Päivi Mäki-Arvela received the D.Tech. degree in chemical engineering in 1994 at Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. Her current position is senior researcher and an academy lecturer. Dr. Mäki-Arvela has been supervising more than 20 doctoral theses. Her main research areas are catalytic three-phase reactions, especially transformations of renewable raw materials to valuable products using homogeneous, heterogeneous, and enzyme catalysts as well as applications for ionic liquids, such as wood dissolution and CO2 capture. In her research, the application of different reactor systems, both batchwise and continuous operations as well as catalyst deactivation, are of interest. Dr. Mäki-Arvela is an author of more than 160 peer review publications including four review papers in the field of wood dissolution with ionic liquids and transformation of wood biomass to fine and specialty chemicals. Furthermore, she is an author of several conference publications and patents. Her research has been acknowledged by several research and patent prizes. Dr Mäki-Arvela’s recent research topics have been wood dissolution and CO2 capture with ionic liquids, fatty acid decarboxylation for biodiesel production, sitosterol hydrogenation, linoleic acid hydrogenation, hydrolysis of hemicelluloses, sugar oxidation, isomerisation of linoleic acid, starch oxidation and catalytic transformations of tall oil fatty acids and tall oil rosin. Dr. Mäki-Arvela has been the President of the Nordic Catalysis Society and is currently the President of Finnish Catalysis Society.
Biography Updated on 17 March 2011