Credits: 5

Schedule: 29.10.2019 - 10.12.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Professor Rodrigo Serna

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After completing the course the student can:

- Define the basic concepts of circular economy and successfully apply them within the field of metallic raw materials production

- Understand the different technological steps of metals recycling

- Systemically link processing technologies to understand the physics of resource efficiency

- Simulate basic examples of industrial symbiosis in metal production from secondary raw materials

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

At this course, the students get an idea of a basic components of metals recycling technologies.

Utilization of secondary raw materials to produce new products by learning the corresponding recycling processes steps including aspects of mechanical pre-processing, pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy. The students learn to draw recycling processes with HSC Sim program and evaluate best technologies for various recycling cases.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures, exercises and group project

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

5 cr = 135 h

-lectures 24 h

-lecture preparation, independent study and exam preparation 41 h

-exercises 40 h

-group project 30 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Will be announced at the opening lecture. Some chapters from “Handbook of Recycling”, UNEP Report on Metal Recycling

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

CHEM-E6120 Systems Integrated and Sustainable Metals Production

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Previous studies in chemistry or (metallurgical) process technology or equivalent can be useful.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Fail, 1 - 5


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