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



Egle, L., Rechberger, H., Krampe, J. and Zessner, M. (2016) Phosphorus recovery from municipal wastewater: An integrated comparative technological, environmental and economic assessment of P recovery technologies. Science of The Total Environment 571, 522-542.


Zoboli, O., Zessner, M, and Rechberger, H. (2016) Supporting phosphorus management in Austria: Potential, priorities and limitations. Science of the Total Environment, 565, 313-323. 

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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 (