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.

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).

Two new collaboration publications about glasses

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.
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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.
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New publications

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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New collaboration publication about warm-light LED materials

Check out the new collaboration publication about microwave-assisted synthesis of Ti-doped rare-earth oxysulfides for warm-light LED materials.

Carvalho, J.M., Pedroso, C.C.S., Machado, I.P., Hölsä, J., Rodrigues, L.C.V., Głuchowski, P., Lastusaari, M., and Brito, H.F. “Persistent luminescence warm-light LEDs based on Ti-doped RE2O2S materials prepared by rapid and energy-saving microwave-assisted synthesis” J. Mater. Chem. C 6 (2018) 8897-8905.
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Publication: Shielding upconverting nanoparticles with layer-by-layer method

Check out our latest publication about upconverting nanoparticles and their shielding in aqueous environments from the link below.

Palo, E., Lahtinen, S., Päkkilä, H., Salomäki, M., Soukka, T., and Lastusaari, M., “Effective Shielding of NaYF4:Yb3+,Er3+ Upconverting Nanoparticles in Aqueous Environments Using Layer-by-Layer Assembly” Langmuir 34 (2018) 7759-7766.
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Collaboration publications about tungsten complexes and hackmanites

Check out our recent collaboration publications about tungsten complexes and microwave-assisted hackmanite synthesis.

Carvalho, J.M., Norrbo, I., Ando, R.A., Brito, H.F., Fantini, M.C.A., and Lastusaari, M., “Fast, low-cost preparation of hackmanite minerals with reversible photochromic behavior using a microwave-assisted structure-conversion method” Chem. Commun. 54 (2018) 7326-7329.
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Hossain, K., Haukka, M., Hänninen, M.M., Lisensky, G.C., Paturi, P., Ebbe, N., and Lehtonen, A.. “An experimental and theoretical study of a heptacoordinated tungsten(VI) complex of a noninnocent phenylenediamine bis(phenolate) ligand” Inorg. Chem. Commun. 93 (2018) 149-152.
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