Annual Seminar of Critical Materials in Circular Economy of Cities (Romulus) Academy Programme

10 April 2024
Place Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre
Registration ChemBio Finland website

Welcome to the Annual Seminar of Critical Materials in Circular Economy of Cities (Romulus) Academy Programme. The seminar is organized in collaboration with ChemBio Finland (Chemistry and biotechnology event at Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre). Besides short presentations there is also a poster session where the researchers present their studies. The seminar is chaired by Professor Timo Repo, Steering Group of the Romulus Academy Programme.


9.30 - 9.35
Opening of the seminar, Professor Timo Repo

9.35 – 10.20
Sustainability in the battery value chain - Opportunities and challenges, Ulla Lassi, Professor, University of Oulu

10.20 - 10.50
Making linear more sustainable is not enough – we need true circularity, Kalle Saarimaa, CEO, Tana Oy 

10.50 - 11.20
Citizens’ perspectives of a safe smart city, Sari Yli-Kauhaluoma, University Lecturer, Aalto University

11.20-12.40  Lunch and posters

12.40-13.05 Session I

Municipal Solid Waste, Is that really a waste or wealth, Priyadharshini Perumal, Senior Researcher, University of Oulu

Towards sustainable Mg-value chains, Hellen S. Santos, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oulu
Green and clean urban mining with focused ultrasound, Ari Salmi, Professor, University of Helsinki

13.05-13.30  Session II

Silicon from barley husk for Li-ion batteries, Vesa-Pekka Lehto, Professor, University of Eastern Finland
Metal-ion chemistry betony lithium for next-generation carbon-based battery anodes, Miguel Caro, Senior Scientist, Aalto University

Breaking Size Barriers: The Next Chapter in Solid-State Battery manufacturing, Ashish Ganvir, Assistant Professor, University of Turku

13.30-13.55 Session III

Self-healing semiconductor materials for high power electronics applications, Flyura Djurabekova, Professor, University of Helsinki
Bio-inspired Electronic Materials: Utilizing Polydopamine for Sustainable Power Sources, Mikko Salomäki, University Teacher, University of Turku

Engineering the circular economy of batteries with artificial intelligence, Rodrigo Serna, Aalto University

13.55-14.30 Session IV

Making circular cities: Local public policy mixes – transformative or not?, Pekka Valkama, Senior Research Fellow, City of Helsinki

Regulating Critical Raw Materials – Recent developments and shortcomings, Topi Turunen, Senior Researcher, Finnish Environment Institute

Eco-design for solar cells: from waste to value, Kati Miettunen, Professor, University of Turku

Systemic view into critical raw materials, Marja Elina Huttunen-Saarivirta, Research Professor, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

14.30-16.00 Posters and snacks

More information:

  • Saila Seppo, Programme Manager, tel. +358 29 533 5109
  • Risto Vilkko, Programme Manager, tel. +358 29 533 5136
  • Sanna Hytönen, Coordinator, tel. +358 29 533 5032

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