Meet Sinna Lampinen

Introducing our MSc student Sinna Lampinen who is currently working with the synthesis of sodalites. The laboratory’s X-Ray diffractometer has been in heavy use during the fall. At home keeping her busy is a small sheep farm focusing on traditional landscape management in cooperation with the local nature conservation assosiation. Some hobbies include birdwatching, music, gym and yoga – whenever she finds time for them!

Meet Ella-Roosa Suni

Meet Ella-Roosa Suni, familiarly Ellis. She’s a third-year student currently doing her BSc lab work where she synthesizes luminescent nanoparticles. Ellis’ hobbies include riding horses, outdoor activities, baking, and having boardgame evenings with her friends.

Meet Melanie Wals

Introducing Melanie Wals, a BSc exchange student from the University of Regensburg, Germany. She’s in her third year and staying for this semester in Ari’s group, focusing on metal-organic syntheses. On her free time she plays soccer and likes to cook and bake together with her roommates.

Meet Leonnam Merízio

Meet Leonnam Merízio, our newest postdoctoral researcher. He obtained his PhD from the University of São Paulo, Brazil in 2019 and is a researcher at São Carlos Physics Institute, working with persistent luminescent glasses and nanomaterials. Now, as part of his post-doctorate, he is working at UTU for one year. Some of his hobbies include practicing Tae Kwon-do, observe the moon and the planets with a telescope and hang out with friends.

Meet Douglas Fritzen

Meet Douglas Fritzen who obtained his PhD a month ago from the University of São Paulo, Brazil and is now on a short visit at our chemistry department, but will be back next year for two years. His hobbies include taking care of plants (his friends say that he has a green finger), practicing kung fu, and taking pictures of his cats!

Pasi interviewed for the news about the Post Docs in Companies (PoDoCo) program

PoDoCo is a matchmaking program supporting long term competitiveness and strategic renewal of companies and employment of young doctors in the private sector. IMC’s PhD Pasi Salonen was interviewed for the news about the program:

“In his own PoDoCo project, the recent PhD Pasi Salonen from the University of Turku is developing a method for the treatment and recovery of rare-earth elements (REEs), especially from electronic scrap and industrial by-products. Demand for REEs have increased because they are being used in many new solutions to combat climate change, such as wind farms and electric cars.

In his project promoting the circular economy, Salonen is developing 4D-printed filters for metal capture together with Weeefiner Oy in Jyväskylä. They are 3D-printed filters that are chemically functionalized.

In addition to the academic research world, I have always been interested in the industry, and PoDoCo combines both. The PoDoCo project with 4D REE catchers in cooperation with Weeefiner Oy is interesting and important to me, it enables the utilization of the knowledge and skills obtained in my dissertation in the face of a practical challenge. Through the PoDoCo program, the door is open to both the academy and industry, Pasi Salonen says.”

The news (in Finnish):

Open vacancy: Postdoctoral Researcher

Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of Material Chemistry
The University of Turku is a world-class multidisciplinary research university which offers interesting challenges and a unique vantage point to national and international research and education.

Postdoctoral Researcher Position
The doctoral candidate or postdoctoral researcher will be working at the Deparment of Chemistry in a research project funded by Business Finland :”NIR-Sieve”. The fixed term position starts at the earliest on 1st of February 2022 and lasts until the end of June 2023.

Expectations for the candidates
– must hold a doctoral degree in materials chemistry or related fields
– should have a proven experience in the field of solid state chemistry, especially in luminescent materials and inorganic photochromism
– need to have the ability to conduct independent scientific work and to report own research results with good spoken and written English

Willingness to take part in a company that is possibly established after the project is considered as an advantage for the applicant.
The qualification requirements of the position are written in the University of Turku rules of procedure.The job comprises carrying out and supervising materials research and participation to commercialization research in the project as well as the supervision of undergraduates’ lab work.

The University is committed to promoting non-discrimination, equality and diversity in our community. All interested applicants, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply.


The salary is determined in accordance with the university salary system for teaching and research personnel. For a postdoctoral researcher, the salary is at levels 4-6 on the job demands chart, where the task specific salary component is 2591,28 – 3498,98 €/month. The component based on personal performance adds 6–50 % to this salary.

There is a trial period of six months.

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Applications & additional information

The application should include
– letter of motivation
– CV
– a list of publications
– a copy of diploma of the doctoral degree
– addresses of 2-3 potential academic referees and
– other documents that may affect to the selection.

Applications must be submitted by 26 January 2022 using the electronic application form of the University of Turku on the following address:

Additional information is given by University Lecturer Mika, +358 50 328 6237.
For questions related to the application process, contact HR specialist Susanna Virtanen (