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16 September 2022 | News

Carbon dioxide research intensifies at the Lappeenranta campus

LUT University's new gas separation laboratory will study how to remove carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere effectively. Lappeenranta is home to Finland's most significant separation and purification technology research unit.

Carbon dioxide research intensifies at the Lappeenranta campus

In September, LUT University will inaugurate a new gas separation laboratory. The laboratory will be used for research on air pollution, power-to-x technology, hydrogen storage, carbon dioxide capture, utilisation and storage, among others.

"The laboratory will expand our capabilities and opportunities to collaborate with multidisciplinary research teams worldwide. This will allow us to tackle challenging problems more effectively," said Nima Rezaei, Associate Professor of Separation Technology at LUT.

The new laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art analytical laboratory equipment. It will be put to versatile use, as LUT University is home to Finland's largest academic research unit focusing on separation and purification technologies.

Aiming for a major international centre of excellence

The gas separation laboratory will boost research, especially in clean air and energy. This research will contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on health, sustainable economic growth and development, innovation and climate action.

"Our goal is to be a nationally and internationally significant centre of excellence in gas separation. We, therefore, invite motivated researchers and active research groups, innovation centres and consortia to cooperate with us," says Mari Kallioinen-Mänttäri, Head of the Department of Separation Technology and Professor at LUT University.

Gas separation laboratory on the Lappeenranta campus

  • A test environment built in a sea container on the Lappeenranta campus of LUT University.
  • The laboratory is used to study:
    • Carbon dioxide capture, utilisation and storage
    • Power-to-x technology
    • Hydrogen storage
    • Air pollution
    • Membrane separation of gases
    • Catalysts
    • Industrial-scale gas separation