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November 25, 2021 | 17:30 - 19:00

Robotized disassembly of electro-mechanical equipment for better recycling


A robotized production society must be followed by a robotized recycling society in order to cope with the increasing amounts of e-waste ecologically and economically.

Portrait Saulo Seabra
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Saulo H. Freitas Seabra da Rocha

Prof. Seabra works and researches in the field of alternative fuels, biomass processing and recycling concepts for residues. His expertise is in the field of mechanical and thermal process engineering, especially agglomeration techniques and thermal conversion processes.

After completing his metallurgy studies at the University Federal de Minas Gerais, he obtained his PhD in 2010 at the “Cokemaking teaching and research area” of RWTH Aachen University on the topic of “Investigations on the briquetting of metallurgical residues for reuse in blast furnaces for iron and steel production”.

During his time in Aachen, he founded Blackballs Technologies GmbH in 2004 as a spin-off of RWTH and works in the field of mechanical and thermal process engineering (engineering and construction of machines and plants incl. documentation and approval procedures).

Since October 2011, he has been a professor at the Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences at the Institute of Energy Systems and Energy Economics with a teaching focus on environmental and process engineering. There, he continues to conduct research in the field of fuels, residue recycling and biomass utilization and heads the institute’s analytics laboratories and the CDEL (Circular Digital Economy Lab), a development and demonstration laboratory to explore techno-economic approaches to circular value creation. He is also the director for the Energy and Environmental Engineering (B.Sc.) program and a member of the HRW Research and Transfer Commission.

Other speakers

Michael Maurer

Senior Project Manager | ZECH Umwelt GmbH