From Katse 2/2017, newsletter of the Finnish Catalysis Society:

Finnish Catalysis Society is having a logo competition! The new logo will replace our well-served logo e.g., on the website and in Katse. The new logo needs to be original and describe catalysis, but otherwise participants will have free hands. The contest is open to all friends of catalysis independent of experience and knowledge of catalysis and design. Each participant may submit one entry digitally to karoliina.honkala at jyu.fi before February 15th 2018. The board of Finnish Catalysis Society will select the winning logo. The winner will be announced in the next Young Scientist Forum in Espoo, where he/she will be invited (free of charge). The name of the winner will be published in Katse and on the website of the Finnish Catalysis Society.

(Featured image: current logo in the webpage http://www.katalyysiseura.org)

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New Aalto blog: Catalysis Professor’s Open

Here we are! I have in February 2017 started as professor (tenure track, Catalysis Science and Technology) at Aalto University. Now, I am testing yet another tool at Aalto University – this time blog by WordPress. Let’s see what will come out of the experiment :).

I do not plan to blog regularly – rather, there will be blog posts whenever I feel like I have something to say. At least new articles and open positions are likely to be featured here, and probably some other things, too.

I will welcome guest posts by other Aalto people to the Catalysis Professor’s Open blog.

You can find me also for example in:

  • Twitter: @rlpuu, @AaltoCatalysis
  • ALD History Blog (activity declining, but project still on-going): http://aldhistory.blogspot.fi.
  • research.aalto.fi: https://research.aalto.fi/portal/riikka.puurunen.html

 

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