Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering is part of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The research and teaching areas of the Department are Chemistry, Bioengineering, Environmental Engineering and Power Plant and Combustion Technology. The Department has three Professors of Chemistry (Chemistry, Bio-organic/Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry), three of Biotechnology (Environmental Biotechnology, Molecular Microbiology, Bioprocess Engineering), one of Chemi-mechanical Environmental Engineering and two of Power Plant and Combustion Technology. The Department strives towards greater excellence by employing highly motivated and talented personnel at all levels, promoting their personal and professional development, providing up-to-date research infrastructure and training, and implementing the joint research strategy.
The Department consists of three research groups that share the common long-term focus of developing new and sustainable concepts and processes for resource recovery and for the development of renewable energy harvesting technologies. This research is driven by the global scarcity of critical natural resources including energy, water and minerals, also reflecting the TUT research priority areas. The Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology group focuses on the sustainable utilization of natural resources, biological production of renewable energy carriers (hydrogen, alcohols, electricity, methane) and microbial biomass-based feedstocks for fuel. The research includes sustainable bioengineering for drinking water, metals and energy production, and bioremediation. The Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology Group has extensive international research co-operation including large multinational projects, as exemplified by an integrated EU BioMinE project (37 partners from Universities and Industry) and the eight-year Biohydrogen project (13 Nordic partner universities). During 2005-2010, the group has published 99 papers in refereed journals of which 67 are co-authored by international partners and 16 doctoral students have defended successfully.