Information about the research groups and communities in the field of sustainable resources management.
Northern Environmental Technology
- Research Group on Environmental Catalysis: Sustainable abatement and use of gaseous emissions in process industry Environmental technology
- Waste and energy synergy networks in the context of eco-municipalities–Towards resource efficiency in the North (WE2North)
- Water technology
Prof. Riitta Keiski, Doc. Eva Pongrácz, Senior research fellow Jaakko Rämö
Faculty of Technology, Oulu Mining School, Thule Institute
Water Resources Research
- Streams in the landscape: effects of land use on biodiversity and ecosystem processes in boreal streams
- Human Impact on Northern Groundwater Resources: Impact of Land-Use and Climate Change on Future Management of Aquifers and Connected Ecosystems
- Climate change and boreal rivers
Prof. Timo Muotka, Prof. Björn Klöve, Dr. Heikki Mykrä
Faculty of Technology, Faculty of Science, Thule Institute, Finnish Environment Institute, Natural Resources Institute Finland
Smart Energy Systems
Prof. Kauko Leiviskä
Prof. Enso Ikonen
Faculty of Technology
Prof. Ilmo Mäenpää
Oulu Business School, Thule Institute
The research in Northern Bioeconomy is carried out in the floolowing fields:
The focus of the research group is on
i) Industrial minerals and circular economy;
ii) Lignocellulosic biomaterials and chemicals; and
Research topics i) are dealing with e.g. fine grinding of industrial minerals, handling of mine tailings, use of fly ash and slag in concrete products and development of geopolymers from industrial side streams.
Focus of research ii) is on separation and modification of nanocellulose to applications such as sludge flocculant, flotation agent and oil spill prevention and response agents.
Research in iii) focuses on developing biomaterial, mainly wood fibre and nanocellulose based composite materials and products
- Prof. Mirja Illikainen
- Dr. Henrikki Liimatainen
- Dr. Petteri Piltonen
Faculty of Technology
Research group in the field of Plant Biology is led by Professor Hely Häggman. The studies of the principle investigators of the group are focused generally on plant biology and biotechnology including plant molecular biology, in vitro propagation, analysis and characterization of plant and microbial biomaterials, utilization of cryotechnology for safe storage, modification by genetic engineering and by symbiotic interactions for production of plant biomaterial. Specific focus in the group is in forest trees and wild berries. The methodology tool box of the group also includes expertise in next-generation sequencing technology.
Since 2000, 11 completed doctoral degrees; currently 3 senior scientists and 4 postdoctoral scientists; currently 8 full-time and 2 part-time doctoral students.
Prof. Hely Häggman, Doc. Anna Maria Pirttilä, emerita Prof. Anja Hohtola
Faculty of Science, Thule Institute, Natural Resources Institute Finland
Research areas involve catalytic materials and lithium-ion battery chemicals in industrial applications. Catalytic materials and processes are studied in the pretreatment of biomass. Especially, dissolution and hydrolysis of industrial waste biomass (fibre sludge etc.) in novel catalytic reaction media and catalytic conversion of obtained sugars to valuables (e.g. butanol) is examined. Second area of research is catalytic conversion of biomass-derived, purified syngas to valuables using model reactions, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis and methanol synthesis. Catalytic treatment of industrial waters and wastewaters is also studied. Especially, the use of catalytic wet air oxidation and different liquid/gaseous oxidants.
Since 2007, 3 completed doctoral degrees; currently 1 senior scientist and 3 postdoctoral scientists; currently 11 full-time doctoral students and 2 part-time doctoral students.
Prof. Ulla Lassi
Faculty of Technology, Faculty of Science, Thule Institute
Last updated: 4.5.2015