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TUTCRIS makes research available

The TUTCRIS portal is a showcase for TUT’s research. It provides up-to-date information on the activities of researchers and research groups, including their publications, projects and merits.

Publications can be browsed based on the field of science or the research unit, for example. The portal allows viewing open research publications and downloading online versions of doctoral dissertations.

The research portal is available at www.tut.fi/tutcris.

Science news

Optical flytrap opens new venues in the development of soft microbots

TUT’s Smart Photonic Materials research group’s research on an optical gripper, resembling a Venus flytrap, opens new venues in the development of soft microbots. Light-controlled elastomers are a new approach, and there are constantly new things to consider in terms of both fundamental research and potential applications.

“For instance, the artificial flytrap could potentially be applied in ‘quality control’, i.e., it could automatically identify and pick out small components with defects from a production line,” says Associate Professor Arri Priimägi.

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Solar revolution is upon us

Solar power use is increasing at a rapid rate. A newly launched research project at TUT gathers information on solar power to help Finnish companies thrive in the international competition.

“The all-new ‘Finnish Solar Revolution’ research project aims to raise awareness among businesses as to the particular characteristics, generation and use of solar power. It also strives to expedite a wider use of solar power. The idea is to support Finnish exports in the energy field,” Professor Seppo Valkealahti says.

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BioMediTech – research cooperation in life sciences and medical technology

BioMediTech brings together research groups from Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Tampere in the fields of life sciences and medical technology.

BioMediTech offers a world-class research environment and support for innovation and the commercialization of research results.

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Algae produce the strongest antioxidant in nature

Microalgae produce bio-oil for energy and valuable pigments for therapeutic applications. Microbiologist Praveen Ramasamy is developing methods that make algae more efficient in this production of materials and the collection of these materials more profitable. One of the materials is astaxanthin, the most powerful known antioxidant.

“The price of natural astaxanthin is many times higher than that of synthetically produced pigment. At present, only one per cent of all astaxanthin used worldwide comes from nature,” Ramasamy says.

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Tenure track promotes organizational commitment

Physicist Esa Räsänen was appointed to a professorship in the Department of Physics in September 2014. He is the first person put on TUT’s tenure track who has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor, the highest rung on the academic ladder.

“My tenure track appointment gave me the freedom to pursue a long-term research agenda. The system increases motivation and engagement among faculty members and increases organizational commitment,” he says.

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Research partnerships

TUT maintains close ties with leading universities and institutions in Finland and abroad. Successful partnerships between research groups are based on projects of mutual interest. Our researchers are actively involved in internationally funded projects. A total of 78 FP7 and 12 Horizon 2020 projects are underway at the University in 2015. The strength of our international network is also evidenced by the steady increase in publishing output.

Research partnerships

Better laser treatment for cancer and skin diseases

The FiDiPro project leader, biophysicist Serge Mordon is a world-renowned expert in the medical application of laser. ORC, in turn, is known for its innovative laser technology development.

The research involves the further development of ORC’s yellow-orange laser into a device for skin disease treatment. This will enable more effective therapy, easier implementation and reduced costs.

“In particular, the device can be used for treating skin damages and illnesses, such as port-wine stains, acne rosacea and dilated blood vessels.”

For cancer treatment, a photodynamic therapy is now proposed for specific kinds of skin tumours and local cancerous tumours related to prostatic and breast cancers, for example.

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High-quality doctoral education

TUT offers doctoral students a high-standard, inspiring research environment, high-quality supervision and support for pursuing a research career. Doctoral education is organized through TUT’s graduate school within the framework of faculty-specific doctoral programmes.

Doctoral programmes