Our research portfolio
On average, the Institute of Mineral and Waste Processing, Recycling and Circular Economy Systemsis working on 20 grant research projects and a number of contract research projects in parallel.
The main focus of the research activities, which are currently supervised by the scientific staff, are the fields
- Recycling of mining deposits (tailings)
- Recycling of production residues (mainly metals)
- Recycling of old products from the high-tech sector (end-of-life vehicles, electronic scrap, batteries)
- Material flow management of waste and secondary raw materials
- Development of network structures in recycling
The projects cover the entire spectrum from basic research to application-oriented developments.
The following projects are examples of this:
Circular Region and Material Flow Management
We develop regional solutions for the circular economy and exchange experiences with other regions. We use material flow management methods for regional solutions as well as for systems without a regional reference.
Circular Economy of Batteries - Working Group Leader M. Sc. Kirstin Schneider
We analyze the value chain of batteries and develop recycling processes for a sustainable circular economy.
Processing of materials by physico-chemical treatment - Working Group Leader Dr.-Ing. Andrea Haas
We develop separation solutions for fine grained and strongly intergrown primary raw materials and waste by special physical and physico-chemical treatment in particular by flotation.
Processing of materials by mechanical (physical) treatment - Working Group Leader Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Gaun
We develop separation solutions for complex primary and secondary raw materials using mechanical/physical treatment processes.