Otmar Deubzer holds a degree in medicine from the University of Erlangen and an M.Sc. in environmental engineering from the Berlin Institute of Technology. He completed his Ph.D. studies in 2007 at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands with an evaluation of the ecological and economical consequences of the RoHS Directive ban on lead in electronics.
Otmar has been working with the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM) and the Berlin Institute of Technology since 1997. From 1999 to 2001 he worked at the University of Tokyo in Japan where he researched the economical and ecological impacts of material bans in electronics products as stipulated in the European RoHS Directive.
At Fraunhofer IZM he has been working for the European Commission on the review of the exemptions from material bans in the End-of-Life Vehicles Directive and the RoHS Directive since 2005. Otmar has also been active as an international consultant for key industry players on European legislation — mainly the RoHS-, WEEE- and REACH Directives.
Since 2008 Otmar holds a position as a guest professor lecturing on industrial sustainability at the Technical University of Cottbus in Germany and as consultant to the SCYCLE operating unit of the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). His research and other activities focus on end-of-life quality standards for e-waste and on international consulting on e-waste management.