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Work

I'm working at Murata Electronics Oy as product quality specialist. I've only just started, so I don't know too much about the job yet.

Previously, I was an applications development engineer at AdaptaMat Oy, a company specializing in Ni–Mn–Ga magnetic shape memory (MSM) alloy. My job included development of demonstrator prototypes of MSM applications (e.g. actuators, position sensors, vibration energy harvesters), their control electronics, as well as some custom process equipment for our production facility.

Prior to AdaptaMat, I worked at the Helsinki University of Technology (initially called HUT, later TKK, now A"alto U?niversity) for 13 years. I worked at the Laboratory of Electron Physics, the Microfabrication Centre, and the Department of Micro- and Nanosciences' Microfabrication Group as a research scientist and maintaining a variety of lab equipment (e.g. electron microscopes, optical mask aligners, evaporators, wafer dicing saw, electroplater, etc).

Studies

I studied chemistry at the Helsinki University of Technology, but a summer job I got at the Laboratory of Electron Physics diverted me from Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry (my major and minor subjects) into the field of Semiconductor Technology and Microfabrication. My M.Sc. thesis was on liquid phase deposition of silicon dioxide thin films, and for my Ph.D. thesis I defected from Chemistry into the Electrical department, although the thesis dealt with chemical sensors (semiconductor gas sensors and hot-electron electrochemiluminescent devices).

Before university, I have studied at the following schools: Kimokujan koulu, Hakunilanrinteen ala-aste, Burnside Primary School (Adelaide, Australia), Carnarvon Community School (Vancouver, Canada), Hakunilan yläaste, Bloomington High School South (Bloomington, Indiana, USA), and Sotungin lukio.

Publications

International journals

A. J. Niskanen, I. Laitinen, Design and simulation of a magnetic shape memory (MSM) alloy energy harvester, Adv. Sci. Technol., 78 (2013), 58–62.

T. Ylinen-Hinkka, A. J. Niskanen, S. Franssila, S. Kulmala, Immunoassay of C-reactive protein by hot electron induced electrochemiluminescence using integrated electrodes with hydrophobic sample confinement, Anal. Chim. Acta, 702 (2011), 45–49.

A. J. Niskanen, T. Ylinen-Hinkka, S. Kulmala, S. Franssila, Integrated microelectrode hot electron electrochemiluminescent sensor for microfluidic applications, Sens. Actuators B, 152 (2011), 56–62.

A. J. Niskanen, T. Ylinen-Hinkka, M. Pusa, S. Kulmala, S. Franssila, Deposited dielectrics on metal thin films using silicon and glass substrates for hot electron electrochemiluminescence, Thin Solid Films, 519 (2010), 430–433.

A. J. Niskanen, A. Varpula, M. Utriainen, D. C. Cameron, S. Novikov, V.-M. Airaksinen, J. Sinkkonen, S. Franssila, Atomic layer deposition of tin dioxide sensing film in microhotplate gas sensors, Sens. Actuators B, 148 (2010), 227–232.

A. J. Niskanen, T. Ylinen-Hinkka, S. Kulmala, S. Franssila, Ultrathin tunnel insulator films on silicon for electrochemiluminescence studies, Thin Solid Films, 517 (2009), 5779–5782.

Q. Jiang, H. Ketamo, A. J. Niskanen, J. Suomi, M. Håkansson, S. Kulmala, Effects of thermal oxidation conditions of silicon electrodes on cathodic electrochemiluminescence of Ru(bpy)2+3 chelate, Electrochim. Acta, 51 (2006), 3332–3337.

M. Håkansson, M. Helin, M. Putkonen, Q. Jiang, M. Kotiranta, J. Suomi, A. J. Niskanen, T. Ala-Kleme, S. Kulmala, Electrochemiluminescence of Tb(III) chelates at optically transparent tunnel emission electrodes fabricated by atomic layer deposition, Anal. Chim. Acta, 541 (2005), 137–141.

Q. Jiang, J. Suomi, M. Håkansson, A. J. Niskanen, M. Kotiranta, S. Kulmala, Cathodic electrogenerated chemiluminescence of Ru(bpy)2+3 chelate at oxide-coated heavily doped silicon electrodes, Anal. Chim. Acta, 541 (2005), 159–165.

J. Suomi, M. Håkansson, Q. Jiang, M. Kotiranta, M. Helin, A. J. Niskanen, S. Kulmala, Time-resolved detection of electrochemiluminescence of luminol, Anal. Chim. Acta, 541 (2005), 167–169.

M. Håkansson, Q. Jiang, M. Helin, M. Putkonen, A. J. Niskanen, S. Pahlberg, T. Ala-Kleme, L. Heikkilä, J. Suomi, S. Kulmala, Cathodic Tb(III) chelate electrochemiluminescence at oxide-covered magnesium and n-ZnO:Al/MgO composite electrodes, Electrochim. Acta, 51 (2005), 289–296.

K. Grigoras, A. J. Niskanen, S. Franssila, Plasma etched initial pits for electrochemically etched macroporous silicon structures, J. Micromech. Microeng., 11 (2001), 371–375.

A. J. Niskanen, S. Franssila, Submicron image reversal by liquid phase deposition of oxide, Microelectron. Eng., 57–58 (2001), 629–632.



Conference papers

K. Korpiola, A. Niskanen, L. Straka, O. Heczko, A. Sozinov, Performance of foil actuator based on magnetic shape memory alloy, ACTUATOR 2014, 14th International Conference on New Actuators, Bremen, Germany, June 23.–25., 2014, accepted.

A. J. Niskanen, Proportional Control and Self-Sensing in a Magnetic Shape Memory (MSM) Alloy Actuator, ICFSMA 2013, Fourth International Conference on Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloys, Boise, Idaho, USA, June 3.–7., 2013.

K. Korpiola, A. Sozinov, A. J. Niskanen, J. Perento, NiMnGa MSM element deformation velocity on pulsed and saturated magnetic field, ICFSMA 2013, Fourth International Conference on Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloys, Boise, Idaho, USA, June 3.–7., 2013.

A. J. Niskanen, A. Soroka, Vibration Energy Harvesting with a Magnetic Shape Memory (MSM) Alloy Harvester, Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe, Berlin, Germany, April 17.–18., 2013.

A. J. Niskanen, A. Soroka, Proportional Control and Self-Sensing in a Magnetic Shape Memory (MSM) Alloy Actuator, ACTUATOR 2012, 13th International Conference on New Actuators, Bremen, Germany, June 18.–20., 2012.

A. J. Niskanen, I. Laitinen, Design and Simulation of a Magnetic Shape Memory (MSM) Alloy Energy Harvester, CIMTEC 2012, 4th International Conference on Smart Materials, Structures and Systems, Montecatini Terme, Italy, June 10.–14., 2012.

A. J. Niskanen, A. Soroka, Proportional Control and Self-Sensing in a Magnetic Shape Memory (MSM) Alloy Actuator, Technischer Einsatz Neuer Aktoren mit Smart Materials, Munich, Germany, May 14.–15., 2012, accepted.

A. J. Niskanen, Ni-Mn-Ga Magnetic Shape Memory (MSM) Alloy and its Applications in Energy Harvesting, ST WW Energy Harvesting Council, Rousset, France, November 30. – December 1., 2011.

A. J. Niskanen, I. Laitinen, Design and simulation of a magnetic shape memory (MSM) alloy energy harvester, 6th Nordic Magnetic Conference, Pori, Finland, October 4.–5., 2011.

T. Ylinen-Hinkka, A. J. Niskanen, S. Franssila, S. Kulmala, Determination of C-reactive protein by hot electron induced electrochemiluminescence on integrated electrode chips, 38th FACSS Meeting, Reno, Nevada, USA, October 2.–7., 2011.

D. Chicherin, M. Sterner, J. Oberhammer, S. Dudorov, D. Lioubtchenko, A. J. Niskanen, V. Ovchinnikov, A. V. Räisänen, MEMS based high-impedance surface for millimetre wave dielectric rod waveguide phase shifter, 2010 European Microwave Week, Paris, France, September 26. – October 1., 2010.

T. Ylinen-Hinkka, A. J. Niskanen, S. Franssila, T. Ala-Kleme, S. Kulmala, Disposable electrochemiluminescence sensors of bacterial spores, 214th ECS Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii 2008, October 12.–17., 2008.

T. Ylinen-Hinkka, A. J. Niskanen, S. Franssila, S. Kulmala, T. Ala-Kleme, Detection of bacterial spores on the basis of electrochemiluminescence, ISLS 2008: XIII th International Symposium on Luminescence Spectrometry, Bologna, Italy, September 7.–11., 2008.

A. J. Niskanen, T. Ylinen, M. Håkansson, J. Suomi, T. Ala-Kleme, S. Kulmala, S. Franssila, Miniature tunnel oxide electrodes on silicon for aqueous hot electron electrochemistry and electrochemiluminescence studies, Transducers & Eurosensors '07, Lyon, France, June 10.–14., 2007.

S. Tuomikoski, A. J. Niskanen, Preparation of porous n-type silicon sample plates for desorption/ionization spectrometry, NanoTech 2001, Montreux, Switzerland, November 27.–29., 2001.

K. Grigoras, A. J. Niskanen, S. Franssila, Deep silicon structures by electrochemical etching, MME'00 Micromechanics Europe, Uppsala, Sweden, October 1.–3., 2000.

A. J. Niskanen, S. Franssila, Submicron image reversal by liquid phase deposition of oxide, MNE-2000 Micro and Nano Engineering, Jena, Germany, September 18.–21., 2000.



Patents and patent applications

Antti Niskanen, Aleksandr Soroka, Jukka Perento, A method for sensing and controlling the strain induced in a magnetic shape memory alloy element and a magnetic shape memory alloy actuator and sensor, FI20116196, WO2013079794, 2013.

Kari Korpiola, Antti Niskanen, Jukka Perento, Method of determining the compatibility of two components, FI20115925, WO2013041772, 2013.

Sakari Kulmala, Antti Niskanen, Tiina Ylinen-Hinkka, Sami Franssila, Tarkat integroidut edulliset elektrodisirut point-of-need -analyysiä varten ja käyttömenetelmä kuumissa elektronien indusoimissa elektrokemiluminesenssijärjestelmissä (sic), FI20100251, 2012.

Samuli Franssila, Sakari Kulmala, Antti Niskanen, Tiina Ylinen-Hinkka, Accurate integrated low-cost electrode chips for point-of-need analysis and a method of utilization in hot electron-induced electrochemiluminescent systems, WO2011154589, 2011.

Sakari Kulmala, Antti Niskanen, Aija Kulmala, Kari Loikas, Matti Pusa, Low-cost electrode chip variants and methods for multianalyte analysis and referencing based on cathodic electroluminescence, WO2011154591, 2011.



Magazine articles

On modifying miniature video cameras, in the magazine of the Finnish Astronautical Society (SATS): Antti J. Niskanen, MD80/MiniDV-kameran modifiointi rakettikäyttöön, Avaruusluotain, 1/2012 (vol. 47), 14–15.

On lithium polymer batteries, in a Finnish amateur radio magazine: Antti J. Niskanen, Litium-akusto Yaesu FT-897:ään, Radioamatööri, 12/2011, 13–15.

On energy harvesting, in a Finnish technology magazine: Mika Inkinen, Mikko Jääskeläinen, Manu Myry, Antti Niskanen, Martti Paju, Jukka Perento, Pekka Ruuskanen, Kim Schlesier, Jukka Vanhala, Timo Vuorela, Energiaa ympäristöstä erikoismuuntimin — Käyttövoimaa liikkeestä ja värähtelystä, Prosessori, 11–12/2011, 46–48.

On realtime rocket telemetry, in the magazine of the Finnish Astronautical Society (SATS): Timo Toivanen, Antti J. Niskanen, Iso-Haisun reaaliaikainen telemetria, Avaruusluotain, 3/2011 (vol. 46), 6–7.

On my trip to Australia, in the Astronomical Society of Western Australia's magazine: Antti J. Niskanen, Antti Down Under, The Sidereal Times, 6/2007 (vol. 57), 9.

On model rockets, in a Finnish astronomy magazine: Mikko Suominen, Antti J. Niskanen, Supikoira tähtää Suomen taivaalle, Tähdet ja avaruus, 4/2005, 52–55.

On model rockets, in a Finnish model hobby magazine: Antti J. Niskanen, Iti kato laketti!, Pienoismalli, 7/2005, 52–54.



Other publications

Doctoral thesis: Antti J. Niskanen, Thin film technology for chemical sensors, Aalto University, 2011. Available online at http://lib.tkk.fi/Diss/2012/isbn9789526044514/.

Master's thesis: Antti J. Niskanen, Liquid phase deposition of silicon dioxide thin films, Helsinki University of Technology, 2002. Available online at http://iki.fi/uuki/dl/di.pdf.


Antti J. Niskanen <uuki@iki.fi>