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Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

The unique competitive edge of the department is based on sustainable utilization of raw materials, designing more efficient processes and developing new materials and products. Our department’s areas of expertise enable sustainable future with high performance products and processes in circular economy and bioeconomy.

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering / research

Research

The department is in a key position in research of chemical engineering, materials technology, metals processing, efficient energy technologies and digitalization of these.

Our core competences include unit operations and processes in chemical engineering, hydro- and pyro-metallurgy, catalyst and polymeric materials, novel catalytic process, process control and process systems engineering.

Our research groups:

Chemical engineering

Group, led by Prof. Ville Alopaeus, has a strong tradition in practical industrial collaboration.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Materials Processing and Powder Metallurgy

Group, led by Prof Michael Gasik, carries out highly international studies in materials processing, powder metallurgy, new materials solutions and their processing phenomena computer and experimental modelling.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Metallurgy

Prof. Ari Jokilaakso's Metallurgy group activities cover a large area from the life span of a metal product.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Hydrometallurgy and Corrosion (Hydro)

The research group HYRDRO, led by Prof. Mari Lundström, applies hydrometallurgical and electrochemical means for the recovery of metals and precious materials, development of electrolysis processes, study of corrosion properties and development of new materials from secondary raw materials.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Plant design

Group led by Prof. Pekka Oinas combines fundamental chemical engineering principles with systems engineering approaches to develop methods and computer-aided tools that are applicable in all areas of chemical process industry.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Polymer Technology

Professor Jukka Seppälä leads the Research Group of Polymer Technology that focuses on teaching and research related to synthesis and characterization of novel polymers.

Tensile testing polymer samples

Process Control and Automation

The group, led by Prof. Sirkka-Liisa Jämsä-Jounela, aims to serve all fields of process technology - chemical, metallurgical and forest products - in terms of process automation.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Mineral Processing and Recycling

The group led by Prof Rodrigo Serna, aim to find technological solutions to address the current needs related to the production of inorganic raw materials, whether from primary or secondary sources.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Metallurgical Thermodynamics and Modelling

The group led by Prof. Pekka Taskinen focuses on materials properties related to equilibrium phenomena, experimental thermodynamics both at high temperatures and in aqueous solutions, and modelling of materials properties.

Aalto University/Metallurgical Thermodynamics and Modelling

Catalysis Research Group

The Catalysis group, lead by Prof. Puurunen, develops new types of solid heterogeneous catalysts and evaluates their performance, aiming for fundamental understanding and structure-activity relationships.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Chemical Engineering in Aqueous Systems

The group, led by Prof. Marjatta Louhi-Kultanen, is studying the unit operations of aqueous systems and the solid-liquid phases equilibria.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Industrial Chemistry

Professor Yongdan Li leads the Research Group of Industrial Chemistry. Our group focuses on teaching and research related to chemical reaction engineering and reactor design.

Research topics Industrial Chemistry made by Yingnan Zhao

Facilities

Chemistry building

Kemistintie 1. Open: Mon-Thu 7.45-20.00, Fri 7.45-18.00.

Kemistintie 1 (pienempi). Kuva/Image: Aalto-yliopisto / Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University

News

Aalto Sustainability Hub / Mari Lundström
Research & Art Published:

Research enhances understanding of sustainable production and consumption systems in circular economy

What does the recent research offer us in the fields of metal- and wood-based fiber systems for circular economy? How can we build sustainable business models and governance of circular systems? These issues were taken a closer look at Aalto Sustainability Hub’s seminar in November 2018.
Metallurgian tutkimuslaitteistoa / kuva: Glen Forde
Cooperation, Research & Art Published:

Half a million funding from Business Finland for the development of circular economy of metals

The funded sub-project of Aalto is part of SYMMET, which is searching for solutions to the increasing need for metallic materials.
Akkututkija tekemässä tutkimusta / Kuva Nita Vera
Cooperation, Research & Art Published:

Finland to lead European battery industry research into recycling - project will be led by Outotec and Aalto University

The European Commission has invited Finland to coordinate battery industry related research into recycling in Europe.
Platinalla pinnoitettu hiilipala / Kuva: Petteri Halli
Research & Art Published:

New method enables the recovery of trace platinum concentrations

Renewable energy and electric traffic will increase the need for critical metals. Even the smallest quantities of metal must be recovered.

Events

Dipoli, Käpyovi. Photo: Aalto University/Tuomas Uusheimo
Conferences and workshops

Workshop on Catalytic Reactions with Ion Transfer through Interfaces

Welcome to Workshop on Catalytic Reactions with Ion Transfer through Interfaces (ITICAT2019), organized in August 15 - 17, 2019, as a pre-conference of EuropaCat2019. 

Where to find us

Chemistry building

Kemistintie 1. Open: Mon-Thu 7.45-20.00, Fri 7.45-18.00.

Kemistintie 1 (pienempi). Kuva/Image: Aalto-yliopisto / Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University