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Waste Science and Technology

We develop solutions to waste related problems in society and industry, often the starting point will be an advanced waste characterization which will enable us to predict how a waste will be influenced by, and will influence, its environment in a short and a long time perspective.

We use a wide range of biological, chemical, mechanical and physical processes and techniques, depending on the treatment needs and system requirements. We also work on topics bordering the social sciences, e g on the evaluation and development of source separation systems.

The research subject was established in 1980, and is thus one of the worlds longest standing research groups in waste management. The group was recently ranked by the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) as the top 9 most relevant group worldwide publishing in the subject of waste management. Today we are six supervisors in the group with professor qualifications. In the working group there is also permanent laboratory staff and variable number of post docs, PhD-students, MSc-students, visiting researchers and interns.

From the start we have taught more than a thousand master students and examined 30+ research degrees in Waste Science and Technology. We have developed about a years worth of courses for the BSc and MSc level as well as some courses for PhD-students.

Handan Aydin from Izmir in Turkey Photo: Privat
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Olivkärnor och sand ska ersätta miljöskadlig granulat på fotbollsplaner i Luleå
In the media: Olive kernels and sand will replace environmentally harmful granules on football turfs

In addition to the municipality and the two municipally owned companies Lumire and Lulebo, Luleå University of Technology is also involved in the project.

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