Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After completing the course the student can:

- Define the basic concepts of circular economy and successfully apply them within the field of metallic raw materials production

- Understand the different technological steps of metals recycling

- Systemically link processing technologies to understand the physics of resource efficiency

- Simulate basic examples of industrial symbiosis in metal production from secondary raw materials

Credits: 5

Schedule: 27.10.2020 - 08.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Rodrigo Serna Guerrero

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jari Aromaa, Anna Danczak, Marko Kekkonen, Rodrigo Serna Guerrero

Contact information for the course (valid 25.09.2020-21.12.2112):

  • D.Sc. Anna Danczak,  anna.danczak(at)
  • D.Sc. Jari Aromaa,  jari.aromaa(at)
  • D.Sc. Marko Kekkonen,  marko.kekkonen(at)

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    At this course, the students get an idea of a basic components of metals recycling technologies.

    Utilization of secondary raw materials to produce new products by learning the corresponding recycling processes steps including aspects of mechanical pre-processing, pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy. The students learn to draw recycling processes with HSC Sim program and evaluate best technologies for various recycling cases.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, exercises and group project

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    5 cr = 135 h

    -lectures 24 h

    -lecture preparation, independent study and exam preparation 41 h

    -exercises 40 h

    -group project 30 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Will be announced at the opening lecture. Some chapters from Handbook of Recycling, UNEP Report on Metal Recycling

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-E6120 Systems Integrated and Sustainable Metals Production

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Previous studies in chemistry or (metallurgical) process technology or equivalent can be useful.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption