RAMI – Raw materials research infrastructure
At Aalto University, we focus to process, characterise and recycle primary and secondary raw materials and to search for new cutting-edge material replacements for e.g. future sustainable technologies.
RawMatters at Aalto University, a sub-section of the national RAMI infrastructure, covers the research facilities at the School of Chemical Engineering that operate in the field of inorganic materials (metals, oxides etc.). This means focus on metals and ceramics at bulk or nano-level, in solid or aqueous environments. The research enabled by the infra can be divided to materials science and chemistry, electrochemistry, metal processing and recycling.
Access to infrastructure
The principles of open access of Aalto RawMatters are:
- The access to RawMatters is open for academic researchers and industry professionals in need of facilities for research or product development in the field chemistry-oriented materials research and characterization. The access is equally open for national and international parties.
- All the users share an equal right to reserve and use the tools. A quota of 50% of daytime hours is reserved to the owners of the infrastructure if necessary. Certain tools are accessible only through service.
- The prerequisite for the access is the facility introduction training. The training is organized either regularly or on a need-to-have –basis. The operation of the tools require operators’ licenses, which are granted on a similar basis. The training may be chargeable.
- The access to the infrastructure is facilitated by the user support provided in a form of permanent staff of the RI (senior and staff scientists and engineers and technicians) and through equipment dedicated main users (more experienced users of the RI). The user support is subject to charges.
There is a wide range of equipment available for synthesis, analysis and characterization of inorganic materials within the RAMI-RawMatters infrastructure. Equipment is listed in categories and is placed in different locations at the relevant departments. The list is updated when necessary.
Some equipment reservation will be available online for registered users.
Due to the great variance in the nature of equipment, the operation may require more or less training, and in some cases the measurements will be conducted by the trained staff only. Price categories shown here are indicative and subject to change without notice.
Our aim is to offer the equipment for scientific research and joint research projects are welcomed. For the research groups who annually use extensively the facilities reduced price can be negotiated.
VAT not included
Category I: Basic processing and testing equipment
Academic work: 20–60€/h
Commercial use: 60–120€/h
Category II: Advanced processing and analysis equipment
Academic work: 30–50 €/h or 30–50 €/sample (depending on the measurement)
Commercial use: 100–120 €/h or 100–120 €/sample
Operator time by technician or scientist
Academic work: 22/33 € per hour
Commercial use: 60/90€ per hour
Examples of category I equipment: Thermal analysis (DSC, TGAs), XRDs, XRF
Examples of category II equipment: SQUID-magnetometer, 57-Fe Mössbauer spectroscope