Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Tampere (UTA) were merged on 1 January 2019 into new multidisciplinary foundation-based Tampere University (TAU). TUT has been a pioneer in technology transfer and an acknowledged cooperation partner among the scientific community and business life. TUT has a 50-year track-record in collaborative research with the industry. UTA is known as multidisciplinary university focused on teaching and research in fields of society and health. Together TUT and UTA have now created Finland’s second-largest university, which priority areas are technology, health and society. Tampere University Foundation that operates as Tampere University is also the majority shareholder of Tampere University of Applied Sciences. This new higher education community in Tampere consists of 30,000 students, 330 professors and 4,400 employees. Annually, TAU allocates some 10 M€ for doctoral education. Doctoral training takes place in the University’s doctoral programmes of respective seven academic faculties. Special attention in Doctoral training is paid to internationality and methodological, working life and researcher skills. For example, the “Doctoral School of Industry Innovations” utilizes innovation platforms and brings together the Tampere region innovation capabilities.

Prof. Nikolai Tkachenko is the leader of Chemistry and Advanced Materials (CAM) Group at the Laboratory of Chemistry and Bioengineering. He has more than two decades of expertise in photophysics and photochemistry of complex molecular systems, semiconductors, and hybrid organic-semiconductor nanostructures.  He has authored a book on optical spectroscopy, co-authored more than 250 peer-review papers (h-index 40) and 7 book chapters. He has supervised 11 doctoral theses.