Research in the departments
The school conducts academic research in the fields of Materials Science and Engineering, Biotechnology and Chemical Technology, Chemistry and Forest Products Technology.
Based on the fundamental and applied research in these fields, the school provides top level education in undergraduate, master and doctoral programmes.
Research profiles of the departments:
- Biotechnology and Chemical Technology
- Forest Products Technology
- Materials Science and Engineering
The department cover the complete chain from theory and experimental research to the practical process design skills needed in the chemical, forest, biotech, pharmaceutical and food industries and in production of new materials.
The research focus areas have global importance, but they also have particula national importance. A key element in the research strategy is interdisciplinary and complementary networking.
At the Department of Chemistry natural phenomenon and naturally occurring substances are those things that provide incentive for research. New compounds are modelled and designed with the precision of a single atom or orbital. In order for this to be possible, researchers create and develop new methods with which to do so. The outcome is new chemical compounds for both materials science and biomedicine applications. Sensitive and reliable analysis methods are developed for observations and measurement. Fabrication process development takes into account a molecule’s entire life cycle from raw material to product to recycling material, and the department applies the principles of sustainable development and green chemistry. The department’s graduates are often employed as experts and researchers both at universities and in many fields of industry, including chemistry, medicine, materials science, electronics and energy.
The general theme of research at the Department of Forest Products Technology is the sustainable use of renewable natural resources.The focus is in forest biomass and its processing to solid wood products, fibers and cellulose fibrils, composites made of these, regenerated cellulosic materials and various chemicals.
Research in materials science and engineering is focused on the development constructive, functional and active materials and their industrial applications.