IMC & hackmanite in the headlines during New Year

IMC and hackmanite were in the headlines right before the New Year’s Eve. First, on Friday 29/12 there was an interview with Prof. Mika on Yle’s radio news, and the next day Yle published the article “In Turku, a special stone that changes color and glows in the dark is being researched – soon a sensor built from it will go into space” related to our project with the European Space Agency.

The article (only in Finnish):

Happy New Year!

2023 has been the best year for IMC: we have the best scientific impact ever in publications, both individually and in total. Many new, enthusiastic students joined our group and we also received new research funding. Big thanks also goes to our stakeholders and partners, with whom the fruitful cooperation will continue in the future. Thank you everyone and a very happy new year 2024!

Kemistin työkalupakki: osa 8

Kemistin työkalupakin kahdeksannessa osassa professori Mika Lastusaari ja tohtorit Anssi Peuronen ja Sami Vuori esittelevät kannettavan värispektrometrin toimintaa. Hyvää joulua! 🌲

Huom! Havaittu väri riippuu aina siitä, missä valossa asiaa tarkastellaan. Tämä värispektrometri käyttää standardivaloa, joka vastaa kesäisen keskipäivän aurinkoa. Laboratoriossamme sen sijaan on tavallinen valkoinen LED-valaistus. Sen värintoistoindeksi on 83/100, mikä tarkoittaa sitä, etteivät kaikki värisävyt näytä sen valossa samalta kuin kesäisen keskipäivän auringonvalossa. Siksi voi olla, että tässä tutkittu hackmaniittijauhe on laboratoriovalaistuksessa enemmän violetti kuin pinkki, vaikka standardivalossa asia on päinvastoin.

Mc students’ presentation day

From left to right: Samu, Ella-Roosa, Anni, Oskari, Madara, Josh, Araz, and Bettiina.

The students of the Master’s phase of IMC gave a presentation about the results of their project works today. Interesting presentations and results from our enthusiastic scientists!

IMC course labwork finished

The Materials chemistry and sustainable development course exercises were completed yesterday. In the first lab work, metals were identified by X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF) and separated by precipitation, and in the second work hackmanites were prepared and their purity was studied by powder X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and color change and luminescence properties by UV lamps and reflectance spectrometry.

The enthusiastic students and also the instructors performed the tasks excellently, and the general comment was that the excercises were interesting.

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!