Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management // Montanuniversitaet Leoben

Working group "Mineral Waste, Landfill and Contaminated Sites"

Increasing shortage of primary resources requires a change of the waste economy towards a resource economy so that waste gains more and more importance as a secondary resource. On the other hand, this circular economy holds the danger of dissipation of contaminants. Consequently, the aim of the working group is to foster material and energy recycling of wastes avoiding harmful impact on the environment.

Cr-distribution in a steel slag

The focuses of the working group are characterization of currently produced mineral wastes and by-products (e.g. artifical mineral fibres, residues of waste incineration and waste water treatment, metallurgical slags (Fig. 1)) with respect to a use as resources (e.g. construction materials or metals). On the other hand already deposited waste (e.g. household and industrial waste) are investigated with respect to energy and material recycling („Landfill Mining“ (LFM) (Fig. 2)). In this context besides scientific and technical also economical and legal aspects are investigated.

Hand sorting within Landfill Mining

Finally, the working group develops innovative remediation concepts (Fig. 3) for cases where contaminated sites were generated because of incorrect waste disposal or contaminant release by other causes.

Soil column experiements regarding chromate reduction


Research projects

The following research projects are/were settled in this working group:


Working Group Members

Mineralische Abfaelle

Kueppers - Zoom 1 Bastian Küppers, MSc.
Landfill mining and sensory-supported sorting

Neuhold - Zoom 1 Dipl.-Ing. Simone Neuhold

Sattler - Zoom 1 Theresa Sattler, MSc.
Geotechnics and mineralogy

Sedlazeck - Zoom 1 Philipp Sedlazeck, MSc.
Side remediation and wastewater treatment

Vollprecht - Zoom 1 Ass.Prof. Daniel Vollprecht (WG-leader)
Resource potential and enviromental impact of mineral residues


With the following form you can directly contact the working group leader Mr Ass.Prof. Daniel Vollprecht.

Daniel Vollprecht

Daniel Vollprecht

Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Min. Dr.rer.nat.
Scientific staff

Phone: +43 3842 / 402-5110
Cell: +43 676 / 84 53 86-810
Fax: +43 3842 / 402-5102
E-mail: daniel.vollprecht@unileoben.ac.at


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