Background

InSTREAMS has strong commitment to a focus in sustainable materials and systems, and a wide academic base for interdisciplinary inorganic materials research and engineering, readily combined with sustainable value chains and business. The move from wasteful economy towards circular economy is a Global challenge of utmost importance, and one where Finland has set out to be the forerunner by 2025 (Leading the cycle). Key to fulfill this goal is increasing utilization of inorganic side streams. Inorganic non-metallic minerals account for over half of the Finnish Domestic Material Consumption (DMC) and inorganic waste accounts for over 90% of all generated waste (Statistics Finland). Finland is among those EU Member States showing the lowest material efficiency (EUROSTAT). The largest secondary material flows originate from inorganic process industries, including ashes, metallurgical slags and mining wastes as well as construction and demolition waste. Therefore, by focusing on these largest material flows, the resource productivity can be efficiently increased, and circular economy´s targets are met. To decrease the amount of inorganic waste, or to transform the waste into value-added products, we need new and specific technologies, processes and value chains, which will profoundly shape the future of our economy and society.

 

 

Current State

University of Oulu has strong commitment to focus in sustainable materials and systems, and a wide academic base for interdisciplinary inorganic materials research and engineering, readily combined with sustainable value chains and business; a top-level infrastructure for inorganic material characterization and testing of engineered materials; experienced PIs with leading roles in H2020 projects; and strong links to the private sector ecosystems, including global players in Northern Finland.

 

 

Future Plans

We are an internationally recognized cross-disciplinary hub in solving global sustainability challenges. Scientific breakthroughs enabling the utilization of side streams in novel products and clean production ecosystems.