A sustainable bio- and circular economy through chemical engineering

We support the transition to a low-carbon economy through scientific breakthroughs and technological excellence.

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Students

Join the School of Chemical Engineering!

Studies in chemical engineering offer a unique combination of natural sciences and technology. We are developing new technologies to solve major problems of our time, such as climate change and the adequacy of natural resources.

Graduates of chemical engineering understand what needs to be done to safeguard a clean environment and sustainable development, and they know how to do it. They develop solutions that replace plastic, sustainable battery technologies and recycling of raw materials, among other things. The effects of innovations in chemical engineering can be massive even on a global scale.

Join us if you want to change the world! Ninety-nine per cent of graduates find employment in jobs corresponding to education, from consumer brands to large industries.

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News

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Cooperation, University Published:

Unite! receives a boost from the European Commission with more funding for its deployment

European Universities alliance Unite! has received a funding of €14,4 million from the European Commission for its proposal to be a technology and innovation driver for the advancement of a green and digital Europe.
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Campus Published:

Be careful what you wish for - blog post by Frank Martela

What kind of values and goals contribute to wellbeing, and what do not? Start the new season by investing in goals that produce wellbeing instead of unhealthiness. Read the blog post by Aalto University lecturer and philosopher Frank Martela.
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Research & Art Published:

Eco-glue can replace harmful adhesives in wood construction

A fast and energy-efficient manufacturing process results in a strong, non-toxic and fire-resistant adhesive—and a great opportunity for the Finnish bioeconomy.
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University Published:

Aalto’s Economics and Business ranks 67th globally in NTU ranking

Also among the top 100 are computer science ranked 79th and electrical engineering ranked 92nd.

Events

Public defences

Public defence in Chemical Engineering, M.Sc.(Tech.) Christian Frilund

M.Sc.(Tech.) Christian Frilund will defend the doctoral thesis "Adsorption-based deep syngas purification" on 19 August 2022 at 12 in Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering.
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Lectures and seminars

LASER Talks: Art, Architecture and Complex Systems

A provocative approach to art & science with algorithms, robotics and embedded politics
Public defences

Public defence in Bioproduct Technology, M.Sc.(Tech.) Sara Ceccherini

M.Sc.(Tech.) Sara Ceccherini will defend the doctoral thesis "Pulp Reactivity during Dissolution: from Assessment to Activation" on 26 August 2022 at 12 in Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems.
Public defences

Public defence in Biotechnology, M.Sc.(Tech.) Anna Ylinen

M.Sc.(Tech.) Anna Ylinen will defend the doctoral thesis "Polyhydroxyalkanoate production in yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae" on 2 September 2022 at 13 in Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems.

We celebrated our doctors in June!

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A record number of new doctorates at the 2022 Ceremonial Conferment of Doctoral Degrees in Technology

The most prestigious of academic celebrations was held on the Otaniemi campus on 17 June. The previous conferment ceremony took place in 2019, and the annual tradition has had to be postponed two years in a row. As a result, this year's celebrations at Dipoli were grander than ever before.

News
Mobidiagin toimitusjohtaja Tuomas Tenkanen hymyilee kameralle, yllään sininen puku.

Honorary Doctor Tuomas Tenkanen is inspired by the integration of technologies

Tuomas Tenkanen, CEO of Mobidiag Oy, a company focused on infectious disease diagnostics, has been named an honorary doctor of Aalto University, in the field of technology. Tenkanen's pioneering work represents key areas of research at Aalto University, life sciences and health and well-being technologies, combining expertise in enzymatics, diagnostic hardware and IT.

News
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Honorary Doctor Anjana Devi seeks out new frontiers in inorganic materials chemistry

Anjana Devi is a researcher at the frontiers in the field of Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) technology. Professor Devi is a world-leading scientist particularly concerning the precursor chemistry for ALD and CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition) thin-film fabrication. In 2020, she was named an honorary doctor at Aalto.

News

Our students and alumni

Alumna of the Year 2021 Reetta Kaila has built a career that lives up to her values

Reetta Kaila, D.Sc. (Tech.), has been selected as the Alumna of the Year 2021 of the School of Chemical Engineering. Kaila, who is the Director of Sustainable Fuels and Environment at Wärtsilä Energy, is on a mission to reduce emissions and create a sustainable society.

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Change the world - Study Chemical Engineering (external link)

Come and study a field with excellent employment opportunities

Study CHEM

Why to choose the School of Chemical Engineering?

Read student stories, learn about our guilds and what it is like to study here!

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Aalto CHEM graduates in working life

CHEM master's and doctoral graduates are successful and satisfied.

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More than the degree | Aalto Blogs (external link)

Blogposts by Aalto Squad student ambassadors. Read all about student life and studies at Aalto University!

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Departments

Our purpose is to drive sustainable chemical engineering for bio and circular economy. We advance sustainable solutions and breakthroughs by scientific and engineering excellence.

The research at the School of Chemical Engineering focuses on forest products technologies, chemical engineering, industrial biotechnology, materials science and nanotechnology, metals and minerals processing and energy technology.

We  promote collaboration across the fields and generate an inclusive community with an experimental culture. We provide an excellent working environment with top level infrastructure and strong industrial networks. 

Learn more about the impact we make!

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Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

Enabling bio and circular economy

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Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Sustainable future with high performance products

Infrastructures

Research infrastructure

We develop local and global networks

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AALTOLAB (external link)

AALTOLAB is a virtual laboratory safety training platform developed at Aalto University. AALTOLAB helps both students and staff to maintain high-level safety standards in our laboratories.

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Excellence clusters and centers

Aalto University Bioinnovation Center

To achieve human wellbeing in planetary boundaries, we need new sustainable solutions to wisely use our natural resources. The Bioinnovation Center especially focuses on innovations in sustainable bio-based materials, with special focus on textiles and packaging.

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FinnCERES - Flagship for boosting bioeconomy (external link)

Boosting the world’s bioeconomy by developing new bio-based materials with Aalto University and VTT, companies, and research organizations through a shared passion to create a sustainable future and a belief in innovations based on solid scientific foundations.

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The LIBER Center of Excellence

LIBER aims to create dynamic and soft hybrid materials with a capability to learn, adapt or response to the environment. LIBER combines eight research groups with expertise on molecular self-assembly, soft robotics, surfaces and interfaces, genetic engineering of proteins, biotechnological production of engineered biomolecules, and computational modelling.

BATCircle consortium (external link)

BATCircle aims at improving the manufacturing processes of battery chemicals and the mining and metals industries and to increase the recycling of lithium-ion batteries.

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We are enthusiastic about...

Structural colors

What if we had wood-based colours that never faded?

The color is nontoxic, produced 100% from wood, and can be industrially and economically produced.

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/structuralcolor

Color from wood

What if the colour of your jeans grew in your garden?

We explore how to produce and utilise natural dyes derived from plants in a sustainable way.

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/willowbark

Metal coating

What if metals could be protected with wood?

In its pure, additive-free form, lignin coatings have already been proven to be effective in minimising the corrosion of metal surfaces.

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/metal-coating

Fish scales

What if solar cells could be made out of fish scales?

We are exploring how natural materials like wood or organic byproducts –  or even waste like fish scales – could be used for solar cells.

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/fish-scales

3D arm bone

What if you could 3D print custom bone implants?

Thanks to 3D printing, we can manufacture individualized, custom implants that enhance bone growth and degrade as the patient heals.

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/3d-bones

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What if bandages could be grown by bacteria?

Although some bacterial colonies can threaten human life, bacteria can be used to produce essential molecules and materials like bacterial cellulose.

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/bacterial-cellulose

Cow hair

What if cattle all over the world were eating Finnish wood?

Microcrystalline cellulose is truly a power food for ruminants, and so it could be used to raise the caloric density of animal feed.

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/aalto-cell

Ioncell wood textile

What if the textiles of the future are growing in Finnish forests?

Ioncell, a fibre woven from cellulose, is a strong contender as a sustainable alternative to cotton and polyester.

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/ioncell

Beakers

What if chemists were also programmers?

When modelling chemical engineering processes, programming skills are essential – and understanding programming basics is an asset in many other tasks as well. 

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/chem

Black stain

What if every engineer thought like an artist?

Breaking out of one’s own bubble challenges the brain and changes attitudes. This is why arts courses at Aalto are available to everyone.

https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/take5-1

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At Aalto University, we believe in the power of curiosity. We encourage our students and staff to explore the unknown, learn and do things in completely new ways – to break boundaries together.

See more projects at: https://www.whatif.aalto.fi/

 

Students

The people of the School of Chemical Engineering

What kind of career opportunities are there if you study chemical engineering? Get to know our alumnis, students, and faculty members!

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Management of School of Chemical Engineering

Information about the management and administration of the School of Chemical Engineering.

Careers

Open positions

Looking for a job at Aalto University? See our open positions.

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Tenure track

Aalto University’s tenure track career system offers a well-supported and clear career path for professor-level academics towards a permanent professorship.

At work

Contact information and buildings

Contact information: School of Chemical Engineering

Contact information for the School of Chemical Engineering

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Kemistintie 1 (pienempi). Kuva/Image: Aalto-yliopisto / Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University

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Aalto Bioproduct Centre

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Micronova

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