Past Courses

Rice University

CHEM553 Named Reactions in Synthesis, Rice University (Spring 2020)

Co-lecturer with Prof. Kürti. The course covers the mechanisms and strategic applications of approximately 150 widely used named reactions in organic synthesis. Students will learn how to navigate and present chemical literature effectively using SciFinder, Reaxys, Google Scholar and ChemDraw, and will get the opportunity to prepare and give 10-minute presentations on 5 recently developed named reactions.

CHEM211/213 Organic Chemistry 1, Rice University (Spring 2019, Fall 2019)

Course instructor and discussion leader. Developed all new material for CHEM213 organic chemistry discussions. Instructed and supervised discussion sessions (5 sessions a week, 12 weeks) with 82 students altogether. Oversaw the teaching assistants. Implemented strategies to develop the student’s meta-cognitive skills and emotional control. Co-designed exams and quizzes with prof. László Kürti and delivered some of the lectures. Designed easy-to-handle and safe lecture demonstrations and presented them. Co-implemented the use of a new online TopHat system. Teaching rated 1/5 (outstanding).

University of Jyväskylä

Catalyst workshop, University of Jyväskylä (2018–)

Co-initiated and instructed a workshop for students to solve course assignments, work on essays, and write laboratory reports with the assistance of faculty members and most importantly, other students. The main purpose of workshop was to provide students with an easy and informal opportunity to ask help from various faculty members, as well as to bring students together.

KEM6: Advanced placement chemistry, Schildt high school and University of Jyväskylä (2018)

Co-developed and instructed an advanced level highschool course at the University of Jyväskylä. Synthesis of citronellal and related spectroscopic analyses.

KEMS555 Advanced organic chemistry labs: analysis, University of Jyväskylä (2014, 2015, 2016)

Developed and instructed an experiment analyzing ibuprofen using HPLC with a chiral stationary phase. Graded all student reports. Manuscript on the laboratory experiment is in preparation. Taught in English.

KEMS556 Advanced organic chemistry labs: synthesis, University of Jyväskylä (2014, 2015, 2016)

Instructed and coordinated air- and moisture-sensitive synthesis laboratory experiment. Graded all student reports. Gave the pyrophorics safety lecture mandatory for all students. Taught in English.

KEMS528 Physical organic chemistry, University of Jyväskylä (2014, 2016)

Taught problem sessions in graduate level organic chemistry course (10 and 6 students respectively). Applied and used problem based learning (PBL) in small groups. Taught in English.

KEMS526 Modern synthetic organic chemistry, University of Jyväskylä (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

Taught problem sessions in graduate level organic chemistry course (7, 14, 8, 7, 6 students respectively). Used two-stage small group projects in teaching synthesis planning. Composed and guided problem sets and helped students with their synthesis plans. The course has spurred several M.S. total synthesis projects. Taught in English.

KEMS541 Advanced organic chemistry, University of Jyväskylä (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Taught problem sessions in graduate level organic chemistry course (17, 19, 12 and 16 students respectively). Composed and guided problem sets, graded homework problems, developed and implemented online quizzes. Taught in English.

KEMA283 Organic chemistry 2, University of Jyväskylä (2015, 2016, 2017) 

Taught problem sessions and co-lectured undergraduate level organic chemistry course (59, 54 and 62 students respectively). A major overhaul of the course allowed shifting from functional group based teaching into mechanism based. Composed new problem sets and introduced lecture demonstrations to the course (Nylon, popcorn scent, aldol clock etc.).

KEMA200 Introduction to laboratory work, University of Jyväskylä (2014) 

Instructed the first-year laboratory course (a group of 12 students). Participated in renewing the laboratory handouts. Familiarized the students with laboratory safety, basic laboratory techniques and reporting.

MeTeLi Chemistry Course, Lappeenranta University of Technology (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Developed and taught a two-week intensive course in chemistry for high school students (41 altogether). Created all teaching material, coordinated laboratory work and graded reports. Familiarized the students with laboratory safety and basic laboratory techniques, including titration, distillation, suction filtration, IR-spectroscopy, and DFT calculations. The course was annually revised based on student feedback allowing experimenting with different teaching methods.

Additional Teaching Experience

I have worked as a substitute teacher of chemistry, mathematics and physics in high-schools and junior high-schools during my university studies for a total of 6 months.