Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Chemical engineering

Chemical engineering research group, led by Ville Alopaeus, has a strong tradition in practical industrial collaboration.


The research methodology is based on natural sciences and mechanistic modelling of chemical processes. The research aims at developing methodology and tools that allow fast and reliable development and scale-up of new industrial chemical processes. Teaching in Chemical engineering aims at development of generic skills and fundamental understanding of chemical processes. This understanding can be applied in a wide variety of chemical technology fields and practical applications.

Annually about 2 doctoral students finish their doctoral thesis and about 10 master students finish their master thesis.

Our research areas:

  1. Modeling of multiphase processes

  2. Phase equilibria

  3. Microprocess technology


1. Modeling of multiphase processes:

Modeling of thermodynamics, transport phenomena, and multiphase chemical processes. The aim in this focus area is to combine fundamental models describing molecular scale kinetics into unified integrated process modeling tools with high predictive power. These tools can significantly speed up traditional process development and design.

Our group has expertise in modeling various multiphase chemical processes, such as separation processes and multiphase reactors. Our core competence in that field is to combine mass transfer, population balances, thermodynamics, fluid flow and reaction models. Our expertise covers both chemical engineering applications and numerical methods for solving the models.

2. Phase equilibria:

In the field of phase equilibria, we have extensive laboratory facilities for measuring phase equilibria and thermodynamic properties. Our expertise covers vapor-liquid equilibria and gas solubility measurements extending to very high temperatures and pressures with applications ranging from traditional oil refining to novel biorefineries and CO2 mitigation. In addition, we have expertise in measuring liquid-liquid equilibria for solvent extraction and solid-liquid equilibria.

3. Microprocess technology:

We have also expertise in microprocess technology, mainly for developing and designing micro/milli scale distillation units and combining miniaturized units into continuous pilot units.

The technology is also applied in research of process intensification with integrated miniaturized chemical process plants.

Ongoing projects:

  1. Phase Equilibria for Bio-refineries (PEQBIO)
  2. Crystallization  - FLUKI
  3. Academy Research Fellow Project: Process development intensification by utilization of a new generation of Micro-plants
  4. Physical Properties and Phase Equilibria Measurements for Pyrolysis Oil Components
  5. Phase Stability Calculation and Equilibrium Measurements for Biorefinery
  6. Fubio Joint Research 2 / Ionic Liquids
  7. Fubio Joint Research 2 / Modelling of Hot Water Extraction
  8. Products from dissolved cellulose / Modelling of viscose process
  9. CLEEN- Carbon Capture and Storage
Chem Professor_Ville Alopaeus

Our work combines high quality academic work into powerful tools that can be used in industrial process development and scale-up.

Ville Alopaeus

Research group members:

Roshi Dahal

Doctoral Researcher

Juho-Pekka Laakso

Research assistant (preparing for doctoral thesis)

Mahdi Mousavi

Research assistant (preparing for doctoral thesis work)

Zubair Riaz

Research assistant (preparing for doctoral thesis work)

Petri Uusi-Kyyny

Postdoctoral Researcher
T106 Chemical and Metallurgical Eng

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Latest publications:

Correction: Vapor Pressures, Densities, and PC-SAFT Parameters for 11 Bio-compounds

Zachariah Steven Baird, Petri Uusi-Kyyny, Juha-Pekka Pokki, Emilie Pedegert, Ville Alopaeus 2022

Modelling the kraft pulping process on a fibre scale by considering the intrinsic heterogeneous nature of the lignocellulosic feedstock

Nicolaus Bijok, Juha Fiskari, Richard R. Gustafson, Ville Alopaeus 2022 Chemical Engineering Journal

Experimental and CFD study on influence of viscosity on layer melt crystallization

Nahla Osmanbegovic, Ville Alopaeus, Bing Han, Ville Vuorinen, Marjatta Louhi-Kultanen 2022 Separation and Purification Technology

Application-Related Consideration of the Thermal Stability of [mTBDH][OAc] Compared to Amidine-Based Ionic Liquids in the Presence of Various Amounts of Water

Inge Schlapp-Hackl, Joanna Witos, Krishna Ojha, Petri Uusi-Kyyny, Ville Alopaeus, Herbert Sixta 2022 Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

Vapor- liquid equilibrium for the n-dodecane + phenol and n-hexadecane + phenol systems at 523 K and 573 K

Roshi Dahal, Petri Uusi-Kyyny, Juha Pekka Pokki, Ville Alopaeus 2021 Fluid Phase Equilibria

Toward solvent screening in the extractive desulfurization using ionic liquids

Ali Ebrahimpoor Gorji, Mohammad Amin Sobati, Ville Alopaeus, Petri Uusi-Kyyny 2021 Fuel

Liquid-Liquid Equilibria for the n-Pentyl acetate, n-Hexyl acetate, n-Pentanol, or n-Hexanol + Furfural + Water Systems at 298 and 323 K

Marja Mikola, Jani Kangas, Juha Pekka Pokki, Mikael Männistö, Juha Ahola, Juha Tanskanen, Ville Alopaeus 2021 Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data

CFD Study on Heat Transfer in a Layer Melt Crystallizer

Nahla Osmanbegovic, Ville Alopaeus, Ville Vuorinen, Marjatta Louhi-Kultanen 2021
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