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Water Footprint and Thermodynamics Fundamentals for LCA Simulations

This upskilling program in low-temperature thermodynamics focuses on water solution chemistry and water footprint, as well as high-temperature thermodynamics in pyrometallurgy and inorganic process chemistry.

Throughout the program, participants will be immersed in cutting-edge insights sourced from both academic research and industrial expertise. Participants may choose to complete this program as a standalone or join the Certificate in Advanced LCA Simulation that this program is a part of.



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EIT Raw Materials
Aalto University
Metso Outotec
TU Bergakademi Freiberg
University of Bordeaux
Wroclaw University of Science and Technology
Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. VTT

The program supports the EU’s sustainable products initiative to make products placed on the EU market more sustainable. It provides product designers with knowledge and tools to understand how they can adjust existing material cycles and design new processes to optimize the environmental performance of batteries while maintaining their functional quality. Applications include electronic equipment such as computers, phones, and tablets, the automotive and aeronautic sectors, and sustainable energy-related technologies.

The program is designed and developed by Aalto University, Metso Outotec Finland Oy, TU Bergakademi Freiberg, University of Bordeaux, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. VTT and Aalto University Executive Education.

Learning Outcomes

After the completion of this program, the participant will have obtained calculation skills in the following:

  • Life Cycle Assessment with OpenLCA focusing on Carbon and Water footprints
  • Mass and energy balances and CRM recovery of sedimentary ores, water, chemical and mineral components for mineral and metal processes
  • Life Cycle Inventory of water with the aim to approach Closed loop water systems, materials streams, dust emission, benchmarking, and improvement potential of production processes
  • Thermodynamics simulations based on Pitzer model, ChemSheet, and Calphad
  • Low-temperature thermodynamics phenomenon predictions on hydrometallurgy, water solution chemistry, and water footprint
  • High-temperature thermodynamics phenomenon predictions on pyrometallurgy and inorganic process chemistry

Program Structure

This program consists of four interactive live online sessions focusing on different topics. Between sessions, participants will work on assignments that help apply the learning.

January 7, 2025
10.00-12.45 (EET)
Fundamentals of Chemical Thermodynamics and Thermodynamic Modeling
January 14, 2025
10.00-12.45 (EET)
Thermodynamics for High-Temperatures and Aqueous Systems
January 21, 2025
10.00-12.45 (EET)
Solubilities in Aqueous Solutions
January 28, 2025
10.00-12.45 (EET)
Thermodynamic Modeling with Chemsheet
February 4, 2025
10.00-12.45 (EET)
Thermodynamic Modeling with Chemsheet
February 11, 2025
10.00-12.45 (EET)
Water Footprint
February 18, 2025
10.00-12.45 (EET)
Water Footprint
February 25, 2025
10.00-12.45 (EET)
Water Footprint


This program is designed for engineering, chemistry, and geology professionals working on process and product design, consultant enterprises, and authorities in public administration in the EU. 

Their work can consist of, e.g., process or product design, R&D, or production of HSE (health, safety, and environment). The program is targeted at the process industry and the battery and electronic equipment manufacturing industries.

Program Fee and Registration

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