Congratulations, Isabella!

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)

Isabella defends her doctoral thesis on 17.5.

MSc Isabella Norrbo defends her docotoral thesis “Synthetic hackmanites and their optical properties – from theory to applications” on Friday 17th of May at 12 o’clock ARC1 auditorium. Adj. Prof. Mika Lastusaari will act as a custos and the opponent will be Prof. Mark T. Weller from Cardiff University.

The thesis can be found online at UTUpub:
Synthetic hackmanites and their optical properties – from theory to applications

Isabellan väitöstiedote yliopiston sivuilla:
Uusi ympäristöystävällinen synteettinen materiaali hohtaa valoa ja vaihtaa väriä

Turun sanomien uutinen:
Kivestä UV-mittariksi – luonnon mineraalista valmistettiin synteettinen versio, jolla voi mitata UV-säteilylle altistumista

Kemian kevät 2019

The Kemian kevät seminars for BSc and MSc students are held in Arcanum lecture hall Arc1 on 24.-26.4.2019. Most of the presentations are in Finnish, international student present their work on Thursday afternoon 13.35-14.15.

You can hear inorganic material chemistry talks on Thursday 25.4. from 9.45 onwards first with six BSc thesis presentations from Teppo, Veera, Herkko, Matti, Otto and Roosa followed by one MSc presentation from Sami. The topics range from luminescent particles and LEDs to metal-organic complexes and reversible photochromism. In Thursday afternoon at 13.35 you can also hear a presentation from Qingan about transition metal catalyzed coupling.

More info and timetables can be found at Kemian kevät 2019 website: Kemian kevät (www)
Program: Program 2019 (pdf)

Congratulations Emilia!

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)

Emilia defends her doctoral thesis on 12.4.

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

Chembio 2019 in Helsinki

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!

Image by Anne Koivuniemi
From left to right: Marica, Maarit and Isabella (picture by Anne Koivuniemi)
Image by Mika Lastusaari

Isabella presenting her research (picture by Mika Lastusaari)

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 publication and a heads up for the spring

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.
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