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Seit WiSe 2021/22


Advanced Recycling Technologies


Rotter, Vera Susanne




Fakultät III

Institut für Technischen Umweltschutz

33331700 FG Kreislaufwirtschaft und Recyclingtechnologie

MSc Technischer Umweltschutz


Z 2

Scholz, Johannes Roland


Learning Outcomes

After the successful completion of the module the students: - understand societal and industrial relevance resource flows and the demand for mineral and metal raw materials, - are familiar with assessment methods for the geological and socio-economic availability and supply risks for raw materials - have a good overview and technical knowledge of primary and secondary supply and production of relevant materials such as steel, aluminum, copper, precious metals, phosphate, plastics etc., - understand the impact of impurities in recycling processes and are able to suggest removal steps, - can address challenges in industrial recycling processes, - are able to assess and improve the recyclability of complex products, - are able to conceptualize and execute the appropriate experimental design for specific research questions or hypotheses in the field of circular economy and recycling technologies - are able to plan and design experiments based on concepts and fundamentals taught in the module "Advanced Recycling Technologies I" - are able to collect and critically assess empirical data sets - are capable to apply resource management tools and statistical data analysis tools - are able to write scientific reports or journal articles and familiarize with the procedure of peer review processes - are able to scientifically present results - know to apply resource management tools such as MFA and other statistical process modeling tools for planning recycling strategies - are able to apply the acquired knowledge in a broader environmental perspective The module’s qualification profile is : 30% knowledge and understanding, 20% development and design, 20% research and evaluation, 30% practical application


- Framework for geological resource classification and criticality assessment - Fundamentals on primary and secondary production (recycling) of materials (e.g. steel, aluminum, copper, precious metals, specialty metals, plastics, and phosphate) - Demand for and use of metals and minerals in society - Quantification of resource potentials in end-of-life flows - Advanced sorting technologies - Recycling-oriented product characterization - Analytical tools in Resource Management (Material Flow Analysis, Recycling Performance Indicators, Recyclability Assessment, Criticality Assessment) - Data management and statistical analysis of uncertainties - Insights in ongoing research and development in the field of circular economy and recycling technologies - Scientific practices - such as formulation of hypotheses, experimental design, statistical tools, and other assessment methods - Experimental and analytical techniques for characterizing waste flows, waste-derived products, and recycling processes - Tools for data management and presentation - Competences for presentations - Scientific writing

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course NameTypeNumberCycleLanguageSWSVZ
Advanced recycling technologies ISEMWiSeEnglish2
Tools in resource management and planningUEWiSeEnglish1
Advanced recycling technologies IISEMWiSe/SoSeEnglish2
Project recycling technologiesPRWiSe/SoSeEnglish1

Workload and Credit Points

Advanced recycling technologies I (SEM):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
55.0h(~2 LP)
Preparation and follow-up work15.01.0h15.0h

Tools in resource management and planning (UE):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
70.0h(~3 LP)

Advanced recycling technologies II (SEM):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
35.0h(~2 LP)

Project recycling technologies (PR):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
145.0h(~5 LP)
Planing and data evaluation for semester project1.045.0h45.0h
Preparation of poster presentation1.010.0h10.0h
Result documentation in form of an scientific article1.050.0h50.0h
Experimental project work1.040.0h40.0h

Course-independent workload:

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
55.0h(~2 LP)
Preparation of exam (ART I)1.055.0h55.0h
The Workload of the module sums up to 360.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 12 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

The course ART I will be held as a weekly seminar where students learn the fundamentals and the state-of-art in recycling technologies. Exercises show the practical application of various resource management tools, as well as the practical laboratory training, exposes the students to the complexity of gaining empirical data for raw material management. The contents of the exercises are practically applied in the preparation of a total of 4 graded assignments. An excursion is complementing theoretical knowledge with practical experience. In the course ART II, the student groups apply the methods and tools learned in the module "Advanced Recycling Technologies I" to projects which are closely linked to ongoing research projects at the Chair of Circular Economy and Recycling Technology. With several seminars during the semester, lecturers give input to experimental design, data processing, statistical analysis, visualization, and scientific writing. The students formulate research questions and plan, design and apply scientific methods and data collection strategies accordingly. Results will be presented and discussed at a mid-term and a final poster presentation session and documented in a written report following standards of scientific peer-reviewed publication writing. The students receive feedback from independent reviewers which they have to address in a second revision in order to practice common procedures of scientific publishing.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

English C1 or equivalent Modul 30109 (Grundlagen der Kreislaufwirtschaft) or equivalent passed for ART II: Successful participation in the module Advanced Recycling Technologies I, not necessarily completed (oral exam). Parallel participation in ART I and ART II is possible.

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

No information

Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 Punkte insgesamt



Test elements

Submission of 4 graded assignments20writtenNo information
oral exam30oral30
mid-term presentation + discussion5oral10 + 10
final presentation + discussion10oral20 + 20
term paper (scientific article)35writtenNo information

Grading scale

Test description (Module completion)

To complete the module students must: - Submit in total 4 written and graded assignments. - In an oral exam, they present their specific knowledge and ability to reflect the exercises relative to their methodology and results. - Accomplish a mid-term presentation, a final presentation and a written report (scientific paper)

Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
2 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:
Winter- und Sommersemester.

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 30.

Registration Procedures

For the registration for the examination please use the online service QISPOS. Participants should register in advance to the first tasks which are relevant for the examination, however not later than the 30th of November. Die Anmeldung der Portfolio-Prüfung erfolgt über QISPOS. Die Anmeldung muss bis einen Werktag vor Erbringen der ersten bewertungsrelevanten Teilleistung, spätestens jedoch bis zum 30. November erfolgen.

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

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Assigned Degree Programs

This module is used in the following Degree Programs (new System):

Studiengang / StuPOStuPOsVerwendungenErste VerwendungLetzte Verwendung
Technischer Umweltschutz (M. Sc.)14WiSe 2021/22SoSe 2023
Werkstoffwissenschaften (M. Sc.)14WiSe 2021/22SoSe 2023


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