Esko Salojärvi’s dissertation defense

Fe complex from Esko’s dissertation, imaged by Adj. Prof. Anssi Peuronen

Esko Salojärvi is having his dissertation defense on Friday, February 19, at 12 o’clock on Zoom. The opponent is Professor Timo Repo from the University of Helsinki, and our Adjunct Professor Ari Lehtonen acts as the custos. Esko’s thesis with the subject “The optical and magnetic properties of redox-active d-block metal complexes with non-innocent ligands” can be found here:

The news (in Finnish) can be found here:

Public outreach lecture about chemistry

As a public outreach, Adj. Prof. Mika Lastusaari had a presentation about chemistry in one of Turku Teacher Training School’s IB line’s Integrated Science course visitor lectures. Hannah and Sami also got to tell why they have come to study chemistry and what inspires them, and also demonstrated color change and afterglow with the compulsory praise for inorganic chemistry! The “set” is shown in the photos.

Meet Mousumi Dey, our newest MSc student

Meet Mousumi Dey, MSc, our newest student who travels all the way from Tampere to carry out research in Mika’s group. She chose inorganic chemistry because organic feels sometimes quite hard (I think many of us inorganicists can relate to that!), and from the beginning she has been interested in nanotechnology, batteries, and photochromic materials, to name a few.

Mousumi obtained her MSc degree in India and has now come to our group to learn more about luminescence and photochromic materials as an inorganic chemistry MSc student. Colors are a natural thing for her since she is very artistic, as you can see here in her artwork samples:

Anssi Peuronen has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor

Anssi Peuronen, PhD, was appointed Adjunct Professor by Rector’s decision on January 12, 2021. We interviewed him with three questions:

1. What is your specialty in the field of inorganic chemistry and what interests you the most?

My interest lies in structural research and the study of how the information of the exact atomic structure of a compound/material as well as its organisation in the solid state can be utilised to understand and predict its properties and used in the design of new functional materials. In particular, I focus on the study of crystalline materials using X-ray crystallography, albeit other methods such as NMR, mass spectrometry, and computational chemistry are also important in my research. My current research topics include ion-selective supramolecular compounds, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and catalytically active compounds wherein determining the exact atomic structure is often particularly important.

2. How did you end up in Turku?

I am originally from an area called Pohjanmaa (Ostrobothnia), but I attended a university for the first time in Jyväskylä, Department of Chemistry, in the early 2000s. After graduating with a master’s degree (2009), I worked at the University of Jyväskylä’s Department of Chemistry as an Assistant and later as a University Teacher and a Doctoral student. My dissertation on Inorganic and Analytical chemistry was completed in 2014, after which I worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in a project funded by the Academy of Finland (2014–2018) in the research group of Manu Lahtinen and as a visiting researcher in the research group of Professor Kari Rissanen. I joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Turku with the help of postdoctoral funding granted by the Academy of Finland in 2018. While working in Turku, I paid a 6-month research visit to the University of Sheffield, in Professor Lee Brammer‘s research group. After my postdoctoral term, I will continue in the Inorganic Materials Chemistry research group as a University Teacher.

3. What do you tend to do in your free time?

I spend my free time with my two kids and by planning home renovation projects. Consuming music and producing music-like sounds as well as outdoor activities, fishing, and dreaming of a classic car are my favourite hobbies.

Narhari Sapkota is our newest PhD student

Narhari Sapkota is the newest PhD student in our research group. He is beginning to study coordination polymers and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) under Adjunct Professor Ari Lehtonen’s supervision. We asked him a couple of questions:

1️. Why did you choose (inorganic) chemistry and what’s the most interesting thing in it?
Chemistry is the central science. The air we breathe, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, everywhere there is chemistry. Chemistry can give a solution to the global challenges. These have driven me towards chemistry.

2️. Where have you studied earlier and what do you like about Turku/ University of Turku?
I completed my Master’s degree from the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu. Turku is a vibrant city. Especially the Aura river and Turku Cathedral I like most. I like everything about Turku University.

3️ What do you do during your free time / what are your hobbies?
I generally like reading, playing football and cycling in my free time.

Chemistry Dept.’s The Most Impressive Achievement ’20 award

Vuoden vaikuttavin teko '20

Just before the Christmas vacation we were awarded “The Most Impressive Achievement ’20” prize by our Chemistry Department and Head of Department Juha-Pekka Salminen. The justification reads “For the presentation of research results in national journals and marketing of one’s own field and group through social media channels“. Thank you!

Natural hackmanite paper spreads everywhere

It seems that the natural hackmanite article published in Chemistry of Materials has spread wider than we could ever imagine. It has now been found in 17 different sources from 5 different language regions throughout the world, and there will probably be even more during the coming months.

Check the links from this list:

IMC’s hackmanite research gets country-wide attention in two major newspapers

We wrote a press release based on our hackmanite research article in the high-impact Chemistry of Materials journal. The news was published on University of Turku’s website, and it spread instantly to Finland’s biggest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and also to a Turku-based newspaper Aamuset:

Tutkijat selvittivät, miksi luonnonkivi loistaa pimeässä – Hackmaniitin ytimessä hehkuu titaaniHelsingin Sanomat 23/10/2020

Pimeässä loistavan luonnonkiven salaisuus selvisi tuoreessa tutkimuksessaAamuset 23/10/2020