GlowTrack kickoff meeting in Tampere

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.

From left to right: Adj. Prof. Mika Lastusaari (University of Turku), DI Agata Szczodra (Tampere University) , Assoc. Prof. Laeticia Petit (Tampere University), PhD Alexander Veber (Tampere University), MSc Sami Vuori (University of Turku) and Assoc. Prof. Jonathan Massera (Tampere University).

Esko Salojärvi’s first article

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!

Congratulations, Isabella!

MSc Isabella Norrbo successfully defended her thesis “Synthetic hackmanites and their optical properties – from theory to applications” on Friday 17th of May. Congratulations!

From left: Disputant MSc Isabella Norrbo, Opponent Prof. Mark T. Weller and Custos Adj. Prof. Mika Lastusaari;
Right: Mark, Isabella and Mika at the dissertation party (Pictures: Mikaela Norrbo)

Chembio 2019 in Helsinki

University of Turku was well represented in the Chembio 2019 event in Helsinki 27.-28.3.2019. Isabella Norrbo from our group and Maarit Karonen from NCRG presented their research in Materials in Nature seminar by FinTAC ry. In addition, Marica Engström from NCRG presented her research in the session by the chromatography society of Finland.

Great job from all of you!

Image by Anne Koivuniemi
From left to right: Marica, Maarit and Isabella (picture by Anne Koivuniemi)
Image by Mika Lastusaari

Isabella presenting her research (picture by Mika Lastusaari)

Bachelor of Science students 2018

During the months of November and December we have had the privilege to host students for their Bachelor of Science laboratory work. We hope you have enjoyed the laboratory work and its ups and downs and continue with us further in your studies. There is lots of interesting research ahead!

From left to right: Matti, Teppo, Roosa, Otto and Herkko. Veera is unfortunately missing from the picture.

Congratulations, Mika!

Adj. Prof. Mika Lastusaari succesfully defended his 2nd thesis in the Department of the Education on Saturday 10th of November 2018.


Congratulations to our double Dr, we are proud of you!


The opponent, Dr. Anna Parpala (University of Helsinki), Adj. Prof. Mika Lastusaari and the custos Adj. Prof Mari Murtonen (University of Turku)


The double Dr. and a collection of his current and previous doctoral students