Finnish Science Award to Professor Heli Jantunen

18 Jun 2019

Professor Heli Jantunen of the University of Oulu is the winner of the Finnish Science Award 2019. The award is granted by the Ministry of Education and Culture based on a proposal of the Academy of Finland. It was presented by Minister of Science and Culture Annika Saarikko during the Science Forum in Turku on Monday 17 June.

The Finnish Science Award is granted every second year to a Finland-based researcher or research group in recognition of significant scientific achievement. This year’s award is EUR 100,000. The Finnish Science Award was established in 1997, and this was the twelfth time the award ceremony was held during the Science Forum.

Professor Heli Jantunen has won international recognition for her trailblazing work on electroceramics. Her main focus is on electronics fabrication techniques and development of new radio frequency, sensor and electronics applications. The technique developed by Jantunen’s research group enables to fabricate ceramic components at room temperature and integrate them with temperature sensitive materials such as semiconductors and polymers.

Heli Jantunen (b. 1958) obtained a Doctor of Science in Technology degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Oulu in 2001. After extensive master’s studies during the 1980s, she worked in the industrial sector for ten years, but came back to the University of Oulu in 2004. She first worked as Head of Research Group of Infotech Oulu, until appointed as Professor in Technical Physics in 2006 and to her current position as Director of the Microelectronics Research Unit in 2008. In Heli Jantunen’s career science, applications and industry meet in a way that is both innovative and effective.

Professor Jantunen wishes to present her work as told by two of her researchers. On the video Mikko Nelo and Tuomo Siponkoski tell about the fabrication of electroceramics and how something new is created when an engineer and chemist team up together. By the technique developed by Jantunen electroceramics can be fabricated even at room temperature.

Watch the video at University of Oulu’s Youtube-channel.


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