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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

The Research Group for Thermodynamics and Modelling Prof. Pekka Taskinen. The Group is responsible for teaching and research in metallurgical thermodynamics. The research projects focus on experimental thermodynamics. The industrial projects deal with metal-making processes in the areas of liquid and solid phases (e.g. flash smelting, roasting of sulphides, and salts decomposition by the fluidized bed technology). To support the experimental study, the group has databases and software for modelling and equilibrium calculations, and good connections to foreign research groups in the area. The Group is establishing National Centre of Thermodynamics, in cooperation with external partners.

Ongoing projects

  • Properties of impurity minerals in Cu, Ni, and Zn extraction*,
  • Freeze lining formation in Cu-smelting furnaces,
  • Behaviour of trace elements in copper scrap smelting**
  • Novel steelmaking concepts,
  • Thermodynamics of copper smelting slags***,
  • High-temperature corrosion,
  • Precious metals extraction,
  • Trace metal streams and extraction in copper and nickel smelting****,
  • Aqueous thermodynamics (modelling of strong industrial solutions) and
  • Thermodynamic assessments of slag systems.

* Tekes ELEMET program, ** Tekes ARVI program, Tekes SIMP program, ****Tekes

Latest publications

Metallurgical Thermodynamics and Modelling, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Phase equilibria and thermodynamic evaluation of the Ti-V-O system in air

Publishing year: 2018 Calphad: Computer Coupling of Phase Diagrams and Thermochemistry
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgical Thermodynamics and Modelling

Precious Metal Distributions in Direct Nickel Matte Smelting with Low-Cu Mattes

Publishing year: 2018 Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B: Process Metallurgy and Materials Processing Science
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgical Thermodynamics and Modelling

Recoveries of rare elements Ga, Ge, In and Sn from waste electric and electronic equipment through secondary copper smelting

Publishing year: 2018 Waste Management
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgical Thermodynamics and Modelling, Metallurgy (MTG)

Properties of Na<sub>2</sub>O–SiO<sub>2</sub> slags in Doré smelting

Publishing year: 2018 Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy Review
School services, CHEM, Metallurgical Thermodynamics and Modelling, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

The Influence of Aluminum on Indium and Tin Behaviour during Secondary Copper Smelting

Publishing year: 2018
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgical Thermodynamics and Modelling, Metallurgy (MTG)

Behavior of Co, Ni and precious metals in copper converting process

Publishing year: 2018
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy (MTG), Metallurgical Thermodynamics and Modelling

Behavior of Nickel as a Trace Element and Time-Dependent Formation of Spinels in WEEE Smelting

Publishing year: 2018
School services, CHEM, Metallurgical Thermodynamics and Modelling, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Fundamental Process Equilibria of Base and Trace Elements in the DON Smelting of Various Nickel Concentrates

Publishing year: 2018
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy (MTG), Metallurgical Thermodynamics and Modelling

Phase relations in the Cu-O-Al<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub>-SiO<sub>2</sub> system at 1150 °C and 1300 °C in air

Publishing year: 2017 Calphad: Computer Coupling of Phase Diagrams and Thermochemistry
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgical Thermodynamics and Modelling, Hydrometallurgy and Corrosion

Distributions of lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride battery elements in copper converting

Publishing year: 2017 Journal of Cleaner Production
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Visiting Professor
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Professor (Associate Professor)
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Postdoctoral Researcher