Recycling management, environmental protection, resource protection, climate protection, material flow management, waste treatment, emissions from waste disposal plants, biological exhaust air purification, biogas, fermentation, composting, microplastics in the environment, food waste, waste avoidance, reuse, material and energy recovery, disposal, material flow management.

The protection of resources and the climate as a natural basis for life are essential challenges for the future.

Within the framework of our research, we meet these challenges. We take a holistic view of the material flows that result from the use of resources as waste. Our goals are the efficient use of resources and recycling management. This starts with waste avoidance and continues with preparation for recycling, material and biological recycling and ends with environmentally relevant disposal.

This also includes dealing with emissions from waste treatment.

"Biological waste air purification" is represented in a separate department.

Focus of the research:

  • Modelling, simulation and evaluation of waste management systems and concepts as well as potential assessments including resource management and climate protection aspects
  • Biotechnical processes for waste treatment (composting, fermentation), especially under the approaches of process modelling, process simulation of anaerobic systems, process optimisation and inclusion of regenerative energy generation from waste and renewable raw materials
  • Studies on food waste and development of waste prevention strategies
  • Laser-supported non-contact measurement methods for the determination of surface methane emissions and model-supported freight considerations
  • Stabilization of landfills by in-situ aerobilization
  • Analysis of waste and exhaust air
  • Investigation and evaluation of decentralized waste disposal systems for combined waste water and waste treatment with energy generation (waste water and waste-free processes (e.g. for tourism regions, islands)
  • Infrastructure development in tomorrow's megacities, especially in developing and emerging countries.
  • Scientific support for the implementation of sustainable material flow management systems and waste management technologies.
  • Recovery of phosphorus from sewage sludge ash by thermo-chemical processes



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Carmen Mörk


Secretary Chair of Waste Management and Emissions

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