Honorary Citizenship awarded to Ian

Dr. Ian Pompermayer Machado is leaving IMC soon, so today Mika and Ari presented him with IMC’s highest honor, which has been given to fewer people than the Nobel Prize: the IMC Diploma of Honorary Citizenship i.e. Civis IMC Honoris Causa.

Thank you Ian for your service at IMC, and you are always welcome to visit us in the future!

Hannah wins Best Talk in EXACTUS seminar

Last Friday was the annual EXACTUS seminar, where soon-to-defend Doctoral Researchers of the Doctoral Programme in Exact Sciences (EXACTUS) give a presentation on the topic of their dissertation. This year, the prize for the best talk went to Hannah with her topic “Tuning Photochromic Sodalites Across The Visible Spectrum”. Congratulations Hannah!

Kemian kevät awards to Sinna and Nina

In the Kemian kevät event’s evening party on last Friday, IMC’s students received two wonderful prizes.

Our MSc student Sinna Lampinen received an encouragement award for commendable work, growing into an expert and for her presentation on the production and properties of manganese hackmanite. The award was issued by the Department of Chemistry.

Likewise, MSc student Nina Rehnberg won the Chemistry Club of Turku’s (Turun Kemistikerho) board’s vote for the best poster, and the value of this award named after Adj. Prof. Antti Vesala is 250 €. Nina’s poster was about β spodumene’s modification: luminescence and composition.

Well done Sinna and Nina!

Roosa wins best poster prize!

Roosa Vastamäki with her poster.

The Chemist Club of Turku awards annually the prize for the best poster in connection with the Kemian kevät (Spring of chemistry) event of the Department of Chemistry of the University of Turku. The categories of this Antti Vesala prize are

  1. The board of the Chemist Club’s selection for the winner.
  2. The public vote, which is open to all members of the Chemist Club of Turku and the students and staff of the Department of Chemistry.

This year, Roosa Vastamäki, our group’s MSc student with a poster titled “A zeolite-free microwave synthesis of hackmanites“, was chosen as the winner of the first category. Congratulations, Roosa, well done!

Mika selected as Adjunct Professor of the Year 2021!

The joint Academic Day of the staff of the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University was celebrated on March 25, 2021. The Academic Day is held annually at the end of March in honor of the Royal Academy of Turku, founded in 1640. The recipient of the Vuoden dosentti (Adjunct Professor of the year) diploma is also announced on that day.

This year, Turun Yliopistojen Dosenttiyhdistys ry (The Adjunct Professors’ Society of the Universities of Turku) society selected Mika Lastusaari, the leader of our research group’s photonic materials team, as the Adjunct Professor of the year. Brilliant work and congratulations, Mika!

Mika at an NBC symposium giving a presentation. Credits Marko Junttila.

Tiina Mahlamäki, President of the Turun Yliopistojen Dosenttiyhdistys ry (The Adjunct Professors’ Society of the Universities of Turku) society, said in her introduction that the selection criteria have emphasized not only the Adjunct Professor’s academic merits but also social impact and interaction.

Ari Lehtonen from the society continued with detailed description about Mika’s achievements: “Mika is an active researcher and has published almost 200 articles on inorganic materials chemistry, most of all photonic materials and light-emitting materials. He has produced a large number of new luminescent materials with many practical applications and has also filed many patents on these materials. In addition, he has studied natural luminescent materials: the well-known Bologna stone and hackmanite minerals, and solved the mystery of the luminescent properties of these materials.

Mika has also published a lot of research on learning and teaching chemistry, and the way he works is well illustrated by the fact that he started university pedagogical studies but did not settle for 10 credits or even 60 credits: he did his second dissertation on the subject. Not only is Mika a good researcher and a good teacher, he also knows how to compose, sing and play guitar, and he has composed and produced the theme song for the Inorganic Materials Chemistry Research Group and the group’s music video on YouTube.

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!

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.