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Dr. Tesfaye is a Senior Researcher with the title of Docent in metallurgical thermodynamics in the Johan Gadolin Process Chemistry Centre at Åbo Akademi University. He received his M.Sc. degree in materials processing technology and Ph.D. degree in metallurgy from Aalto University. His research activities are focused mainly on the thermodynamic investigation of inorganic materials as well as rigorous theoretical and experimental investigations for promoting improved valuable metals and renewable energy production. Dr. Tesfaye was also appointed as a Visiting Research Scientist in Seoul National University, South Korea, for 6 months (2018).

Dr. Tesfaye edited many scientific research books, and serves as Subject Editor for high-impact journals like JOM (Springer Nature). He is an active member of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), and is a winner of the 2018 TMS Young Leader Award. His personal research achievements include significant improvement of experimental research applying the solid-state EMF technique for thermodynamic studies, as well as remarkable contribution for promoting the move towards the circular economy. In his research areas, Dr. Tesfaye has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications.


  • Lecture: co-lecturing on the following courses: Chemical Thermodynamics (5 ECTS), Chemistry and Society (5 ECTS), Inorganic Materials (5 ECTS), and Inorganic Industrial Chemistry (5 ECTS)
  • Supervision: supervisor of both undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as postdocs.

Research interests

Dr. Tesfaye's professional interest is research & teaching in the areas of circular economy of materials and renewable energy.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Process Metallurgist, Metso Outotec Finland Oy

1 Mar 2022 → …

Vice Chair of TMS Energy Committee, TMS - The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society | http://www.tms.org

15 Feb 202214 Feb 2024

Subject Editor, JOM (Springer Nature) - The Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)

Mar 2019 → …


  • QD Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Circular Economy of Materials
  • Metallurgical Thermodynamics
  • Pyrometallurgy
  • Recycling

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