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

IMC theme song video!

To celebrate the five-year anniversary of Inorganic Materials Chemistry group at the University of Turku – and to pass the time during these social distancing times – we created the IMC theme song. The current IMC group and alumni joined forces to bring you joy in the darkening autumn of Finland. Enjoy! Warning: flashy lights and fast images!

Newspaper article: IMC face masks

Turun Sanomat, the biggest local newspaper, asked for photos of readers’ face masks. We saw an opportunity there to show our new face masks with our logo on them:

“Sami Vuori from the chemistry department of University of Turku’s says: “We ordered our research group (Inorganic Materials Chemistry research group, IMC) face masks with our logo on them.

Congratulations Cecilia and Sami!

The first paper for Cecilia and Sami was just accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials. The paper is entitled “Hackmanite – the natural glow-in-the-dark material” and it will be published soon in open access.

Great work from Cecilia, Sami and the truly multidisciplinary international collaborator group!

Photo by Adefunke Koyejo.

Digital Kemian kevät presentation event was a success

Last week the chemistry department held its traditional annual 3-day Kemian kevät event which is for the BSc and MSc students’ presentations. This year, however, was a historical one since the whole event was held on the Zoom platform. Although there were doubts whether the platform could bear more than a hundred participants, the whole event went very smoothly without any technical issues. The digital Kemian kevät event was a real success and showed what a versatile mentality our students, professors, teachers and staff have. All thanks go to everyone who took part in creating and participating this event. Good job everyone! The screenshot below is from our MSc student Kirsi Miller‘s presentation.

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!