10.12.2013 According to Professor Guven Akdogan, sabbatical leave is an excellent way of getting new ideas. He has been on sabbatical leave from his regular job since July and is currently performing research at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His leave will last six months. Akdogan’s home university, Stellenbosch University in South Africa, grants professors 6 months sabbatical leave every five years. According to Professor Akdogan, it is worth taking the leave because although performing research is rather similar wherever you go, a new environment always gives you new ideas.
05.12.2013 Thermoelectric materials can convert waste heat directly into electricity. Tommi Tynell, M.Sc. (Tech.), who is a doctoral candidate at the Aalto University School of Chemical Technology, has developed hybrid thermoelectric materials which combine useful properties from different types of materials. He found that by adding organic layers between layers of zinc it is possible to improve the performance of thermoelectric materials. The organic layers are also believed to have a major effect in reducing thermal conductivity, which would be very useful in thermoelectric materials.
26.11.2013 The purpose of the event is to draw the students to the world of research right from the beginning.
26.11.2013 First-year students get down to real work in the Future Materials course
22.11.2013 Funding totalling EUR 590 000 has been granted in the Academy of Finland’s FIRI 2013 Call for Research Infrastructures to the BIOFACTORY alliance, whose accountable manager is Academy Professor Jukka Seppälä. The funding period is 1 December 2013 – 31 December 2015.
21.11.2013 The School of Chemical Technology has been working on cellulosic textile fibres. Textile art student Marjaana Tanttu designed and made a scarf from the fibre.
20.11.2013 Aalto University has developed an internationally significant new process for working wood cellulose into a textile fibre. New solutions for using fibre-based materials in textile processes attract global interest.
19.11.2013 Professor with long-time experience in the field is not troubled by the decline the traditional paper industry is experiencing.