Director Institute Branch Sulzbach-Rosenberg

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthais Franke

Professor Dr.-Ing. Matthias Franke heads the Sulzbach-Rosenberg branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT. Franke graduated from the University of Rostock with a degree in engineering in land culture and environmental protection and subsequently obtained his doctorate in waste management. At Fraunhofer UMSICHT and its legal predecessor ATZ Development Center, he headed the Circular Economy Department for more than ten years. His main areas of work include the development of waste management and resource strategies as well as the energy and material recycling of waste and residual materials.

More recent fields of research that Matthias Franke has established at the institute include the chemical recycling of composite materials such as electronic scrap or glass and carbon fiber reinforced plastics, conversion processes for biomass and biogenic residues into fuels, basic chemicals and biocarbonates as well as the decontamination of construction waste using thermal processes.

Curriculum vitae  

since 3/2021

Director Fraunhofer UMSICHT, Institute Branch
since 2024 Member of the Bavarian Bioeconomy Expert Council
since 2019 Member of the ERA Energy from Waste Policy Commission of the Energy Research Accelerator, University of Birmingham, UK
2018 - 2020 Deputy Director Fraunhofer UMSICHT, Institute Branch
since 2017 Honorary Professorship at University of Birmingham,
School of Chemical Engineering
2013 - 2019 Member of the board German Association for Waste Management
since 2010 Member of German Association for Waste Management
2009 - 2020 Head of Department Recycling Management, ATZ Entwicklungszentrum (until 2012), since 2012 Fraunhofer UMSICHT, Institute Branch Sulzbach-Rosenberg
since 2009 Lecturer at the Technical University of Munich – International Study Course on Waste Management
2006 - 2009 Deputy Head Department Biological Process Engineering, ATZ Entwicklungszentrum, transformed to Fraunhofer UMSICHT, Institute Branch Sulzbach-Rosenberg 
2000 - 2006 EuRec Technology GmbH Merkers, Germany,
Manufacturer of mechanical waste treatment plants
Sales and Distribution
2000 - 2004 University of Rostock, Graduate Research Assistant, leading to the Dr.-Ing. 
1995 - 2000 University of Rostock, study of land cultivation and environmental protection, leading to the Dipl.-Ing.