Credits: 5

Schedule: 22.02.2017 - 19.04.2017

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Prof. Rodrigo Serna and Dr. Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the completion of the course the student has
- create their own prospective to circular economy and its relevance in the production and processing of metallic raw materials
- developed entrepreneurial thinking from a circular economy perspective
- modeled innovative recycling processes to determine their feasibility and environmental impact
- applied their knowledge to design product/process/service for circular economy, aspects of economic analysis
- worked in a multidisciplinary team

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

At this course the student conceptualize the role of a circular economy model for the production of raw materials. The students will work in groups and apply an entrepreneurial mind-set to solve an industry relevant project by developing a new process, product or system design and construct a business plan around it. The student groups will present their projects in front of a panel of experts.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Workshop tasks, group project and peer evaluation

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Workshops 6 * 3 h
Project work 75 h
Individual studying and reflection 42 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

H. Warrel, M.A. Reuter, Handbook of Recycling (2014) Elsevier.
Handouts and scientific articles.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

CHEM-E6135 Planning Exercise in Sustainable Metals Processing

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

CHEM-E6130 Metal Recycling Technologies (5 cr) ja CHEM-E6155 Circular Economy for Materials Processing (5 cr), recommended for students in Sustainable Metals Processing major. For others, a strong background in one’s own field (design, business, engineering, politics).

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Fail, 1 – 5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students from other schools in Aalto are encourage to participate to the forum, but in that case the teacher will provide additional material to cover the prerequisites. The maximum amount of participants are 40 students and first priority are students from the sustainable metals processing and EMREC.