• 1986 Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Åbo Akademi University (AAU) (www.abo.fi)
    Doctoral thesis: “Modelling and simulation of chemical reactions: a mechanistic point of view”
    Major subject:Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • 1984 Lic.Tech., Chemical Engineering, AAU
  • 1980 M.Sc., Chemical Engineering, AAU
  • 1990 Title of Docent in Chemical Reaction Engineering, AAU, 1990

Competent for Full Professorships in General Chemical Technology (AAU, 1990), Industrial Chemistry (AAU, 1991), Chemical Reaction Engineering (University of Lund, 1997), Chemical Reaction Engineering (AAU, 1997)



Courses in English language and Numerical methods in physics (University of Turku, in 1980’s); courses in Essay writing at Oriveden Opisto (2002-2013)


Language skills: Finnish and Swedish native (Finnish state Exam of complete skills in Finnish and Swedish), German (7 years at school), English (daily working language, studies at Turku university, pro excercitio), French (three years at school, a hobby), Danish (autodidact, post-doc research visit to Denmark) and Estonian (autodidact, part-time Estonian resident)


  • 2009 -2013 Academy Professor, appointed by Academy of Finland, highest scientific   position in Finland
  • 2000 - Head of Laboratory, Industrial Chemistry and Reaction Engineering, 
  • 1998 - Professor, Chemical Reaction Engineering, AAU


  • 1998-1999 Senior Scientist, Academy of Finland
  • 1991-1997 Associate Professor, Industrial Chemistry, AAU
  • 1989-1991 Associate Professor (acting), Industrial Chemistry, AAU
  • 1987-1991 Senior Assistant, Industrial Chemistry, AAU
  • 1984-1987 Assistant, Industrial Chemistry, AAU
  • 1983-1985 Teacher, Mathematics, AAU
  • 1983-1984 Researcher, Neste Oy Foundation

Research visits abroad

  • Guest researcher, Instituttet for kemiteknik, Danmarks tekniske höjskole, Lyngby (at John Villadsen)
  • Study visit to USA, Engelhard Laboratory, University of Houston, Texas A&M University, Shell Research Center (Houston)
  • Guest researcher, Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (at P. Schneider)
  • Study visit to USA och Canada, University of California, Davis; Northwestern University, Evanston, Queen's University, Kingston; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Shorter research visits to France, Germany and Portugal


  • Project funding granted from 2003 onwards approximately 10 Million €.

Main funding (main author of the research plan):

  • Continuous, intensified production of chemicals”, funding from Academy of Finland (the research agency of Finland) for five years (1.1.2009-31.12.2013), approved full-cost model budget 1082k € (incl. 19% own funding).
  • “Multiscale modelling of chemical processes” funding from Academy of Finland (the research agency of Finland) for four years (1.9.2010-31.8.2014), approved full-cost model budget 405k € (incl. 19% own funding).  Collaboration project between two universities and VTT (State research centre of Finland).

Supervisor of50 doctoral thesesduring 1994-2014 : Several theses have obtained national and international prizes and awards (J. Romanainen, LP. Lindfors, S. Toppinen, J. Lehtonen, E. Toukoniitty, P. Mäki-Arvela, A. Bernas, D. Kubicka, H.Grenman).  Supervisor of 24 licentiate theses and about 70 master’s theses. Currently supervisor of the following doctoral theses: Cesar DeAraujo Filho,  Andrea Perez Nebreda, Steliana Aldea, Daniel Valtakari,  Jussi Rissanen, Ewelina Leino,  Farhan Saleem, Nemenja Vucetic, Viktor Shumilov, Erfan Behravesh,  Anna Sundquist

Supervisor of following post-docs Currently supervisor of post-docs: Pasi Tolvanen, Pierdomenico Biasi, Nicola Gemo, Atte Aho, Andreas Bernas, Olatunde Jogunola, Sabrina Schmidt, Sifontes, Henrik Grénman, Toni Riittonen


  • Teacher in chemical reaction engineering and industrial chemistry at AAU since 1981. 
  • Teaching experience from abroad: teacher within the framework of Erasmus co-operation at INSA Rouen, Universita di Padova and National Technical university of Athens, Universidad Valladolid (typically intensive courses for post-docs)
  • Teacher of the following courses: Chemical reaction engineering (homogeneous reactors), non-ideal reactor systems (residence time distributions, flow patterns), Industrial reactors (mainly heterogeneous reactors), Computer-aided chemical reaction engineering (CACRE, postgraduate course), chemical kinetics (mainly postgraduate course). Author of about 10 pedagocic texts. 
  • Main author of the textbook: Salmi, T., Warna, J., Mikkola, J-P., Chemical Reaction Engineering and Reactor Technology, 2010, 644 p., CRC Press, Florida 


  • Magnus Ehrnrooth Prize for research in chemistry, 2011 (granted by Societas Scientiarum Fennica – Finnish Society of Science and Letters). This national prize is given every third year for excellent research in chemistry (17000 euro).
  • Congress Prize of the City Turku/Åbo, 2007 (for the Europacat VIII conference, 1500 participants)
  • Chancellor’s Prize of Åbo Akademi University for best research leader 2013
  • White rose knighthood, 1st class, granted by President of the Republic, 2009
  • Granted the Yellow Rose by Åbo Akademi University Student Union, 2013
  • Member of Societas Scientiarum Fennica (Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters) 2006-
  • Member of Finnish Academy of Sciences, 2012-


  • Referee (approx. 350 times) for various international journals in chemical engineering and catalysis (e.g. Chem. Engng Sci, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., J. Catal., Catal. Today, Chem. Engng Proc.)
  • Evaluator of research projects and programmes in Switzerland, Portugal, The Netherlands and Czech Republic
  • Evaluator of docentships and professorships in Finland  and Sweden (A. Vuori, T. Koiranen, M. Louhi-Kultanen, A. Laari, P. Koukkari, K. Engvall (KTH, Sweden, Toni Kinnunen)
  • Reviewer and opponent for 18 doctoral theses in Finland and abroad (Riitta Keiski, Pekka Oinas, Satu Sundqvist, Claudio Botar-Jid, Tanja Kolli, Lennart Andersson, G.K. Gandhi, Katja Lappalainen, Carla Pereira, Ilkka Malinen, Anders Theilgaard Madsen, Myankkumar Shah, Ernesto Altman, Fatimeh Ebrahimi, Stefan Haase, Ricardo Abejon Elias, Irene Huerta, Robert Langsch, Ana Obradovic)
  • Jury member in the evaluation of the habilitation of Dr Carine Julcour-Lebique (Toulouse)
  • Scientific committee member, CHISA2008, ECCE2010, CAMURE&ISMR 2011, CHISA 2012, CHISA 2014, ISCRE2012, ISCRE2014, CAMURE&ISMR 2014, ESCRE2015 
  • Organizer of the largest event in catalysis in Europe, EUROPACATVIII (2007), more than 1500 participants
  • Board member of Tekniska Föreningen i Finland 2006-2008
  • Board member of Raisio Research Foundation, 2005-
  • Member of the scientific committees and advisory boards of numerous conferences (e.g. Nordic Symposium on Catalysis, International Congress on Catalysis, Dynamics in catalytic systems (CHISA), Catalysis in multiphase reactors, World congress in chemical engineering 2005, Catalysis and multiphase reactors (2011), International Symposium onChemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE) 2012)
  • Member of Scientific Board of the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals, Czech Academy of Sciences, 2004-
  • Finnish Catalysis Society, Board member 1991-95, 1999-2002, 2013-2015 (chairman 93-95, 99-02)
  • Member of Nordic Board of Catalysis 1992-02, Chairman 96-98
  • Member in the working party of European Federation of Chemical Engineering, 'Chemical Reaction Engineering', 1996-
  • Member in the working party of European Federation of Chemical Engineering, 'Chemical Engineering in the Applications of Catalysis', 1991-
  • Member of Scientific Board of the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals, Czech Academy of Sciences, 2004-
  • Steering group member of Helmholtz-Allianz for Energy-efficient three-phase reactor systems 2012-
  • TU Delft Process Technology Institute (DPTI) – Member of International Programme Committee 2012-
  • Honorary member of Czech Society of Chemical Engineering 2014-


  • 2007- Chairman, National Committee for Selection of Students to Technical Universities and Faculties in Finland
  • 2000- Head of Laboratory, Industrial Chemistry and Reaction Engineering, AAU
  • 2000-2011 Board member, Process Chemistry Centre, AAU, National Centre of Excellence (Academy of Finland)
  • 2003-2009 Board member, University board, AAU
  • 2003-2005 Dean, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, AAU
  • 1989-2005 Faculty member, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, AAU (1989-1990, 1992-193, 1996-1998, 2000-2005)

Invited and plenary lectures

Plenary and invited lectures in the following conferences: Catalysis in Multiphase Reactors (Toulouse), CHISA (Prague), Croatian Conference on Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (Split), Dutch Conference on Catalysis and Chemical Engineering (Nordwijkerhout), Slovak conference eon Chemical Engineering (Vysoke Tatry), ERA-Chemistry – Chemistry under extreme conditions (Roscoff, France), European Congress on Chemical Engineering (ECCE)


Articles: No. of publications: 432 (Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge), Average citations per item: 12.28, h-index: 36 (August 2014)

Books: Author of two textbooks and several book chapters

Conference abstracts: Around 540 conference abstracts

Patents: Co-inventor of four patents

Popular articles and books

Tens of popular articles in Swedish and Finnish about science, science policy, science history and societal issues

Co-author of an essay collection ‘On the other hand’ (in Finnish)



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