Material and Energy valorisation of waste in a Circular Economy

Dieter Stapf



Contact details:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Stapf
Head of Institute

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Institute for Technical Chemistry
Chair of High Temperature Process Engineering

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

Telefon: +49 721 608-29270
Fax: +49 721 608-24373


A bio:

Dieter holds a chair in High Temperature Process Engineering at the KIT faculty of Chemical Engineering and is head of the Institute for Technical Chemistry. His main fields of expertise are thermochemical conversion of waste to chemicals, of waste to energy and of biogenic energy carriers. He focusses on pyrolysis, gasification, and combustion technology research as well as on techno-economical process evaluation and energy system analysis. Prof. Stapf has over 20 years of working experience with thermochemical processing in industry and academia.

IEA expectations:

My expectations in the triennium 2019 – 2021 of Germany’s participation to the IEA bioenergy Task 36 are to contribute to the envisaged raw material change in the energy system and in industrial production by replacing fossil feedstocks with sustainable biomass and with recycled end-of-life goods. Specifically, clarifying the role of waste management to achieving the global climate goals and the striving for a circular economy shall be investigated.

My key interests in this triennium lay with chemical recycling of mixed plastic wastes and with co-processing of waste and biomass, as these waste feedstocks provide opportunities with achieving national and EU recycling goals due to their often negative prices.