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Published: 2022-03-17

Student receives award for Master's thesis

NEWS The Swedish Flame Research Committee, SFRC, has decided to award the prize for outstanding degree project in 2021 to Amanda Vikström, M.Sc. in Energy Engineering.

Text: Anna-Lena Lindskog

Electric heating in combination with carbon dioxide capture has been identified as a possible path to carbon-neutral production of cement, an important step towards building sustainable societies. Prior to this enormous process shift, new knowledge is required to understand how the changed process environment will affect product quality.

With her acclaimed degree project, Amanda Vikström has studied how two different simulated process solutions affect the product's chemical phase composition and properties. The results show that the proposed solutions are chemically possible, but that they may require changes in the process regarding parameters such as time and temperature to achieve the desired product quality. These aspects require further study and experimentation, something that Amanda Vikström will contribute during her recently started doctoral education.

Amanda Vikström has been accepted as a doctoral student at the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics since 1 January 2022. The research is conducted within the framework of the Centre for Sustainable Cement and Quicklime Production at Umeå University. The project is funded by the Industrial Doctoral School at Umeå University and Cementa AB.