Research group: Process Metallurgy
Research subject: Online measurement of slag composition in metallurgical processes
Researcher profile: http://www.oulu.fi/university/researcher/avishek%20kumar-gupta
Who are you?
I am Avishek Gupta and I am a doctoral student in the University of Oulu.
Where you come from?
I come from India from the state of Uttar Pradesh.
What you have done before coming to Oulu?
I have done my Bachelors of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Technology in Material Science and Metallurgy.
Why did you decide to come to Oulu?
I have always thought of continuing my research work in Europe and University of Oulu and the I4Future doctoral program provide the best opportunity that was too hard to miss. During my masters I have been working on materials characterization and the project here was more of an advancement to the characterization techniques which got my attention. Also, having a funding of four years was an added advantage.
What is the name of your research project?
“Online measurement of slag composition in metallurgical processes”
What is the expected main outcome from your research project?
The long term goal of the project is to develop a system that can be used to monitor the slag conditions in a metallurgical process by an online analysis of the process. Specifically, we are working on the smelting of ilmenite as titanium is one of the most abundant element and the demand of titanium has rose significantly lately. The same system can be commercialized in smelting industries to have a better control of the smelting processes.
What you would like to do after you have got PhD degree?
I would like to continue my research as a part of my post-doctoral studies or work in a company.
What I4 Future program has so far given to you? What has been good? Have you missed something?
Being a very interdisciplinary and international program, I4Future has given quite good exposure to the imaging techniques. I go the opportunity to interact with the experts from Outotec Oyj and discuss my project. Courses on entrepreneurship was helpful to understand the entrepreneurship mind. I am not sure if I have missed anything, things have been fine until now.
What kind of the atmosphere /weather in Oulu has been in your opinion?
The work atmosphere has been really good here. The group members and other staff have been really helpful. As far as the weather is concerned, it has been a mixed bag. I like the snow in winter but the darkness that comes with it is sometimes very disturbing. The first year was challenging but this year it should be fine. Summer is short but really beautiful and lively, and I enjoy cycling around Oulu during this time. Oulu has one of the best cycling lanes.
Have you already published results? If yes, where?
I haven’t done any publications yet but I am looking forward for a poster presentation in August in Portugal.
On my own words
I am a PhD student in the Process Metallurgy Group, Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu. My research topic is ‘Online measurement of slag composition in metallurgical processes’. The goal of my project is to develop a measurement system to analyse the quantitative and qualitative study of the slag during the metallurgical process. My project is in collaboration with Oututec Oyj where I will carry out my secondment as well. Other partner organization is Luxmet Oyj.
I started my doctoral studies in January 2017 and the project duration for is for a period of four years. I am from India and did my bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Government College of Engineering Karad, India. I completed my masters in Material Science and Metallurgy from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. My thesis topic for masters was ‘Mechanical and corrosion behaviour of 305 grade stainlesss steel’. Through this Ph.D, I expect to gain expertise in spectroscopy techniques and gain an in-depth knowledge about the slag behaviour in metallurgical processes. I believe this program will give me enough opportunities to broaden my skills to lead to a successful research. The outcome of the project will be beneficial for the industrial application and will help me in my future career as a researcher.
Last updated: 25.9.2018