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Institut für Umwelt- und
Oberseestrasse 10
8640 Rapperswil
Tel. +41 (0)58 257 48 60

Raw Materials and Process Engineering

At the Department of Raw Materials and Process Engineering we focus on the mechanical processing of primary and secondary raw materials.With our uniquely equipped processing laboratory we are able to develop innovative processes for the separation of solid materials and phase separation. UMTEC is Switzerland's most well known university institute active in the field of waste recycling. We have a solid track record working on projects carried out for industrial partners and environmental institutions. Numerous patents attest our innovative potential.

Our Core-Expertise

  • Extraction of rare elements, in particular gold and neodymium, from e-waste
  • Recovery of metals from waste incineration residues
  • Research and process development in the area of thermal waste processing
  • Examination and analysis of residuals
  • Development of innovative machines and processes for the separation of bulk solids
  • Studies on cleaner production of metals from ores and wastes

Ready for Innovation?

  • Are you planning a processing plant for primary- or secondary raw materials?
  • Are you interested in optimizing an existing production plant?
  • Are you considering outsourcing R&D activities?
  • Would you like to benefit not only from the vast know-how of our group but also from state funding (for example by the Commission of Technology and Innovation, CTI)?

Get in touch - we look forward to hearing from you!


Head of Department Raw Materials and Process Engineering: Prof. Dr. Rainer Bunge