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About me

I have a M.Sc. (Tech) degree in Environmental Engineering and am currently working towards my doctoral degree. I'm especially interested in promoting circular economy practices and more sustainable use of our existing resources. My research aims at recovering valuable nutrients, specifically nitrogen, from wastewaters in a reusable form so that they could be recycled back to agricultural use. For this, I'm implementing both bioelectrochemical and electrochemical methods. I also have a growing interest in effective science communication and popularisation and try to continuously get better at them.

Fields of expertise

Environmental engineering, water treatment, circular economy, bioelectrochemistry

Top achievements

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Winner, Tampere University, 2021

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) People's Choice, Tampere University, 2021

Millennium Pitching Contest Finalist, 2021

Main positions of trust

Student representative, Doctoral committee of the Doctoral Programme in Engineering and Natural Sciences, Tampere University, 03-09/2019

Mission statement

My research aims at moving the wastewater treatment focus from removing nutrients to recovering nutrients in reusable forms. In addition to facilitating more efficient nutrient recycling and reuse in agriculture, this approach could simultaneously benefit the wastewater treatment facilities by reducing nutrients loads to the main process.

Research topics

Nutrient recovery from wastewaters in reusable forms using (bio)electrochemical methods; optimising nutrient recovery efficiency while simultaneously removing micropollutants (such as pharmaceutical residues)

Research unit

Materials Science and Environmental Engineering

Research fields

Environmental Engineering


Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation, Tampere University

Selected publications

Koskue, V., Rinta-Kanto, J., Freguia, S., Ledezma, P. & Kokko, M. 2021. Optimising nitrogen recovery from reject water in a 3-chamber bioelectroconcentration cell. Separation and Purification Technology 264.
DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2021.118428

Kokko, M., Koskue, V. & Rintala, J. 2018. Anaerobic digestion of 30-100-year-old boreal lake sedimented fibre from the pulp industry: Extrapolating methane production potential to a practical scale. Water Research 133, pp. 218-226.
DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2018.01.041