The joint project of IMC and the University of Jyväskylä received a total of € 500,000 in funding from the Technology Industries of Finland’s Centennial Foundation and the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation in The Future Makers funding round. The project is led by Professor Ari Väisänen while Academy Researcher Jani Moilanen and IMC’s Mika Lastusaari lead their sub-projects.
About the project: “The need for critical metals, such as rare earths, will increase in the future. These metals are needed in electric cars, lights, wind turbines and electronic devices, for example. The recycling of rare earths is low due to the lack of efficient and environmentally friendly recycling methods. The project will develop new next-generation materials based on rare earths. The metals to be processed are recovered from industrial waste and by-product streams.“
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.
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.
Additional information is given by University Lecturer Mika Lastusaari, firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 50 328 6237. For questions related to the application process, contact HR specialist Susanna Virtanen (email@example.com)
IMC’s long-time member and our latest PhD, Pasi Salonen, offered cake and sparkling wine today in Aurum’s coffee room to celebrate 10 years at the University of Turku and also taking on new challenges: Pasi is moving to the University of Jyväskylä to make new research conquests. Thank you Pasi and good luck!
Today we had the honor of hosting a visit of Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow Akseli Mansikkamäki, who works in the NMR Research Unit of the University of Oulu, giving a talk about “Recent Advances in Organometallic Lanthanide Single-Molecule Magnets“. Akseli’s publishing activities are of a very high quality, and in 2018 he was an author in an article in the Science journal “Magnetic hysteresis up to 80 kelvin in a dysprosium metallocene single-molecule magnet“. Thanks for visiting and see you again, Akseli!
Our hackmanite research levels up with a collaboration project with European Space Agency (ESA). The agency expressed interest in the color-changing property of hackmanite for the task of bringing various detector materials into space for examination. Hackmanite passed the initial qualifiers, and now the project can start with full power, meaning that… hackmanite has a chance to go into space!
IMC’s PhD students Sobia Rashid, Hannah Byron, Cecilia Agamah, and Sami Vuori went to the Optics & Photonics Days 2021 conference held on 1.–3.12. in Logomo, Turku. It was amazing to meet other photonics enthusiasts, listen to interesting presentations and tell other participants about our research. Next year OPD will be held in Tampere so see you there!
We had the pleasure of having PhD student Pauline Colinet from the University of Lyon in France visit us for a couple of days. Pauline will be having her dissertation defense about computational chemistry early next year and wanted to come here to learn how we make hackmanite and do its measurements. For her part, Pauline showed what the sophisticated batch files of computational chemistry look like and how she commands the massive calculation clusters. We have collaborated a lot with her, and hopefully the collaboration will continue in the future! Splendid couple of day with her!
Pasi Salonen will have his doctoral dissertation defense tomorrow 5.11.2021 from 12:00 in lecture hall XXII in Agora. The title of his thesis is “Aminophenolato Complexes of Mo, W and V In Catalytic Alkene Epoxidation and Cathecol Oxidation“. The event can be followed on Zoom. More information here:
Meet our newest member, MSc student Teemu Taam from Oulu. We interviewed him with three questions.
1. Why did you chooseintelligent materials chemistry? The world is constantly changing and the circular economy emphasizes low waste. For me, making the most of any potential side streams is extremely important. The chemistry of intelligent materials could be just that. Thus, I am challenging myself by becoming familiar with intelligent materials from a circular economy perspective and meeting the demands of modern society. That’s why I set out to head to the line of organometallic materials, get answers, and maybe bring something new.
2. What interests you particularly in chemistry? – I am a friend of classical chemistry. Traditional analytical methods of inorganic and organic chemistry as well as demanding syntheses keep the motivation high. Versatile analytical techniques are also inspiring, as the analysis of each synthesis product is like the final culmination of a suspenseful story, which either brings great satisfation or complete disappointment.
3. What do you do in your free time? – Literature is very important to me. Relaxing reading as well as producing written outputs help maintain a diverse vocabulary. Outdoor activities and nature are my second place to relax. In nature, hiking and berry picking during late summer and fall keeps the mind fresh.