Based at Åbo Akademi University, the Centre of Excellence in Process Chemistry consisted of four research groups. At the foundation and core of the CoE's work were its unique analytical capabilities, experimental laboratory techniques, advanced chemical engineering models and a good understanding of the technical state and challenges of modern industrial processes.
The CoE made new research openings at the beginning of 2006. Among other things, researchers at the CoE aimed to study the potential of ionic liquids in process chemical applications. New functions were also planned for chemicals and fibres in papermaking, and a major interdisciplinary programme was launched on metals in wood and biomasses. The CoE was a Centre of Excellence in Research nominated by the Academy of Finland also during the 2000–2005 period.
The CoE was headed by Professor Mikko Hupa.