Today morning Isabella led a group of ninth grade pupils and showed them what kind of business we do here. The demonstrations included an XRF analysis, afterglow, luminescence spectrometry and a combustion reaction. In addition to the nice chemistry demonstrations, the pupils were generally interested about how to study in a university. They are all going to a gymnasium after the secondary school, and hopefully we will see some familiar faces around here after that!
We have now created an Instagram account for the IMC group! Please like, share and follow!
In addition to the motivated BSc students introduced in the last post, we have had the honour to have student Anna Koleshnikova, supervised by Mika, Isabella and Emilia, from Turku Vocational Institute (Turun ammatti-instituutti) conducting her on-the-job learning period with us since the beginning of August. She has used and learned a plethora of instruments and analysis techniques, including measuring hackmanites with a luminance meter, a thermoluminescence reader, XRF, XRD, a thermogravimeter and a portable spectrometer. She has also learned to synthesize NaYF₄ via a solid-state reaction route.
Anna will be working in our team until October 7, after which she will continue her studies at the vocational institute. We want to thank Anna already at this point for helping us in conducting measurements both effectively and untiringly!
A fresh new academic year has started with some fresh new people: the motivated BSc students had a flying start, rolling their lab coat sleeves already at the beginning of September and having their work done quickly and effectively. Me, Isabella and Ari are supervising their work, which luckily doesn’t require much overseeing since the students are smart and super self-directing. We warmly welcome Nina, Samu and Saara to carry out their BSc labs here at IMC.
MSc Isabella Norrbo defends her docotoral thesis “Synthetic hackmanites and their optical properties – from theory to applications” on Friday 17th of May at 12 o’clock ARC1 auditorium. Adj. Prof. Mika Lastusaari will act as a custos and the opponent will be Prof. Mark T. Weller from Cardiff University.
The thesis can be found online at UTUpub:
Synthetic hackmanites and their optical properties – from theory to applications
Isabellan väitöstiedote yliopiston sivuilla:
Uusi ympäristöystävällinen synteettinen materiaali hohtaa valoa ja vaihtaa väriä
The Kemian kevät seminars for BSc and MSc students are held in Arcanum lecture hall Arc1 on 24.-26.4.2019. Most of the presentations are in Finnish, international student present their work on Thursday afternoon 13.35-14.15.
You can hear inorganic material chemistry talks on Thursday 25.4. from 9.45 onwards first with six BSc thesis presentations from Teppo, Veera, Herkko, Matti, Otto and Roosa followed by one MSc presentation from Sami. The topics range from luminescent particles and LEDs to metal-organic complexes and reversible photochromism. In Thursday afternoon at 13.35 you can also hear a presentation from Qingan about transition metal catalyzed coupling.
MSc Emilia Palo successfully defended her thesis “Modifying upconverting nanoparticles with polyelectrolyte multilayers” on Friday April 12th.
From left: Opponent Prof Darja Lisjak, Custos Adj. Prof. Mika Lastusaari and disputant MSc Emilia Palo at the public defence. Right: Mika, Emilia, Mikko, Tero and Darja at the dissertation party. (Pictures: Pekka Palo)
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!
Isabella presenting her research (picture by Mika Lastusaari)
Isabella is presenting our research on hackmanites with the topic of “Hackmanite minerals for detecting radiation” at 12:10 in hall 3d. The talk is part of the FinTAC ry session “Materials in nature – thermoanalytical aspects”.
Opettaja -lehti kävi jututtamassa Mika Lastusaarta hänen kasvatustieteen väitöskirjansa tiimoilta. Jutun voit lukea allaolevasta linkistä.
“Oppimistapa enteilee opintojen jatkuvuutta” Opettaja-lehti 22.2.2019