Sustainable Products & Material Flows

Dr. Martin Möller

Senior Researcher

Special Expertise

Main areas of research: sustainability assessment of technologies, materials systems and products/services


  • Sustainability assessment of technologies, materials systems and products/services
  • Ecological and economic optimisation of industrial processes and products
  • Sustainability in companies


  • Sustainability assessment based on the Agenda 2030 / Sustainable Development Goals
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and material flow analysis
  • Product Carbon Footprint (PCF)
  • Life Cycle Costing (LCC)
  • Eco-efficiency analysis

Key Projects

  • Development accompanying sustainability analyses in the cross-sectional project for the 'Digital GreenTech' funding measure
  • Further development of a sustainability assessment method based on the sustainability goals of the United Nations (Agenda 2030)
  • Sustainable utilization of resources – requirements for a sustainable bio-based economy as part of the implementation of Agenda 2030/SDGs
  • SME innovative – collaborative project on resource efficiency: UpcyclePET – Development of innovative processes and formulations designed for the upcycling of PET-bottles and blister recyclates for high-tech plastic applications, TV 2: Assessment of sustainability aspects during product development
  • Substitution as a strategy for reducing the criticality of raw materials for environmental technologies – determination of potentials for second best solutions
  • Assessment of applications for exemption from the substance bans under the RoHS Directive
  • Ensuring proper risk evaluation of nanomaterials to foster regulation of their production and use
  • Development of an EMAS sectoral reference document on best environmental management practice for the electrical and electronic equipment manufacturing sector
  • Funding initiative on aquaculture: Process-accompanying sustainability assessment on research and development projects under the DBU funding initiative “Sustainable Aquaculture”
  • Investigation of the effects related to selected nanotechnology-based products on resource and energy requirements
  • Nanomaterials: Impacts on environment and health
  • Pre-procurement and early market creation of emerging technologies (SMART-SPP)
  • Development of thermoplastic circuit boards as a contribution to closed-loop materials management, project coordination and in-process scientific research,
  • Development of thermoplastic printed circuit boards as a contribution to the circular economy (BMBF joint project: Preparation and qualification phase)
  • Life Cycle Analysis on hand-drying systems
  • The EcoTopTen consumer information campaign – innovations for sustainable consumption patterns

Professional Training and Career

  • Since 2023: Responsible Investigator for Cluster of Excellence livMatS (“Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems”) at University of Freiburg
  • 2019-2022: PhD studies on “Development of a tiered methodological framework for a prospective sustainability assessment of novel technologies and material systems (TAPAS)”, University of Freiburg; degree: Dr. rer. nat.
  • 2011-2019: Deputy Head of the Sustainable Products & Material Flows Division 
  • Seit 2002: Researcher at Öko-Institut, Sustainable Products & Material Flows Division
  • 2000-2001: Graduant at Deutsche Bahn AG, Frankfurt
  • 1998-2000: Student Assistant at the Institute for Environmental Engineering, Technische Universität (TU) Berlin
  • 1994-2001: Studies in Environmental Engineering at Technische Universität Berlin; degree: Dipl.-Ing. (Diploma Engineer)

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Dr. Martin Möller