University of Jyväskylä

Academy Research Fellow Dr. Heikki M. Tuononen receives Nordic prize in chemistry

Heikki TuononenThe Royal Physiographic Society in Lund – Academy for natural sciences, medicine and technology has given the 2014 Ingrid and Sten Ahrlands prize to the Academy Research Fellow Dr. Heikki M. Tuononen. The Ingrid and Sten Ahrlands prize is awarded to a young Nordic researcher in chemistry every five years for outstanding research achievements.

Dr. Tuononen obtained his PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Jyväskylä in 2005. He has been an independent researcher at the Chemistry Department since 2008, funded primarily by the Academy of Finland. In 2008, Dr. Tuononen was appointed as an Adjunct Professor (docent) in computational inorganic chemistry at the University of Oulu. In 2011 he was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Jyväskylä. Dr. Tuononen has published 75 international peer-reviewed articles in the most respected chemistry journals such as the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Science and Nature Chemistry.

The research of Dr. Tuononen merges inorganic structural chemistry with computational chemistry, two areas of strength at the Department of Chemistry, University of Jyväskylä. The research is focused on the design and synthesis of new stable radicals, that is, molecules with unpaired electrons. Of special interest is the possible use of these systems in building new materials with interesting magnetic properties. Another focal area of research is the study of chemical reaction mechanisms with the tools of computational chemistry. The results from this research area are utilized in designing new enzyme-like catalysts to speed up chemical reactions.

For more information:

  • Academy Research Fellow, University Lecturer Heikki M. Tuononen, phone +358 40 805 3713, heikki.m.tuononen@jyu.fi, www.jyu.fi/mgc
  • Royal Physiographic Society in Lund – Academy for natural sciences, medicine and technology, www.fysiografen.se/sv/