Research projects

The focus of the research of Femto group:

Dynamic response of organic molecules

In the research project of the Academy of Finland, led by Prof. Edwin Kukk, we follow, in the femto and picosecond timescales, the dynamic response of organic molecules to the x-ray or UV radiation. The purpose is to understand the nature of these omnipresent processes at a fundamental level, and at the same time to obtain insight into their practical consequences, such as the deterioration of materials under the influence of radiation (light). For more information, contact Prof. Edwin Kukk.

Statistical analysis of core-level spectra
Owing to localization of the core-hole, X-ray-induced processes become sensitive to the atomistic local environment of the active atomic site. This allows for a unique view on systems with large variation of structure: liquids and amorphous matter. In this project we are investigating structural information content of core-level spectra. For more information, contact Dr. Johannes Niskanen.

Molecular mechanisms of radiosensitizers used in cancer therapy

In Prof. Edwin Kukk’s project we study what kind of molecular-level mechanisms are at play when the so-called radiosensitizer-molecules are used in cancer therapy. One of the goals here is to find new, more efficient molecular compounds. For more information, contact Prof. Edwin Kukk or Johannes Niskanen.

Iron-chromium alloys

Iron-chromium alloys are the base components of various stainless steel grades and thus modify properties of steel materials. In order to fully exploit stainless steel in technological applications, a detailed understanding of material is needed. For more information, contact Dr. Sari Granroth.

Research-business co-operation

Using state-of-art surface characterization equipment (SEM and XPS), we carry out an active applied research program for external users, from small startups to large industrial companies. For more information, contact Dr. Sari Granroth.