Päivö is a senior research fellow in the Sustainable Cementitious Binders team in the Fibre and Particle Engineering Research Unit, where he started in 2012. Päivö graduated from the University of Michigan with PhD in Applied Physics in 2011. After his graduation he worked in a start-up company, Life Magnetics, Inc. in Ann Arbor, USA as a co-inventor and lead scientist, and as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Oulu, before his appointment to the current position in June 2017.
- Utilisation of inorganic industrial waste and residues
- Sustainable cementitious materials
- Reactive precursor synthesis
- Carbon sequestration
Funded scientific projects
- NANOGLASS: Emerging project in the Kvantum insitute "Zero-CO2 cement concept via phase-separated nano-glass". University of Oulu strategic funding. 2018-2022. (Principal investigator)
- CERATAIL: Novel synthesis methods for porous ceramics from mine tailings. 2015-2019 (Project coordinator)
- GEOBIZ: enabling geopolymer commercialization in Finland. 2016-2018 (Project coordinator)
- MINPET: Mineral products from Petrit-T sidestream. 2016-2018 (Scientific coordinator)
- GEODESIGN: high value products from industrial residues enabled by participatory design and geopolymer technology. 2015-2018 (Project coordinator)
- GEOWOOL: mineral wool waste as geopolymer precursor. 2014-2015 (Project coordinator)
- MAGBIO: Next Generation Biofouling Monitor. 2014-2015 (Project coordinator)
- Senior Research Fellow, Fibre and particle engineering
Visiting Academic at Imperial College London, UK– 1.2.2017 to 3.8.2017
Initiated collaboration between the research units, co-supervised a Masters and Bachelor student. Currently co-supervising PhD student at Imperial.