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Catalysts are at the core of chemical industry and are expected to enable a sustainable biobased economy of the future. The Catalysis group, lead by Prof. Puurunen and founded in 2017, develops new types of solid heterogeneous catalysts and evaluates their performance, aiming for fundamental understanding and structure-activity relationships. The group is striving towards more Open Science. 

Focus areas:

  1. Catalytic reactions & mechanisms;
  2. Supported catalysts by ALD and other methods;
  3. Microreactors;
  4. In situ / operando activity testing;
  5. Sustainable biomass-based solutions.

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Photo of Aitor Arandia Gutierrez

Aitor Arandia Gutierrez

Person: Postdoctoral researchers

Photo of Riikka Puurunen

Riikka Puurunen

Person: Professors, tenure track

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Jihong Yim

Person: Doctoral students, Doctoral studies


Research Output

Deactivation of Ni spinel derived catalyst during the oxidative steam reforming of raw bio-oil

Arandia, A., Remiro, A., Valle, B., Bilbao, J. & Gayubo, A. G., 15 Sep 2020, In : Fuel. 276, 117995.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • Hydrodeoxygenation of levulinic acid dimers on a zirconia-supported ruthenium catalyst

    Mäkelä, E., Escobedo, J. L. G., Lindblad, M., Käldström, M., Meriö-Talvio, H., Jiang, H., Puurunen, R. L. & Karinen, R., 1 Feb 2020, In : CATALYSTS. 10, 2, 200.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 27 Downloads (Pure)


    Berzelius Medal

    Riikka Puurunen (Recipient), 27 Aug 2018

    Prize: Award or honor granted for academic career

    Eduational action of the year (2019)

    Riikka Puurunen (Recipient), 12 Dec 2019

    Prize: Award or honor granted for academic career

  • Activities

    • 3 Public or invited talk
    • 2 Organization of a workshop, panel, session or tutorial
    • 1 Pre-examination of dissertation or acting as opponent to doctoral students
    • 1 Conference presentation

    ALD Technology - Introduction, History & Principles

    Riikka Puurunen (Speaker)
    19 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic or invited talk

    Delft University of Technology

    Riikka Puurunen (Visiting researcher)
    10 Jun 201912 Jul 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisit abroad

    November Networking - ALD at Aalto University

    Riikka Puurunen (Member)
    30 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganization of a workshop, panel, session or tutorial

    Press / Media

    @AaltoCatalysis Instagram

    Riikka Puurunen


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Social media activity