I was first introduced to mining industry in 2004 when, as a M.Sc. student, I had the opportunity to visit the apatite mine of Kemira GrowHow Oyj in Siilinjärvi, Eastern Finland. Environmental chemistry and geology were the areas of my interests throughout my M.Sc. studies, which eventually led to a master’s thesis dealing with phosphorus sorption by phlogopite-rich tailings from the Siilinjärvi mine.
The investigations carried out with phosphorus inspired me to continue working with the tailings as a Ph.D. student. I was granted a Ph.D. degree in 2013 with my doctoral dissertation handling the utilisation of the mine tailinings from Siilinjärvi as a remediation agent for lead-contaminated shooting range soils and as a sorbent of phosphorus in wastewater treatment.
I am nowadays working as a post-doctoral researcher in the University of Helsinki. I am particularly interested in the utilisation of by-products from mining and other industries in environmental applications and in finding novel and sustainable solutions to the management of industrial wastes.