Magnesia-based materials and systems

Most products available for purchase today have a sizeable carbon footprint attached to them, however there are very few that bind and store carbon instead. This is especially the case in the construction sector. Our vision is to enable processes for high-volume materials with inbuilt carbon utilization aspect to them. Out of the elements available on Earths crust, Mg is the most feasible for this purpose.
A photo of the research group leader Päivö Kinnunen and Postdoctoral Researcher Hellen Silva Santos working in a lab.

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Research group leader

  • Associate Professor (Tenure Track)
    Päivö Kinnunen

Research group description

Magnesium is available in vast quantities in non-carbonate feedstocks (such as mine tailings, desalination brine, and Mg-silicate rocks), and it is reactive with CO2 to form rock minerals stable for millennia. This is not the case with any other element.

We are dedicated at finding solutions to storing carbon dioxide in construction materials using Mg-carbonates, as well as to developing Mg-based low-CO2 alternatives and supplements to Portland cement (PC). With that in mind we concentrate on experimental work, thermodynamic modeling as well as atomistic modelling in close collaboration with other researchers in the field.