Sustainable materials and systems

Our interdisciplinary research contributes to the sustainable and responsible use of natural resources. Our research spans from utilizing industrial side streams to reducing emissions in the steel industry and developing sustainable materials

From circular economy research to biomaterial development

We promote more efficient industrial side stream utilization and climate-friendly production methods. Also, the research of advanced high-strength steel is our special area.


In addition to circular economics and steel research, our research also covers:

  • environmental technologies based on catalysis
  • pioneering methods in materials science
  • sustainable biomaterials
  • new possibilities in energy systems and transitions
  • sustainable mining and mineral exploitation

Researchers and projects

Take a look at our researchers and their research topics.

Our researchers in the focus area are involved in projects funded by the European Research Council (ERC) as well as the Centre of Excellence of the Academy of Finland:

  • Ultrafast Laplace NMR 2018-2023  
    With the development of ultrafast laplace NMR method the detection of molecular exchange is speeded up to 10000-fold. The method opens novel prospects in chemical, biochemical, geologic, archaeologic and medical analysis.
  • SURFACE 2017-2022 
    The project explores the formation of cloud droplets in the atmosphere. The results can be used to improve future climate predictions.
  • Inverse Problems Research Group
    The research team is involved in the Finnish Centre of Excellence of Inverse Modelling and Imaging 2018-2025, the results of which can be applied in areas such as medical imaging, soil exploration and atmospheric models.

Focus area research is coordinated by the Kvantum Institute and combines research from the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Technology, and Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

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