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



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.

Aud Wærnes presentaion. PhotoSpring meeting April 29th – A successful online webinar

11 May, 2020 - April 29th SFI Metal Production organized the yearly Spring Meeting. Due to the extraordinary coronavirus situation the traditional two-day spring meeting were replaced by an all-day online webinar. A positive effect was that the online solution enabled more participants from the industry and research institutions outside Trondheim to join the meeting. 
Ketil Rye, Process Technology Manager at Alcoa, congratulated the centre on a very well-organized agenda and a professional performance in the SFI Spring Webinar: “Alcoa had more than 15 direct participant and even more clustered around their computers to watch the latest news from the activities in Trondheim. Making the spring meeting as a webinar enabled a very good dissemination of results in spite of the present travel restrictions.” Read more about the webinar presentations here.

Project participants. PhotoTwo new INTPART projects to SFI Metal Production

17 April, 2020 - Professors Merete Tangstad and Gabriella Tranell from SFI Metal Production have received funding for INTPART projects from the Research Council of Norway. Tangstad receives 5,6 mill for the project “Thanos” and Tranell receives 5,7 mill for the project "Extreme". INTPART is a programme for International Partnerships for Excellent Education, Research and Innovation through long-term international cooperation with priority partner countries. The purpose is lay a foundation that enables such research groups to develop longterm relations with strong academic groups in the priority countries. Read more about the two new INTPART projects here.

How does material science relate to society?

23 March, 2020 - Member of the SFI Scientific Committee, Professor Jean-Pierre Birat, has published a book with a holistic vision of the connection between materials science, the environment and society. The title of the book is Sustainable Materials Science - Environmental Metallurgy. In his book Birat stresses that it is no longer possible to think of materials from the restricted standpoint of Materials and Engineering Sciences.

In its pluridisciplinary approach the book is meant for students, researchers, engineers, and concerned citizens interested in how materials, nature and people interact. Read more about the book here.

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Aud Nina Wærnes, Centre Director

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