Expand your networks and participate in public projects


The Centre for Separation Technology is a platform coordinating the discovery of new opportunities, research and industrial cooperation in separation processes. Currently, CST has over 60 members, ranging from big multinational companies to first-class universities. The CST board has four members from industry and four from LUT.

Founded in 1997, CST is the bridge between industry and academia for global separation technologies – now and tomorrow. CST’s network provides real solutions that raise the ambition level of the industry, enabling players to have broader opportunities, better processes and greater impact.

To address the needs of the industry, CST helps to build the best possible networks and project consortiums, offers laboratory services, as well as students’ course assignments and thesis works.


Collaboration is King


CST can initiate significant funding opportunities, build large consortiums and assist in the composing of members’ funding applications – totally free of charge to the members. Here’s how we do it.

CST is a firm believer in building the best possible networks. The idea is to make sure that the right people get together at the right time. This means, for instance, that CST invites specific industry players to its events: namely, companies that are a great strategic fit from the perspective of the separation tech community.

First and foremost, CST wants to lay down the best foundations, so that its members can succeed. A big part of this involves innovative matchmaking which leads to fruitful partnerships and
better business. CST offers its members a genuine voice as part of the CST community. For the member’s organization, this translates to increased visibility through various channels. 


Many members would agree that the real “ace in the hole” for CST is its prowess in helping companies secure funding for projects. CST has participated in the composing of dozens of successful funding applications and is always ready to come to the aid of a member in this regard. 

Simply put: CST has that rare funding know-how that our members have come to rely upon over the years. And there’s more: in connection to joint research activities, members can also take advantage of the analytical capabilities and lab equipment. CST Membership is completely free for active partners who are working together with us to find new solutions. CST is funded by LUT for the benefit of both the university and its partner companies.

Clean water research in LUT University laboratory

Brimming with potential


Here are a few examples of how LUT’s Separation Science is forging new paths and transforming the old:

Bio-based Materials is an exciting area with a clear need for breakthroughs in energy-efficient bioprocesses and the conversion of biomass into chemicals. Currently, Separation & Purification processes account for 60-80 % of the total costs in the sector. Improving the quality and efficiency of separation processes will contribute significantly to reducing costs and making bio-based energy and chemicals truly feasible.

Water is a matter of life and death for people and the planet. Therefore, Separation Science will always deal, in one way or another, with this issue. Currently, it is already feasible to reduce water usage by adapting smart recovery methods. At the same time, hi-tech water treatment is making significant advances as well.

Metals and minerals are in the very core of Separation Science. Since 40 % of the global economy is dependent on the mining sector, the financial stakes are high – and Circular Economy is making its own demands in this field, as well. As a consequence, purification of ores and purification & recycling of waste keep rising on companies’ agendas.


Application areas

  • Separation processes in water treatment, mining and metallurgic industry, food industry and biorefining
  • Classification of solids
  • Gas separation
  • Separation phenomena in aggressive conditions
  • Biological water treatment
  • Development and tailoring of separation materials
  • Hybrid separation processes
  • Valorisation of waste materials

Scientific expertice

  • Adsorption
  • Chromatography
  • Centrifugal sedimentation
  • Crushing and grinding
  • Extraction
  • Filtration
  • Gravity thickening
  • Ion exchange
  • Advanced oxidation
  • Biological processes
  • Membrane technology
  • Simulation and modelling

Member cases


CST helps secure funding for key projects

CST can support us in so many ways that we consider them to be a strategic partner for us. We have seen, time and time again, that great things happen when we work together.
Simo Manninen
Vice President of Business Management, Roxia


5R Refinery takes on the Waste Challenge

Bringing together varied expertise can, indeed, lead to great results, with commercial potential also abroad. - We have a shot to make something totally new here.
Mikko Laitinen
CEO, Operon Group

Analytical capabilities


Characterisation of solutions 

  • TOC, COD
  • Conductivity, pH
  • UV-VIS (lignin, proteins, glucose)
  • Turbidity
  • Monosaccharides (HPLC, GC-MS)
  • Molar mass (MALS)
  • Wood extractives (GC)
  • Hydroxyacids, carbohydrates (CE)
  • Salts (IC)
  • Inorganics, Metals (AAS, ICP)


  • FTIR, Optical microscopy, SEM, AFM,
  • Confocal Raman

Characterization solids 

  • Surface charge (Streaming potential)
  • Hydrophilicity (contact angle)
  • Chemical structure
  • Physical structure
  • Staining + optical microscopy
  • Extraction + GC analysis

Particle analysis 

  • Morphology and particle size analysis
  • XRD & XRF

CST Membership requirements


To be a member of CST we only request that our members are active within the network. You can be active in a number of ways. 

Projects & funding

  • Partnering in public project proposals in the field of separation technology
  • Commissioned research


  • Relevant training activities in the field of separation technology
  • Participation in training programs in the field of separation technology

Attend or participate in events

  • Scientific conferences & webinars
  • Workshops

Advisory roles

  • CST board member
  • Expert interview
  • Advisory board member in public projects

CST Membership is FREE

Because when you are a member of the CST community you are an active partner providing part of the solution.

CST board members 

Jukka Koskela, Roxia Group (Chairman of the board)
Sari Mannonen, Helen Ltd
Tero Tupakka, HyXo Group
Kimmo Järvinen, Technology Industries of Finland
Jari Hämäläinen, LUT University
Mari Kallioinen, LUT University
Riina Salmimies, LUT University
Tuomo Sainio, LUT University

See also