University of Oulu

Key persons: Dr. Adama Marie Sesay

General description

The University of Oulu, founded 1958, is one of the largest universities in Finland. The University promotes well-being and education in Northern Finland and is a significant player in the Finnish and European research based system of innovation and education.  The University encompasses eight fields of study: Humanities, Education, Economics and Business, Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Health Sciences, and Technology. In all, more than 70 different specialist disciplines are represented. The fields of information technology, biotechnology, northern and environmental issues are special research focus areas.  In 2011, the University of Oulu opened the Unit of Measurement Technology (CEMIS-Oulu). It was created from of the merger of the Laboratory of Biotechnology and the Measurement and Sensor Laboratory. The unit possesses produces and makes available knowledge and skills in the fields of analytical chemistry and bioanalytics with a focus on biosensor technology development, optical spectroscopy and imaging measurements. The key application field areas are in wellbeing, environmental and clinical monitoring and mining, food and forest industry (inc. chemical/mechanical paper industry and wood processing). The unit has state-of-art facilities and research environment and expert personnel. The personnel have backgrounds in various branches of natural sciences, biotechnology and engineering creating a multidisciplinary group of scientists.


Investigation of different mediators and development of analytical biosensing methodologies for the electrochemical detection of ketones in complex process sample matrices.

Key competences and facilities

Analytical chemistry, Molecular and cellular biology, microbiology and bio-analytical techniques (inc. optical and electrochemical biosensor development). HPLC, GC, Flow cytometery, Capillary electrophoresis, Optical spectroscopy (Vis/UV/Fluor), electrochemistry, Surface plasmon resonance (SPR), quartz crystal microbalance,  CO2 laser.