Significant research centre for separation technology created in Lappeenranta
The Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) Centre for Separation
Technology will expand the scope of its cooperation with VTT Technical
Research Centre of Finland when VTT establishes a new research group in
Lappeenranta, focusing on separation technology. This research group will make
cooperation between VTT and LUT tighter than ever. The arrangement deepens
research expertise in the field and creates a centre of separation research
that is internationally significant and unique in Finland.
At the moment, nine professors and 70 researchers are engaged in separation
technology research at the Lappeenranta University of Technology.
Separation technology refers to unit operations in chemical engineering,
including filtration, membrane filtration, and crystallisation, with which the
desired components can be separated and concentrated from diverse processes.
Filtration separates solid material from fluids. Separation technologies are
used in industrial processes, for example, in the forestry industry, food
industry, and chemicals industry, as well as in various water-treatment
“The technological significance of separation is growing,” says Erkki
KM Leppävuori, President and CEO of VTT. “A solid foundation of
expertise in the field lies behind the success of many Finnish Cleantech
companies. I believe that material and energy efficiency can be further
improved in many processes, since the role of renewable raw materials in
global industry will increase and diversify in the future. Advanced separation
technologies will be needed to rise to the challenge.”
“This partnership will be a shot in the arm for research at our university,”
says Ilkka Pöyhönen, Rector of the Lappeenranta University of
Technology. “The Centre for Separation Technology has played a significant
role in the implementation of our strategic goal of being a leading expert in
green energy and technology. Research at international level requires a
certain critical mass; you need to gather a sufficient amount of top experts
under the same roof. The VTT research group will be placed in the Department
of Chemistry, LUT Chemistry, at the Lappeenranta University of Technology. I
believe that everyday cooperation will start off smoothly, since we have
already been cooperating for years in various research projects. I also
believe this research partnership will benefit other areas of expertise at our
university,” he adds, reflecting on the significance of the partnership.
The VTT research group to be established in Lappeenranta will be announced at
the 15th anniversary seminar of the Centre for Separation Technology (CST),
held in the auditorium of the Student Union building in the Lappeenranta
University of Technology on 28 August 2012, at 11.55 a.m. Representatives of
the media are welcome to attend. The representatives of VTT and LUT listed
below will also be present to answer any questions.