Director Institute Branch Sulzbach-Rosenberg

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthais Franke

On 1 March 2021, Professor Dr.-Ing. Matthias Franke took over the management of the Sulzbach-Rosenberg branch of Fraunhofer UMSICHT. Franke graduated in engineering from the University of Rostock with a degree in land culture and environmental protection and subsequently received his doctorate in waste management. At the Fraunhofer Institute branch in Sulzbach-Rosenberg and its legal predecessor, the ATZ Development Centre, he headed the department of recycling management for over 10 years. His main areas of work include the development of waste management and resource strategies as well as the energetic and material recycling of waste and residues. More recent fields of research that Matthias Franke has established at the Institute are the chemical recycling of composite materials such as electronic scrap or glass and cohel fibre-reinforced plastics, as well as the decontamination of construction waste via thermal processes. Since 2017, he has been an honorary professor at the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. Since 2009, he has held a lectureship at the School of Life Sciences at the Technical University of Munich, where he teaches waste management in the international degree programme »Sustainable Resource Management«. 


Curriculum vitae  

since 3/2021

Director Fraunhofer UMSICHT, Institute Branch
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
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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.