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Ville-Valtteri Visuri

Associate Professor, Deputy Head
Process Metallurgy Research Unit
University of Oulu

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Ville-Valtteri Visuri is a tenure track Associate Professor of Sustainable Primary Metallurgy of Steelmaking and Deputy Head of the Process Metallurgy Research Unit at the University of Oulu. He works also as an Academy Research Fellow funded by the Research Council of Finland.

His research is focused on the study of the chemical and physical fundamentals of steelmaking processes, particularly electric arc furnaces, converters and ladles, using mathematical modelling, computational thermodynamics and high-temperature experiments. Working in collaboration with the metals industry and international research groups, Visuri has contributed to shaping research projects funded by both national and international funding bodies. He has received several highly competitive grants, including a scholarship by the National Graduate School in Chemical Engineering, a PostDocs in Companies grant by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, as well as a Postdoctoral Researcher Grant and an Academy Research Fellow Grant by the Research Council of Finland. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications and served as an instructor or examiner of several doctoral theses.

Alongside his main occupation, Visuri has been appointed to several positions of trust. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the Board in the Division of Metallurgical Engineers, which is with its over 1000 registered members the largest division of the Finnish Association of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers. He is also the Deputy Head of the Research Community for Steel Production, Fabrication and Applications at the University of Oulu and the Vice-Chairman of the Board at the Oulu University Society. Visuri is affiliated with three SMEs: Luxmet Oy, Teknoventure Oy, and Hannu Luukinen Oy. Most recently, he has served as an expert witness for a steelmaking company in court of arbitration in Austria.

Before his current position, Visuri worked as a Research and Development Manager at Outokumpu Stainless Oy, where he led a modelling department based in Tornio and Krefeld, and as Senior Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Researcher in the Process Metallurgy Research Unit at the University of Oulu. He conducted his postdoctoral and doctoral research visits at the RWTH Aachen University. He holds the Title of Docent in Process Metallurgy for the topic Modelling of Reaction Kinetics in Pyrometallurgy, a doctoral degree in Process Engineering, as well as master's and bachelor's degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management; all from the University of Oulu. He has also completed coursework at Aalto University, Technical University of Munich, University of Helsinki, and Åbo Akademi University. His professional working languages are Finnish, English, and German – for the latter of which he holds the Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom – but he also speaks some Swedish and elementary Russian.