Separation and Environmental Analysis

The main focus for separation and environmental analysis is the phenomena based study of sample solutions and solids. Research is being carried out on separation techniques using small amounts of solutions, minimising the use of chemicals, water and solvents.

In addition, research is being conducted into areas of interest for industry, such as research on the utilisation of natural materials and biological waste and on the use of analytical technology and new applications.

Phenomenon-based separation and environmental analysis

The basic research in this field focuses on chromatography in different areas and electrically assisted separation technologies and solution chemistry. Research topics include medicines and their metabolic products, food composition, environmental waters, soil and main and side streams of industrial research.

In addition, basic research techniques for sample processing are being developed along with their miniaturization. The results of the research are analysed by the Chemometrics Group.

Separation and Environmental Analysis Group research capabilities

Basic research

  • chromatography techniques (IC, HPLC, GC, LC-LC, LC-MS, GC-MS)
  • spectrometric methods (F-AAS, GF-AAS, ICP-AES, SP)
  • electro chemical solution separation techniques (CE sensors)
  • inorganic and organic sample preparation techniques
  • medicinal research and metabolism
  • in collaboration with three national research schools: CHEMSEM, ICS and FWCE

Applied research

  • multi-component analysis
  • elemental and species determinations
  • organic and inorganic quantitative research
  • chemical and biochemical product monitoring, identification and quantification
  • identification of chemical compound structures
  • product purity analysis
  • raw material and composition research
  • charge and molecular weight determination
  • contaminant analysis

Further information and the research group

Associate Professor Satu-Pia Reinikainen

Tel. 040 353 9039



LUT School of Engineering Science
P.O. Box 20
FI-53851 Lappeenranta, Finland

Riina Salmimies
+358 45 631 0917

Lea Hannola
Vice Dean
+358 40 822 3982