Vesa-Pekka Lehto

Professor, Laboratory Director, Ph.D.

Prof. Lehto obtained his M.Sc. in 1993, Lic.Phil. in 1996 and Ph.D. in 1999, in Department of Physics, University of Turku, Finland, where he led a research group for the years 2004-2008. He has held the position of full professor in Material Physics at University of Eastern Finland (UEF) since 2008.  He has also worked as a senior scientist in the discovery group of Focus Inhalation Ltd in 2002-2003.

His main research interests include physicochemical characterization of pharmaceuticals and especially disordered solid materials, with a special emphasis on mesoporous silicon micro- and nanoparticles. These nanostructured materials are being developed for three specific applications: i) Multifunctional drug delivery systems, ii) Anode materials for Li-ion batteries, and iii) Adsorbents of metal ions especially for dilute aqueous solutions.  He is the leader of Pharmaceutical Physics research group in Department of Applied Physics at UEF. He is also leading one of the emerging research fields "Aquatic research in changing world" included in the strategy of the University of Eastern Finland.  He has published more than 170 refereed articles, his h-index is 37 and the total number of citations is >4500 (WoS). He is the chairman of the Finnish Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry Association (FinTAC), treasurer of the International Confederation for Thermal Analysis (ICTAC) and he has chaired the ESTAC-11 conference in 2014.

His teaching experience includes courses in Thermal Analysis, X-Ray Diffraction, Characterization Methods of Materials, and Nanoparticle Technology.

Research interests:

  • Development of nanoporous drug carriers  

  • Development of nanostructured silicon for metal adsorption

  • Development of anode material based on nanostructured silicon for Li-ion battery

  • Disordered structures in pharmaceuticals

  • Physicochemical characterization of pharmaceuticals (XRPD, thermal analysis, calorimetry, gas adsorption, spectroscopic methods etc.)


Phone: +358 40 355 2470

Room: Me/231 

Mailing address:

Yliopistoranta 1 F
PL 1627
70210 Kuopio
Department of Applied Physics
University of Eastern Finland
Kuopio campus

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