Tero Luukkonen

Tero Luukkonen


Assistant Professor
Geopolymers and water treatment technology

34 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 624 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 152 citations. The author has a h-index of 13.00. (Scopus)


Assistant Professor Tero Luukkonen has 10+ years experience from R&D and project management positions within start-up companies and academia. His research interests are related to high-value utilization of inorganic industrial side streams: for example, using alkali-activated materials (AAMs) in environmental applications. Specific research topics include:

  • Preparation and modification methods for highly porous AAMs
  • Characterization and chemistry
  • Water and wastewater treatment applications (e.g., adsorbents/ion-exchangers, catalysts, filter materials)

In addition, Dr. Luukkonen has studied alkali-activated binders for construction and organic peracids in wastewater treatment.

Research interests

  • Geopolymers
  • Water treatment
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Peracids
  • Adsorption
  • Binder materials

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Research groups

  • Assistant Professor, Fibre and particle engineering

Selected publications

  • Luukkonen, Tero; Yliniemi, Juho; Sreenivasan, Harisankar; Ohenoja, Katja; Finnilä, Mikko; Franchin, Giorgia; Colombo, Paolo (2020) Ag- or Cu-modified geopolymer filters for water treatment manufactured by 3D printing, direct foaming, or granulation. - Scientific reports 10, 7233 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Selkälä, Tuula; Suopajärvi, Terhi; Sirviö, Juho Antti; Luukkonen, Tero; Kinnunen, Päivö; de Carvalho, Ana Luiza Coelho Braga; Liimatainen, Henrikki (2020) Surface Modification of Cured Inorganic Foams with Cationic Cellulose Nanocrystals and Their Use as Reactive Filter Media for Anionic Dye Removal. - Acs applied materials and interfaces online first, online first . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Luukkonen, Tero; Abdollahnejad, Zahra; Yliniemi, Juho; Kinnunen, Päivö; Illikainen, Mirja (2017) One-part alkali-activated materials : A review. - Cement and Concrete Research 103, 21-34 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Luukkonen, Tero; Prokkola, Hanna; Pehkonen, Simo O. (2020) Peracetic acid for conditioning of municipal wastewater sludge: Hygienization, odor control, and fertilizing properties. - Waste management 102, 371-379 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Luukkonen, Tero; Abdollahnejad, Zahra; Yliniemi, Juho; Kinnunen, Päivö; Illikainen, Mirja (2018) Comparison of alkali and silica sources in one-part alkali-activated blast furnace slag mortar. - Journal of Cleaner Production 187, 171-179 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Luukkonen, Tero; Sreenivasan, Harisankar; Abdollahnejad, Zahra; Yliniemi, Juho; Kantola, Anu; Telkki, Ville-Veikko; Kinnunen, Päivö; Illikainen, Mirja (2019) Influence of sodium silicate powder silica modulus for mechanical and chemical properties of dry-mix alkali-activated slag mortar. - Construction and building materials 233, 117354 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Luukkonen, Tero; Abdollahnejad, Zahra; Ohenoja, Katja; Kinnunen, Päivö; Illikainen, Mirja (2019) Suitability of commercial superplasticizers for one-part alkali-activated blast-furnace slag mortar. - Journal of sustainable cement-based materials 8 (4), 244-257 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Luukkonen, Tero; Abdollahnejad, Zahra; Yliniemi, Juho; Mastali, Mohammad; Kinnunen, Päivö; Illikainen, Mirja (2019) Alkali-activated soapstone waste - Mechanical properties, durability, and economic prospects. - Sustainable Materials and Technologies 22, e00118 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Luukkonen, Tero; Pehkonen, Simo O. (2017) Peracids in water treatment : A critical review. - Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology 47 (1), 1-39 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Luukkonen, Tero; Heyninck, Tom; Rämö, Jaakko; Lassi, Ulla (2015) Comparison of organic peracids in wastewater treatment: Disinfection, oxidation and corrosion. - Water Research 85, 275-285 . [Original]
  • Luukkonen, Tero; Věžníková, Kateřina; Tolonen, Emma-Tuulia; Runtti, Hanna; Yliniemi, Juho; Hu, Tao; Kemppainen, Kimmo; Lassi, Ulla (2017) Removal of ammonium from municipal wastewater with powdered and granulated metakaolin geopolymer. - Environmental technology online first, online first . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Luukkonen, Tero; Sarkkinen, Minna; Kemppainen, Kimmo; Rämö, Jaakko; Lassi, Ulla (2015) Metakaolin geopolymer characterization and application for ammonium removal from model solutions and landfill leachate. - Applied Clay Science 119, 266–276 . [Original]
  • Luukkonen, Tero; Runtti, Hanna; Niskanen, Mikko; Tolonen, Emma-Tuulia; Sarkkinen, Minna; Kemppainen, Kimmo; Rämö, Jaakko; Lassi, Ulla (2016) Simultaneous removal of Ni(II), As(III), and Sb(III) from spiked mine effluent with metakaolin and blast-furnace-slag geopolymers. - Journal of Environmental Management 166, 579-588 . [Original]

Research visits

  • Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Padova, Italy
    1.11.2018 to 31.3.2019

  • Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), Switzerland
    1.9.2019 to 17.3.2020