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Aino-Maija Lakaniemi, docent in environmental biotechnology

Aino-Maija Lakaniemi
Doctor of Engineering Aino-Maija Lakaniemi is a docent in environmental biotechnology at Tampere University. She earned her master’s degree at Tampere University of Technology where she also defended her doctoral dissertation on growing and utilising micro algae in energy production. Lakaniemi specialises in biotechnological processes that use naturally occurring micro-organisms, for example, in energy production and the recovery of carbon, nutrients and metals.

“I am currently assisting the dissertation supervision of a couple of bio and circular economy research groups and helping researchers to polish their articles for scientific publications in our field,” Lakaniemi says about her duties as a docent.

As a biotechnology researcher and expert, she wants to have an in-depth understanding of the workings of various processes and how they can be utilised under different conditions.

“Questioning and critical thinking are the starting points of research and innovation. We need a lot of fundamental research and in-depth understanding of different phenomena. Fundamental research creates the basis for new innovations and practical applications. Without the knowledge and understanding created by fundamental research, nothing new can be invented,” Lakaniemi emphasises.

“After the years spent working at the University, I now work at Neste and am involved in developing sustainable and globally scalable raw material and technology solutions for transport fuels and for the production of chemicals and polymers,” she says.

The aim is to reduce crude oil consumption and curb climate change. Many of the methods under development are based on new sources of raw materials, such as agricultural and forestry residues, municipal waste, algae, waste plastics and carbon dioxide that have hitherto been hard to exploit. 

“I want to be involved in the development of new circular economy solutions and in this I am also contributing in my small way to the preservation of the earth’s natural resources for future generations,” Lakaniemi says.

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