Mela’s communications team’s visit

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!

Hannah wins best poster award at FyFa symposium

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.

Hannah giving her oral presentation Thermoluminescence of hackmanites produced using a zeolite-free method. Photo by João Pedro Martins.
Photo by João Pedro Martins.
Hannah invited on stage for the best poster award by the chairpersons of FyFa, Emma Hokkala, and FinTAC, Vesa-Pekka Lehto. Photo by João Pedro Martins.

Felix Memmel from the University of Würzburg

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.

Wurzburg location
Würzburg’s location

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!

Gathering for Pasi’s research visit to Austria

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!

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).

Minnea’s dissertation & post-doctoral party

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.

Associate Professor Sarah McCormack, Minnea Tuomisto and Adjunct Professor Mika Lastusaari.

Congratulations, Minnea!

Introducing our new MSc students

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.

Otto Rouhio, Teppo Kreivilä and Kirsi Miller.

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.

Kirsi conducting experiments.

We warmly welcome Otto, Teppo and Kirsi to be a part of our group!

Ninth grade students’ visit

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!

The pupils with Isabella in the X-ray analysis laboratory.

Anna from Turku Vocational Institute

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 Koleshnikova.

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!

Bachelor of Science students 2019

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.

From left to right: BSc students Nina Rehnberg, Samu Raunio and Saara Pellinen.