Markku Leskela is a Professor of inorganic chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at University of Helsinki, Finland. His research activities are focused on thin films and other nanostructured materials made by various chemical methods (atomic layer deposition, electrodeposition and successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction) for various applications in micro- and optoelectronics. The studies include all stages in film growth from precursor synthesis to applications. His other research area is coordination compound catalysts and related metalorganic synthesis. The main emphasis in the catalyst research is in olefin polymerization and oxidation catalysts. The third, more recent research area comprises nanomaterials in preparation of which the thin film deposition and metalorganic synthesis techniques are combined. He has published over 460 peer-reviewed papers, 50 reviews, over 60 conference proceedings papers and holds several patents. He is an ISI Highly Cited researcher. He received his M.S. degree in 1974 and Ph.D. degree in 1980 from Helsinki University of Technology, both in inorganic chemistry. During 1980–1986, he worked as an Associate Professor in University of Oulu and during 1986–1990 as a Professor in University of Turku. Since 1990 he has hold the present position as a Professor of inorganic chemistry at University of Helsinki. During 2004–2009, he acts as Academy Professor. He has worked as a Visiting Scientist or a Professor in University of Utrecht (1983), University of Florida (1987-1988), and University of Paris VI (1999).
Biography Updated on 13 September 2007