Aalto University, Espoo, Finland


Matti H. Tikkanen was born on November 28, 1915, in Turku, Finland. He was a Finnish technical researcher and professor, with great research interests in the corrosion of metals and study of densification processes of metallic powders during Sintering. Professor Tikkanen obtained his Engineering diploma from the Turku Academy, got his master's degree in engineering from Åbo Akademi University in 1938, and became a Doctor of Technology at the Helsinki University of Technology in 1948.  He was appointed Professor of Process Metallurgy at the Faculty of Engineering in Helsinki Finland in 1949. Prof. Tikkanen worked as an engineer at the State Aircraft Factory in Tampere from 1940 - 1945, professor of metallurgy at the Helsinki University of Technology from 1949 to 1978, and director of the metallurgical laboratory at the State Technical Research Institute from 1949 to 1961.  Prof. Tikkanen was the head of the metallurgical laboratory at the State Technical Research Institute 1946 – 1961. Prof. Tikkanen was a member of the following professional societies: MPA (USA), AID (USA), ACS (USA),  Metallografforbundet (Sweden), Permanent Council for the World Congress on Metallic Corrosion, and the member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Powder Metallurgy and also of the Journal Physics of Sintering. In his research, he concentrates on the following problems: chemistry of solids, slag investigations, hydrometallurgy, powder metallurgy and ceramics, corrosion, the theory of sintering, melting problems, carbides, and oxides. He wrote hundreds of scientific articles and was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm in 1959. He passed away on January 9, 1994, in Espoo, Finland.