Center for Circular Economy


Dr.-Ing. Mohammad Chehadé

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The Center for Circular Economy (CCE) bundles the expertise of all faculties of RWTH Aachen University on sustainable circular economy. Trans- and interdisciplinary methods are developed for the process optimisation of the three main areas of the CCE: sustainable product design during production, business models during product use and material recovery during product recycling. The development of these methods is carried out through the interdisciplinary cooperation of a wide range of institutes, some of which look at different stages of the life cycle or the same stages in different sectors. The different technical backgrounds of the institutes thereby enable the development of a comprehensive understanding of Circular Economy and thus abstraction from the individual application.

On the one hand, we understand Circular Economy to mean the highest possible conservation of value of goods by repurposing the application, refurbishing, repairing, rebuilding or reusing them partially after their primary use. On the other hand, it is important to develop products, goods and materials in a manner that the fullest possible recycling of raw materials into the production process is possible with minimal energy consumption and emissions. Only this holistic consideration of a wide variety of factors can lead to product cycles being closed and alternative life cycles being compared. Together with research, industry, politics and the population, the CCE is developing innovative solutions for the circular value creation of the future.


Associated Institutes belong to all ten faculties


Intzestraße 3

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Phone: +49 176 705 49513

  • System
    • System Analysis
      • Technical
      • Economical
      • Ecological
      • Social Science
    • Life Cycle Assessment
    • Innovation and Exnovation in the Transformation of Structures
    • Well to Wheel
    • Acceptance of Critical Infrastructure
    • Technology - based system analysis
  • Resources
    • Renewable Energy
      • Wind
      • Solar
      • Geothermics
      • Biomass
      • Water
    • Materials
      • Water
      • Inorganic Substances
      • CO2
      • Recyling of Polymers
      • Biomass
  • Infrastructure
    • Storage
      • Battery
      • Chemical Storage
      • Thermal Storage
      • Overarching topics
    • Grids & Networks
      • Integration
      • Flexibilization
      • Security
  • Conversion
    • Supply
      • Non-Fossil Carbon Sources
      • Fuel Cells
      • Electrolysis
      • Power Plant Technologies
      • Photochemical, Solarthermal & Electrochemical Processes
      • Energy to Chemicals
    • Consumption
      • Residental Buildings
      • Industry
      • Transport & Agriculture

Profile Area ECPE

The provision of sustainable energy and materials is clearly one of the major global challenges which were identified in the future strategy of RWTH Aachen University. The profile area Energy, Chemical & Process Engineering (ECPE) addresses the two most important pathways to achieve this goal: Improvements in energy and material efficiency and the transition to renewable sources.

More information on the profile area's key topics can be found here.

RWTH Aachen Profile Areas

RWTH Aachen University is convinced that in order to solve today's complex and multi-faceted problems, universities have to develop appropriate, integrated approaches. The Profile Areas are designed to address interdisciplinary topics and thus to enhance the University’s capability to engage in significant research activities and take on large-scale projects.


Are you interested in the Profile Area ECPE? Do you have suggestions? Feel free to contact the Profile Area coordinator Stefan Sterlepper: