Cornelia Merz
Cornelia Merz
Cornelia Merz

Cornelia Merz

Senior Researcher
Resources & Transport

Special Expertise

Research focus: Life Cycle Assessment and material-flow analysis

  • Life Cycle Assessment of technical products and processes
  • Use of renewable raw materials
  • Waste management and recycling

Key Projects

  • Determining climate protection potentials in the circular economy for Germany and the EU as a contribution to achieving the goals of national and international climate protection commitments
    Commissioned by: German Environment Agency (UBA)
  • Study to support the Commission in gathering structured information and defining of reporting obligations on waste oils and other hazardous waste: Part 2 Solvents
    Commissioned by: European Commission, DG Environment
  • P2X: Exploration, validation and implementation of "Power-to-X" concepts (Phase 1) – Life cycle assessment of oxymethylene ether
    Funded by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Berlin
  • Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass (in the framework of the TMFB-cluster at RWTH Aachen) – Accompanying Life Cycle Assessment of different conversion routes
    Commissioned by: RWTH Aachen University
  • LiBRI/LithoRec – LCA on recycling processes for lithium-ion batteries
    Funded by: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Berlin

Professional Training and Career

  • Since February 2010: Researcher at the Oeko-Institut, Resources & Transport Division
  • 2006-2009: Researcher at the Chair of Chemical and Process Engineering, Berlin University of Technology; Research area: Renewable raw materials
  • 1999-2006: Studies and graduation in Energy and Process Engineering at the Berlin University of Technology
  • 11/2005-06/2006: Diploma thesis on greywater treatment at the Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II in Rabat, Morocco
  • 10/2003-07/2004: Studies abroad at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Language Skills

German, English, Spanish, French