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Fifteen new research projects to Kvantum Institute for 2021 – 2024

The University of Oulu’s strategy strengthens its role as a high-level international science and innovation university that contributes to solving global challenges through the selected focus areas of research. Tackling the identified global challenges requires multidisciplinary approaches and research excellence. University supports the strategy through evaluation of its research, regular open calls and external evaluation of projects supported by the university's focus institutes.

Kvantum Institute is one of the four strategic focus institutes supporting high-quality research, coordinating multidisciplinary research activities and doctoral training. Kvantum’s science-based expertise meets global challenges in the focus areas Sustainable materials and systems and Changing climate and northern environment.

The university opened a call for new projects in October 2019. Forty-one research project applications were submitted to the call in January 2020.  An independent international scientific evaluation panel, appointed by the Rector, evaluated the applications based on the criteria used by the Academy of Finland, as well as relevance to the call.  On the basis of the recommendations of the evaluation panel the Rector approved 15 research projects to the Kvantum Institute for a period of 2021– 2024. These projects will be targeted for strategic support in the form of four-year doctoral student and postdoctoral researcher positions.

The projects appointed:

Principal Investigator      Project
Aikio Anita Arctic Ionospheric Response to Space Weather Events (ACROSS)
Alahuhta Janne Exploring geographical mismatch between supply and demand of ecosystem  services using big and open source data across high latitudes (AccESS)
Fabritius Tapio  Energy- and cost-efficient production of solar energy under arctic environmental conditions
Fabritius Timo CLEAN2STEEL - Towards carbon-neutral steelmaking through hydrogen- reduction and application of clean steels
Hjort Jan Hybrid modelling for improved permafrost risk assessments (HYPERISK)
Huttula Marko Electronic level understanding of transition metal based heterojunction catalysis (NANOCAT)
Illikainen Mirja Carbon-capturing magnesium cement (CARBO-CEM)
Kivelä Sami  Global change impacts on northern animal communities: from mechanisms to ecosystem-level implications
Kordas Krisztian Robust 2D materials for sensors, photo and electrocatalysis (ROAR)
Kvist Laura   Fall and rise of endangered species: Detection of genomic and population ecological signals of decreasing and increasing populations
Silveri Matti  Continuously observed quantum matter with superconducting circuits
Telkki Ville-Veikko Advanced NMR for sustainability
Ulich Thomas Ionospheric Situational Awareness (ISaw)
Vainio Seppo Production and Development of Novel Natural Nano and  Micro Biomaterials   and Diagnostic Technologies for Catalytic,  and Bio- and Circular Economics (BioEVEngine)
Welker Jeffrey Interacting processes in Arctic reindeer systems experiencing rapid climate change




Last updated: 11.9.2020