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.
We are happy to host Marine Cohadon from Aubiere, France, as an intern in our lab. She will be staying with us until the end of August. We hope that she will find the visit interesting and useful!
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)
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)
MSc Emilia Palo defends her doctoral thesis “Modifying upconverting nanoparticles with polyelectrolyte multilayers” on Friday 12.4.2019 at 12 o’clock noon in Pub3 lecture hall, Publicum. Adj. Prof. Mika Lastusaari (University of Turku) will act as the Custos and Prof. Darja Lisjak (Jožef Stefan Institute) will act as the Opponent.
Press release in Finnish can be found at the University of Turku www pages:
Kerroskasvatuksella suojatut partikkelit parantavat valoon perustuvien mittaustulosten luotettavuutta
The thesis can be found online from UTUpub:
Modifying upconverting nanoparticles with polyelectrolyte multilayers
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)
Check out these two new collaboration publicatoins about persistent luminescence in glass materials.
Ojha, N., Trautvetter, T., Norrbo, I., Kallide, A., Lastusaari, M., Mueller, R., and Petit, L. “Sintered silica bodies with persistent luminescence” Scripta Mater. 166 (2019) 15-18.
Read online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scriptamat.2019.02.044
Szczodra, A., Kuusela, L., Norrbo, I., Mardoukhi, A., Hokka, M., Lastusaari, M., Petit, L., “Successful preparation of fluorine containing glasses with persistent luminescence using the direct doping method” J. Alloy Compd. 787 (2019) 1260-1264.
Read online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2019.02.075
Newest publication from the metal-organic part of our group can be found below.
In addition to the publications, for this spring we have two incoming dissertations. Emilia has her dissertation in April and Isabella in May, so don’t miss out!
Salonen, P., Peuronen, A., Sinkkonen, J., and Lehtonen, A. “Oxidovanadium(v) complexes with L-proline-based amino acid phenolates” Inorg. Chim. Acta 489 (2019) 108-114.
Read online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ica.2019.02.011
Some new publications added into the year 2019! You can choose to read about oxovanadium complexes or if you’re more interested in luminescent materals you can choose between clays and glass materials.
Ojha, N., Tuomisto, M., Lastusaari, M., and Petit, L. “Phosphate glasses with blue persistent luminescence prepared using the direct doping methods” Opt. Mater. 87 (2019) 151-156.
Read online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.optmat.2018.03.063
Santos, H.S., Laihinen, T., Rodrigues, L.C.V., Sinkkonen, J., Mäkilä, E., Damlin, P., Nakamura, L.K.O., Brito, H.F., Hölsä, J., and Lastusaari, M., “Red- and green-emitting nano-clay materials doped with Eu3+ and/or Tb3+” Luminescence 1 (2019) 23-38.
Read online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bio.3561
Sobhanadhas, L.S., Kesavan, L., Lastusaari, M., and Fardim, P., “Layered Double Hydroxide-Cellulose Hybrid Beads: A Novel Catalyst for Topochemical Grafting of Pulp Fibers” ACS Omega 4 (2019) 320-330.
Read online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsomega.8b03061
Hossain, M.K., Haukka, M., Lisensky, G.C., Lehtonen, A., and Nordlander, E. “Oxovanadium(V) complexes with tripodal bisphenolate and monophenolate ligands: Syntheses, structures and catalytic activities” Inorg. Chim. Acta 487 (2019) 112-119.
Read online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ica.2018.11.049
Check out the latest publication about the surface modifications of upconversion nanoparticles using polyelectrolyte multilayers and how we aim to prevent the nanoparticle disintegration in aqueous environments.
Palo, E., Salomäki, M., and Lastusaari, M., “Restraining fluoride loss from NaYF4:Yb3+,Er3+ upconverting nanoparticles in aqueous environments using crosslinked poly(acrylic acid)/poly(allylamine hydrochloride) multilayers” J Colloid Interface Sci. 538 (2019) 320-326.
Read online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2018.11.094