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Puukilainen Esa and Johanna.

Esa and Johanna Puukilainen

Studying chemistry is a genuine opportunity to solve major challenges

The work of a chemist is to solve global problems and to develop new innovations. At its best, the work is a combination of one’s own interests, such as teaching and cross-country skiing.

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According to chemistry alumni Johanna and Esa Puukilainen, studying chemistry is a genuine opportunity to solve major challenges, such as climate change. The development of society and the world has been rapid. The planet’s population is growing, and natural resources are depleting, which means that more effective solutions must be found.

“Chemistry is connected to all of this,” the Puukilainens says.

“By studying chemistry, and especially by acquiring a dual qualification, one can ensure one’s employment opportunities in the midst of global challenges. I myself am a good example of this,” says Johanna Puukilainen, who is both a qualified chemist and a teacher.

“The work of a chemist is not just about solving problems. You can incorporate your own interests into your career, which is one of the strengths of chemistry,” says Esa Puukilainen, CEO of the ski industry company Vauhti Speed Ltd.

“The company’s activities encompass the chemical industry and ski wax manufacturing. Recently, we have also begun to import and distribute Fischer’s ski equipment.”

The Puukilainens’ story together dates back to the early 1990s.

“We met at the chemistry department. We are one of the many living examples of how chemistry unites people,” they say.

When it comes to ski sports, Finland is a traditional, but small country.

Esa Puukilainen

CEO, Vauhti Speed


New innovations are constantly sought, and if there's a solution, us chemists will find it.

Mika Suvanto

Head of the Department of Chemistry, Professor