Fine Particle Forum Award

Fine Particle Forum Award will be granted to a company, organization or person, who has applied the fine particle research to socially or technically and economically important subject or has been active in promoting and significantly improving the visibility of the fine particle field in addition to being an active influence in the society.

Previously honored with the Fine particle forum Award:
2006 Tulikivi Oyj
2007 docent Raimo O. Salonen
2008 Finnish Meteorological Institute
2009  Markku Rajala 
2010 University of Helsinki, Prof. Markku Kulmala and Tampere University of Technology, Prof. Jorma Keskinen
2011 Prof. Kaarle Hämeri


Fine particle forum award vase
Fine particle forum award is a glass vase designed by designer Markus Eerola and blown by glassblower Kari Alakoski. The vases has been fabricated at the student forge of Nuutajärvi glass village by Markus Eerola in collaboration with one of the founding members of Fine particle forum Juha Tikkanen and Tampere University of Technology (TUT) researchers professor Jyrki Mäkelä and M. Sc. (Tech.) Mikko Aromaa.

These unique pieces of art are colored by using liquid flame spray (LFS) technology that has been developed in the 90’s in a collaboration between Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and University of Art and Design Helsinki (TaiK) in a joint research project initiated by Markku Rajala. The LFS technology is based on liquid starting materials that react in a flame and form particles with sizes in the range of nanometers. The particles diffuse into the glass and generate a color that is typical to the element (red is gold, blue is  cobalt oxide and yellow is silver nanoparticles).

The liquid flame spray technology allows the fabrication of ceramic, metal-oxide, single component and composite nanoparticles and in the case of noble metals also pure elemental metal particles. The same technique can also be used in coating in a more general way: A thin layer or mesh of nanoparticles can be deposited on a surface by transporting the surface through or past a flame. The materials that can be coated are for example ceramic tiles and glazings, silicon wafers and even paper. The nanoparticles can also be collected as powder or as a suspension in liquid phase for further use.
The LFS technology has also been called DND (Direct Nanoparticle Deposition), nHALO (Hot Aerosol Layering Operation) and nCOLOR.



Figure: Award vases 2010


For more information see e.g.:
Markus Eerola, Ateljee Sikala:
Jyrki Mäkelä, TTY (jyrki dot makela at tut dot fi)