Today we had a communications team from The Farmers’ Social Insurance Institution Mela taking photos of IMC’s laboratories. The people admiring the IMC’s Chemistree, from left to right: Mela’s Mikko Käkelä and Julia von Flittner and our Adjunct Professor Ari Lehtonen. Missing from the photo: Mela’s Virve Laine and the mannequin, PhD student Sami Vuori. The stock photos will be published later, so stay tuned!
The 31st symposium of the Finnish Society of Physical Pharmacy (FyFa) was held on February 13th–14th, 2020 in Hotel Arthur in Helsinki. IMC’s representation consisted of Adj. Prof. Mika Lastusaari in the arranging team and PhD student Hannah Byron giving both an oral and a poster presentation.
Everything went exceptionally well, and Hannah also won the Finnish Pharmaceutical Society’s best poster award (200 €)!
The theme of the symposium this year was Trends of Thermoanalytical Methods in Materials Characterization, and Hannah’s topic was Thermoluminescence of hackmanites produced using a zeolite-free method.
MSc student Felix Memmel from the University of Würzburg in Germany is doing a part of his exchange period at IMC. He came to Finland after hearing good recommendations about this country from a PhD student who had his exchange period in Joensuu. Especially Finns’ English skills were a definite pro when considering an exchange country.
Felix’s major is inorganic chemistry, and he will be synthesizing some tungsten compounds first under Ari’s supervision, and when ready, will move on to create some luminescent materials in Mika’s group. He will be in the lab for 8 weeks, and we warmly welcome him to conduct his experiments!
Yesterday Pasi Salonen held a small gathering for his last day before leaving for a research visit to Graz, Austria. Pasi is confident to gather vital data for his PhD thesis and was, as many members of the team, especially excited to go to the place where Arnold Schwarzenegger is from. We wish him a pleasant stay in Graz, and as Pasi himself stated, we’ll see in no time! Hasta la vista!
On Friday, Jan 10, 2020 we held the kickoff meeting for the Academy of Finland-funded GlowTrack project in the beautiful city of Tampere. We were warmly welcomed by the people of Tampere University: we had a tour in the laboratory facilities, discussed about ice hockey and had a mutual agreement on how to proceed with the project. We will eagerly be executing it in collaboration with the Tampere team.
Our PhD student Esko Salojärvi had a big step towards his PhD dissertation as he had his first article published recently. The article’s information can be found below:
Salojärvi, E., Peuronen, A., Huhtinen, H., Vlasenko, L. S., Halme, J., Mäkinen, P., Lastusaari, M., Lehtonen, A. “NIR-absorbing transition metal complexes with redox-active ligands” Inorg. Chem. Comm. 112 (2020) 107711.
Read online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.inoche.2019.107711
Good work, Esko!
Yesterday on 11th December Minnea Tuomisto had her dissertation in Arcanum Arc1 auditorium. The opponent was Associate Professor Sarah McCormack from The University of Dublin, and Adjunct Professor Mika Lastusaari held the position of the custos.
After the dissertation Minnea hosted her post-doctoral party in the restaurant Koulu with a ceremonial dinner.
This doctoral dissertation basking under the solar lamp will play a great role on Wednesday when MSc Minnea Tuomisto will defend her thesis with the subject Upconverting luminescent materials for solar energy conversion. The event is open for all and will be held in the Arc1 auditorium on Wednesday 11th Dec at 12:00. Welcome!
The bright new MSc students of the IMC group have started their research projects of this year. Otto Rouhio, Teppo Kreivilä and Kirsi Miller have completed their BSc studies at the IMC group and are eagerly continuing their studies here.
To the question “Why did you choose our group over others?” Kirsi answers that she wants to create new materials with interesting properties and improve the already existing ones.
We warmly welcome Otto, Teppo and Kirsi to be a part of our group!
Academy of Finland has selected five projects to be funded in the call to promote international collaboration under the RADDESS Academy Programme. One of the projects is the GlowTrack consortium led by our Adj. Prof. Mika Lastusaari and co-led by Assoc. Prof. Laeticia Petit and Assoc. Prof. Jonathan Massera from Tampere University. This high-impact project focuses on developing implants that are both bioactive and have red or NIR persistent luminescence.
The overall funding amount for the five projects is 12 million euros, with 2 million euros directed towards projects promoting international collaboration. 470 775 euros are allocated for GlowTrack, and the University of Turku’s share is 232 711 euros, making 49.4 % of the project’s funds. The project will be funded from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2022.