Research assistant Peppi Toukola

I work as a research assistant at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Helsinki. I came across a job advertisement for the BioColour project while completing my master’s studies in chemistry. I hadn’t started looking for a job yet, but I had to apply for this position.

Before my chemistry studies, I was an art conservator and very interested in the chemistry of art materials and colours and their research. In order to gain a more in-depth knowledge of cultural-historical materials I started studying chemistry. As my studies progressed, I became more and more interested in analytical and organic chemistry.

In my free time, I enjoy being in nature, but also on my sofa. I’ve dabbled a bit in plant dyeing wool yarn, although I’m not much of a knitter.

My tasks in the project have been versatile. They have included everything from instrumental analysis to industrial scale dyeing. The best thing about this job is the variability, and the hardest thing is not to start new tasks before the previous ones have been completed.