Mineral Processing and Recycling
Our research areas:
Process engineering in service of the circular economy of raw materials
Green chemistry for mineral froth flotation
Physical separation technologies for recycling
Our current research activities include:
Fundamental understanding of interfacial phenomena in mineral froth flotation
Green chemical systems in mineral froth flotation
New physical separation operations for battery waste
Statistical entropy analysis supported by process simulation as a parameter of materials circularity
The Research Group for Mineral Processing and Recycling is led by Prof. Rodrigo Serna. Our approach is to study the underlying phenomena responsible of the performance of mineral processing operations. Of particular interest is the study of the interfacial phenomena occurring during mineral enrichment, in order to gain a practical understanding on the correlation between adsorptive or surface chemical reactions and the macroscopic performance of the operations. Through the understanding of the phenomena involved, it may be possible to propose novel chemical systems that could further improve the efficiency of currently used enrichment operations, or even propose new processing methods altogether. The research group also counts with expertise in computational fluid dynamics with which alternative processing systems or new designs of mechanical components can be tested.
Our current research projects deal with the exploration of green chemicals for flotation and the quality and potential cross-contamination in water circuits. Our research group is also responsible for the courses related to mineral processing and recycling, including fundamentals, unit operations and plant design.
Research group members:
- We are constantly looking for opportunities to improve the way in which we produce raw materials. We believe there is a better way for mining and recycling, both with new technologies and the active involvement of society. If you would like to know more about our group’s activities, please contact us ([email protected]).
- Are you already a student at Aalto looking for thesis topics or internships? Please enquire directly with us about opportunities ([email protected])
- Interested on Doctoral studies in our team? Please check Aalto careers website for available positions
New Academy Projects funded by the Academy of Finland involve expertise from all six Aalto schools
Nontoxic and biodegradable cellulose-based compound accelerates the mineral separation processes and reduces the use of other chemicals
Assistant professor Rodrigo Serna’s goal is to find new ways to produce sufficient raw materials for our modern society. Let’s hear more!
The Geological Survey of Finland, VTT and Aalto University work together with industry to develop solutions for the needs of a carbon-neutral and resource-efficient society.
The European Mining Course demonstrates a remarkable quality in terms of internationalization, educational innovation, entrepreneurship and societal impact.