LUT RE-SOURCE research platform:

RESOURCE EFFICIENT PRODUCTION PROCESSES AND VALUE CHAINS

LUT RE-SOURCE addresses the need to transition from a LINEAR ECONOMY to a CIRCULAR ECONOMY with novel separation and purification processes that achieve a new level of raw material efficiency and optimised use of water and energy, enabling the cost-efficient and sustainable use of waste as a resource. We also develop sustainable business models and an understanding of customer needs and market knowledge for the future.

The platform consists of 19 research groups working at LUT, which carry out their research in platform research teams:

Materials: The unique strength of this team is its extensive knowledge about materials from bio-based materials to minerals and metals. The range of expertise covers materials and emphasises technologies for the supply and handling of materials, resource efficiency in separation processes, membrane based separation processes, DFM (design for manufacturing) related to the mechanical joining of materials, reuse methods for wastes, processing/piloting of materials with extrusion and molding, recyclable materials for composites, and analysis methods for composite materials. The main aim of the material research in this platform is to produce new materials-related knowledge about the potential of side streams and to develop new separation matrices needed in novel separation and purification processes.

Novel processes: Research groups specialising in separation and purification technologies are involved in this team. They consist of internationally renowned experts in solid-liquid separation, membrane filtration, crystallisation, adsorption, chromatography, solvent-extraction, and advanced oxidation methods. The team has a balanced spectrum of skills, with researchers who specialise in experimental methods, theoretical work, and process development. Besides separation processes, a number of the team's professors and their research groups are experts in manufacturing processes that involve additive, joining, subtractive, separating and forming processes.

Process modelling and measurements: This team consists of three research groups with a background in applied mathematics and computational engineering as well as several researchers from other groups with a chemical engineering background. The key competences in the team are related to the modelling of physical and chemical phenomena in industrial processes, the statistical study of the reliability of models, inverse problems in general, chromatographic and spectroscopic analysis methods, computational tomography, machine vision and data analyses (e.g. pattern recognition).

Markets and business models: This team's competences relate to research in sustainable business model innovations, corporate responsibility, the performance of firms, supply chain management and network design. The goal of the research is to advance economic, ecological, and social sustainability by developing theory and practices of sustainable business models and related value networks.

Sustainability: The team consists of the Life Cycle Modelling, Waste Management Technology and Business Models research groups. Their research focuses on system analysis for sustainability especially by searching for optimal technical solutions. Life cycle assessment and environmental life cycle costing are the main tools used in the research. The team has a great deal of experience in different projects covering the whole life cycle chain from raw material acquisition to the utilisation and disposal of waste. New business opportunities often emerge from the combination of technologies that strongly promote sustainability, and therefore, some experts from the research team of Markets and business models also belong to this research team.

LUT has excellent research facilities. The experimental work related to the separation and purification processes developed can in many cases be performed in laboratory, pilot or semi-pilot scale. In addition, LUT has facilities to test composite manufacturing and packaging technology in production scale and considerable possibilities to design and build prototypes of novel process equipment.

Contact Us

Mari Kallioinen

Associate Professor

Director of RE-SOURCE Platform

+358 40 593 9881

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Anne Vuorema

Project manager of the RE-SOURCE Platform

+358 50 569 8429

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