Metal Production

Metal Production

Resource efficient metal production from a clean industry

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PhD. student pouring coke in the melting lab. Photograph.

Metal Production is an interdisciplinary Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI). During the next decades, the Norwegian metal industry will need to achieve even higher-quality output with more efficient use of resources and energy.

The main goal of Metal Production is to enable industrial innovation and give the industry long term access to world class fundamental competence and candidates. This will enable the industry to maintain its position at the forefront of sustainable innovation.

About Metal Production



VIsitors to Alcoa Mosjøen. PhotoField trip to Alcoa Mosjøen

21 October, 2020 - As part of the kick-off for our new students working on aluminium, a field trip to Alcoa Mosjøen was arranged. As some of the older students for various reasons had not visited a smelter before, the delegation was extended to 2 MSc students, 3 PhD students and 2 Associate Professors. 

Guided by Nina Helene Omdahl and Martin Grimstad, we were given a detailed tour in potrooms, where all of the operations on a pot – including startup of a new pot were seen. Following the potroom, we were given a guided tour of the casthouse, allowing us to see the full production from alumina to metal slab. Results from the last year and plans ahead were presented, followed by good discussions with representatives from Alcoa Mosjøen.

Current activities and new suggestions from industry will be followed up during the coming months by our students, aiming to gain further knowledge of the aluminum smelting process.

Sethulakshmy trial lecture. PhotoCongratulations Dr Jayakumari!

10 September, 2020 - Congratulations to Dr Sethulakshmy Jayakumari  who successfully defended her thesis September 10th. Sethulakshmy did an excellent presentation of the trial lecture: “Production of Mn by electrolyses – state of the art and future prospects” followed by the presentation of her PhD thesis “Formation and characterization of β-and α-Silicon Carbide produced during Silicon/Ferrosilicon process”. Read more here.

Figur project Sisal.More sustainable production of Silicon from quartz

28 August, 2020 - The project SisAl Slag Valorisation coordinated by prof. Gabriella Tranell receives funding from the EU body EIT Raw Materials. Prof. Ann Mari Svensson and Assoc. Prof. Jafar Safarian will also be active in the project. The project is an acceleration action within the thematic area: Increased resources efficiency in mineral and metallurgical process. The duration of the project is three years and the total budget is about 4.8 M Euro. Read more about the project here.

VIncent Canaguier. PhotoPostdoctor Vincent Canaguier in new position at SINTEF Industry

13 August, 2020 - In August Postdoctor at SFI Metal Production Vincent Canaguier started in a new position as researcher at SINTEF Industry.  Vincent har joined the Process metallurgy and raw materials group. At SINTEF he will be working with many projects, including SFI projects. In the beginning he will focus particularly on manganese projects.

As a postdoctor at SFI Metal Production Vincent has worked mainly with kinetics of the reduction reactions in the SiMn production process. He has been postdoctor for two years, but he has been working for NTNU for 6 years overall, including the Ph.D.

Vincent expect that working at SINTEF presents new challenges: "It is important to keep track on the hours worked and have a good control on the different projects I work on simultaneously. Also, while I was working on my own projects as a PhD candidate and as postdoctor, I now share the project workload with my colleagues to a higher extent. Thus, we provide a collective answer to scientific questions."

Congratulations and best of luck in your new job Vincent!

lab activity. PhotoGrønn omstilling - hva kan vi lære av metallindustrien?

27 June, 2020 - SFI Metal Production har skrevet kronikk om hvordan innovasjoner fra metallindustrien bidrar til grønn omstilling. Regjeringen vil bruke 3,6 milliarder kroner på en grønn omstillingspakke for å få industrien på fote igjen etter koronapandemien. Her kan det være mye å lære av norsk metallindustri. Les kronikken her.

Dr Karin Jusnes. PhotoCongratulations Dr Jusnes!

19 June, 2020 - Congratulations to Dr Karin Fjeldstad Jusnes who successfully defended her thesis June 19th. Karin did an excellent and comprehensive presentation of the trial lecture: “Sustainable Low-Carbon Footprint Production of Si and FeSi” followed by the presentation of her PhD thesis “Phase transformations and thermal degradation in industrial quartz”. Read more here.

100 persons registered for the online Silicon Conference 

16 June, 2020 - The Silicon for Chemical and Solar Industry conference was originally going to be arranged in Trondheim from15th to 18th of June 2020. Due to the Covid-19 situation the conference was changed to an integrated webinar with proceedings and online talks: A 3 hours plenary webinar, taped presentation of the rest of the papers, as well as the standard proceedings. Worldwide almost 100 participants from silicon industry, users and academia registered for the conference. Read more here.

Fabian defence. PhotoCongratulations Dr Azof!

14 May, 2020 - Congratulation to Dr Fabian Imanasa Azof who successfully defended his thesis May 8th. Fabian did an excellent presentation of the trial lecture “Alumina quality, performance and applications: Dependence on ore quality and production process” followed by the presentation of his PhD thesis “Pyrometallurgical and Hydrometallurgical Treatment of Calcium Aluminate-containing Slags for Alumina Recovery”. Read more here.

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