Elijah Adesanya

Elijah Adesanya


Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Process Engineering

13 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 146 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 36 citations. The author has a h-index of 6.00. (Google scholar)


Dr Adesanya is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Fiber and Particle Engineering Research Unit. He started working in the unit as an Intern in 2014 after which he proceeded with his Master thesis in 2015 in the same unit. 

After graduation in 2015, he started as a Doctoral researcher working on the valorisation of industrial residues in alkali activated materials and in hydraulic binder as an alternative to Portland cement. He finished his PhD in Process Engineering in 2019. His current research focus is on alternative cements (alkali activated materials, Geopolymers, hydraulic binders etc.) from industrial residues towards circular economy, reducing the environmental

footprints of cements and sustainable developments. He has published several research articles in peer-reviewed international journals and presented at international conferences. 

Research interests

  • Waste recycling
  • Alkali activated materials
  • Geopolymers
  • Circular economy
  • Hybrid cement
  • Circular economy
  • Alternative cements

Conferences Attended

  • The 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Building Materials
  • 5th International Slag Valorisation Symposium
  • Nordic Recycling Day VIII, Lulea Sweden 2017


Social media

Research groups

  • Fibre and Particle Engineering Research Unit

Selected publications

  • Adesanya, Elijah; Ohenoja, Katja; Kinnunen, Päivö; Illikainen, Mirja (2017) Alkali activation of ladle slag from steel-making process. - Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy 3 (2), 300-310 . [Original]
  • Adesanya, Elijah; Ohenoja, Katja; Kinnunen, Päivö; Illikainen, Mirja (2017) Properties and durability of alkali-activated ladle slag. - Materials and Structures 51 (50), 255 . [Original]
  • Adesanya, Elijah; Ohenoja, Katja; Luukkonen, Tero; Kinnunen, Päivö; Illikainen, Mirja (2018) One-part geopolymer cement from slag and pretreated paper sludge. - Journal of Cleaner Production 185, 168-175 . Original: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.03.007. Self-archived: [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Nguyen, Hoang; Carvelli, Valter; Adesanya, Elijah; Kinnunen, Päivö; Illikainen, Mirja (2018) High performance cementitious composite from alkali-activated ladle slag reinforced with polypropylene fibers. - Cement and concrete composites 90, 150-160 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Adesanya, Elijah; Sreenivasan, Harisankar; Kantola, Anu M.; Telkki, Ville-Veikko; Ohenoja, Katja; Kinnunen, Päivö; Illikainen, Mirja (2018) Ladle slag cement - Characterization of hydration and conversion. - Construction and building materials 193, 128-134 . [Original]
  • Nguyen, Hoang; Adesanya, Elijah; Ohenoja, Katja; Kriskova, Lubica; Pontikes, Yiannis; Kinnunen, Päivö; Illikainen, Mirja (2019) Byproduct-based ettringite binder – A synergy between ladle slag and gypsum. - Construction and building materials 197, 143-151 . [Original]
  • Adesanya, Elijah; Ohenoja, Katja; Yliniemi, Juho; Illikainen, Mirja (2019) Mechanical transformation of phyllite mineralogy toward its use as alkali-activated binder precursor. - Minerals engineering 145, 106093 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Lemougna, Patrick N.; Yliniemi, Juho; Nguyen, Hoang; Adesanya, Elijah; Tanskanen, Pekka; Kinnunen, Päivö; Röning, Juha; Illikainen, Mirja (2020) Utilisation of glass wool waste and mine tailings in high performance building ceramics. - Journal of building engineering 31, 101383 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Lemougna, Patric N.; Yliniemi, Juho; Adesanya, Elijah; Tanskanen, Pekka; Kinnunen, Päivö; Röning, Juha; Illikainen, Mirja (2020) Reuse of copper slag in high-strength building ceramics containing spodumene tailings as fluxing agent. - Minerals engineering 155, 106448 . [Original] [Self-archived]

Thesis supervisions

Alkali activation of Fayalite slag
  • Master thesis, Adeolu Adediran (2018), University of Oulu, Finland

Alternative alkali activator for blast furnace slag and stone wool
  • Master thesis, Amarachi Ezu (2019), University of Oulu, Finland

Industrial residues as alternative fines aggregates in concrete applications (2019)
  • Master thesis, Corentin Gouriou (2020), Univeristy of Oulu, FInland/ICAM Nantes France -ERASMUS

Research visits

  • Visiting scholar
    31.1.2017 to 28.4.2017

    Catholic University of Leuven

    Sustainable Metals Processing and Recycling Unit,

    Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering