Chemistry and Advanced Materials - Tampere University of Technology

Chemistry and Advanced Materials research group (CAM)

The Chemistry and Advanced Materials group (led by Prof. Nikolai Tkachenko) has a common strategy of using chemistry approach to design and fabricate functional compounds and materials. The group comprises 3 professors, ca. 15 senior researchers and postdocs, and ca. 15 graduate and undergraduate students. Our research is divided into four focus areas, from which you can find more details below:

 Photonic compounds and nanomaterials (prof. Nikolai Tkachenko and Docent Terttu Hukka)

  • photophysics of molecular systems, supramolecular architectures, semiconductor quantum dots, nanorods, nanowires, and organic-semiconductor hybrids;
  • photonic control of electronic interactions in organic-semiconductor nanostructures.
  • modelling of photo-induced charge- and energy-transfer, and electronic coupling in molecular and hybrid structures; quantum chemical density functional theory (DFT) and its time-dependent form (TD-DFT); molecular dynamics (MD)
  • hybrid solar cells and photocatalytic hydrogen production

Smart photonic materials (Assoc. Prof. Arri Priimägi)

  • polymeric and liquid-crystalline materials whose properties can be controlled with light;
  • functional supramolecular systems based on halogen bonding;
  • light-to-mechanical energy conversion and photoactuation.

Supramolecular chemistry of bio- and nanomaterials (Assoc. Prof. Timo Laaksonen and Docent Elina Vuorimaa-Laukkanen)

  • bio- and nanomaterials such as cellulose nanofibers or metallic nanoparticles;
  • use of new tools to track to analyze drug molecules and carriers;
  • tailored materials for pharmaceutical applications.

Synthetic chemistry (Docent Alexander Efimov, Docent Nuno Rafael Candeias)

  • chemistry of organic chromophores and self-assembling materials for light energy utilization
  • development of sustainable synthetic methods and molecular structural analysis
  • synthesis of bioactive molecules


Chemistry education in TUT

Chemistry is the study of matter, its composition, properties, and reactivity. It is central for understanding the behaviour of materials and the link between other sciences, such as physics and biology. We offer a broad and high-level chemistry education required for successful carrier development in modern research and industry. In teaching, we incorporate real-life examples and our own research into the course materials and examples. We introduce the students to physical chemistry, modern synthetic chemistry, and state-of-the-art analytical methods, such as ultrafast laser spectroscopy. The Chemistry major is designed to high international standards to open academic and industrial positions worldwide. 

There are many possibilities for practical study courses and special assignments, as well as thesis (BSc/MSc/DSc) projects and occasional summer worker positions. With these, it is possible to be a part of an international research group and top-class research already during your master’s studies. Feel free to contact the professors or lecturers after lectures or through email.


Updated by: Elina Vuorimaa-Laukkanen, 06.09.2017 12:59.
Keywords: science and research, photo-induced processes, organized systems, charge transfer, energy transfer, photochemistry, spectroscopy