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II-Sustainable Material Recycling

Course Code :2018FTIKOO
Study domain:Chemistry
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:24
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Pieter Billen

3. Course contents *

Aside from an in-depth introduction describing the concept of sustainability, the course will cover two main domains: : (1) the technological opportunities for material recycling and (2) instruments for (integrated) sustainability assessment.

The technological possibilities for recycling are highlighted from both current practice as well as international state-of-the-art research. Both organic and inorganic materials are discussed.  

The instruments for sustainability assessment are predominantly life cycle assessment (LCA), to estimate the environmental impact, and tchno-economic analysis, to evaluate the economic performance. Different metrics are discussed, as well as methods to integrate both sustainability aspects.

The last part of the course focuses on hands-on integration of sustainability aspects within engineering and design, by e.g. mathematical optimization methods.