Hub for Hydrogen-Materials Interactions Research Infrastructures


The project aims to develop the local research infrastructures of the University of Oulu, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, and Tampere University to meet the needs of the hydrogen transition. The project focuses on developing equipment specifically for studying the interactions between hydrogen and various materials.


Project information

Project duration


Project funder

The research project has been granted recovery and resilience funding from the European Union (NextGenerationEU) through the Research Council of Finland.

Funding amount

980 282 EUR

Project coordinator

University of Oulu

Contact information

Project leader

  • Senior Research Fellow
    Samuli Urpelainen

Project description

The transition to a hydrogen economy presents unprecedented challenges for the energy, raw materials, and transportation industries. New hydrogen-based processes and applications must be implemented in a very short timeframe to meet climate goals.

However, little is known about the interactions between hydrogen and materials that are critical to the functioning of our society, such as steels. To develop and commercialize reliable and safe hydrogen technologies, understanding these interactions is increasingly important. For example, in load-bearing structures, hydrogen-induced material embrittlement can have catastrophic effects, and using hydrogen as fuel does not produce the same lubricating film on engine surfaces as fossil fuels do.

The local infrastructures of H2MIRI address these needs with efficient characterization methods, strengthen the role distribution among partners, deepen expertise, and enable the production of essential knowledge for society.

Project actions

The project involves developing and acquiring research equipment to support the study of hydrogen and material interactions. Additionally, a digital portal will be developed where users can access information about research infrastructures and find related services and experts.

At the University of Oulu, the project will acquire Finland's first ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (APXPS) equipment, which will be placed in the University of Oulu's Center for Material Analysis.