Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.

Helmut Rechberger
Tel.: +43-1-58801-22645

Centre for Water Resource Systems,
Vienna University of Technology,
Karlsplatz 13/222, A-1040 Vienna, Austria

Institute for Water Quality, Resource and Waste Management,

Vienna University of Technology, Karlsplatz 13/226, A-1040 Vienna, Austria



Zoboli, O., Viglione, A., Rechberger, H. and Zessner, M. 2015. Impact of reduced anthropogenic emissions and century flood on the phosphorus stock, concentrations and loads in the Upper Danube, Science of the Total Environment, 518–519, 117–129.

Egle, L., Zoboli, O., Thaler, S., Rechberger, H. and Zessner, M. 2014. The Austrian P budget as a basis for resource optimization, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 83, 152– 162 doi 10.1016/j.resconrec.2013.09.009

Sobantka, A.P., Thaler, S., Zessner, M. and Rechberger, H. 2013. Extended statistical entropy analysis for the evaluation of nitrogen budgets in Austria, International Journal of Environmental Science & Technology, 11(7), 1947-1958, DOI 10.1007/s13762-013-0401-2


Sobantka, A., Zessner, M. and Rechberger, H. 2012. The extension of statistical entropy analysis to chemical compounds. Entropy, 14, 2413-2426. 

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Prof. Helmut Rechberger





Prof. Rechberger is the Head of the Research Centre for Waste and Resource Management. He teaches courses in Urban Metabolism, Resource Management, scientific Evaluation Methods, Waste Management and Technology, Waste Incineration.


Research Interests


• Material flow analysis
• Waste and resource management
• Scientific and technical evaluation methods
• Urban metabolism
• Anthropogenic metabolism
• Industrial ecology
• Recycling and waste treatment technologies

Prof. Rechberger’s research interests: further development of evaluation methods and concepts in waste and resource management including statistical entropy and thermodynamic-based approaches; introduction of mathematical-statistical tools of material flow analysis to consider data uncertainty and error propagation; cost accounting in combination with material flow analysis; method development for the characterization of mixed wastes with regard to relevance for greenhouse-gas emissions; environmental impacts of resource utilization; recovery of valuable substances from ashes and slag; investigation of morphological and chemical composition of urban stocks including dynamics.

Key Facts


Helmut Rechberger holds a Diploma in Process Engineering (1994) and a Doctorate in Waste Management and Technology (1999), both from Vienna University of Technology. Further professional education as Post-doc and senior scientist followed at Yale University and ETH Zurich. In 2003 he was appointed Professor for Resource Management at TU Wien where he is leading the Center of Waste and Resource Management since 2010. He is the co-author of the Practical Handbook of Material Flow Analysis (the first and only textbook on MFA) and head of the STAN project (