Deubzer, Otmar

Scientific Advisor

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  • Otmar Deubzer
    Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE)
    +49-(0)30-417 258 33

    Research Interests

    • E-Waste
    • Ressource Efficiency
    • substitution of hazardous and critical metals in electrical and electronic equipment


    • Ph.D., Explorative Study into the Sustainable Use and Substitution of Soldering Metals in Electronics - Ecological and Economical Consequences of the Ban of Lead in Electronics and Lessons to Be Learned for the Future; Faculty of Industrial Design, TU Delft, The Netherlands
    • Diploma in Engineering (Master) in Environmental Engineering at TU Berlin, Germany
    • Pre-diploma (Bachelor) in Medicine, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

    Biographical Statement

    Dr. 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 with SCYCLE since 2008. Within the SCYCLE team, he is the main responsible for e-waste management in developing countries, in particular Africa.

    Otmar has been working also with the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM) and the Berlin Institute of Technology since 1997. His main tasks there are the review of the exemptions from material restrictions in the European 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.

    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. From 2008 to 2012, Otmar lectured Industrial Sustainability at the Technical University of Cottbus in Germany as a visiting professor.

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