SCI-MAT - Sustainable circularity of inorganic materials

We examine the circular economy models of metals and industrial minerals by utilising municipal and electronic waste and side flows from mining and other industry as raw materials. We create reusable materials with mechanical and hydrometallurgical processes.

The SCI-MAT platform meets the inorganic raw material needs of industry, taking social, environmental, and economic sustainability into consideration. Metals and industrial minerals have increasing significance in societies, as they are needed in modern technologies. The SCI-MAT platform respects natural resources and solves complex societal challenges in the inorganic materials sector and especially in their circularity.

In addition to the recycling of metals, the platform's research relates to the valorisation of bulky industrial side and waste streams as, for example, composite raw materials such as noise wall barriers and building materials. The platform identifies and utilises the value of excavation materials from, for instance, road construction and landfill sites. The SCI-MAT platform aims for projects that demonstrate the recycling of inorganic materials on a larger scale than the laboratory, and the projects include research on business models and sustainability (social, environmental, economic).

SCI-MAT – Platform directors and research group leaders

  • Director:
    • Docent, Post-doctoral Researcher Sami Virolainen (LENS, Separation Science)
  • Co-director:
    • Professor Antti Häkkinen, (LENS, Separation Science)
  • Group leader:
    • Professor Timo Kärki, Technology (LES, Mechanical Engineering)
  • Group leader:
    • Professor Jarkko Levänen, Environmental and Social Sustainability (LES, Sustainability Science)
  • Group leader:
    • Associate Professor Laura Albareda, Business (LBM, Strategy and Accounting)

Contact Us

Sami Virolainen
Docent, Post-doctoral Researcher of LENS, Separation Science

+358 50 431 6756
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Antti Häkkinen
Professor of LENS, Separation Science

+358 40 354 3218
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