Special Issue "Recycled Materials"


A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Guillaume Habert
ETH Zurich Institute for construction and Infrastructure management Chair of Sustainable Construction Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse, 15 IBI/HIL F 27.3 CH-8093 Zürich Switzerland
Website: http://www.ibi.ethz.ch/sc/people/management/habertg
E-Mail: habert@ibi.baug.ethz.ch

Guest Editor
Dr. Viola John
ETH Zurich Institute for construction and Infrastructure management Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse, 15 IBI/HIL F 28.3 CH-8093 Zürich Switzerland
Website: http://www.ibi.ethz.ch/sc/people/assistance/vjohn/index_EN
E-Mail: john@ibi.baug.ethz.ch

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the context of sustainable development and sustainable utilization of materials, the issue of recycling is of particular interest. There are huge amounts of material resources and embodied energy stored in existing building stocks and landfill worldwide. In order to reduce the exploitation of further primary resources and energy in the future, such resources from the human technosphere must be effectively made available for future use. Unfortunately, current concepts of material recycling often do not allow for a true cradle-to-cradle perspective during a material’s lifecycle. Instead, in many cases downcycling of high quality to low-quality material is the only available option. The main focus of the forthcoming special issue is therefore to present inspiring cutting edge concepts and innovative applications of sustainable material recycling and upcycling. We want to show our readers that, by thinking outside the box, it is possible to make a change for a better and more sustainable future development. For this purpose, we intend to collect state-of-the-art research articles and reviews on recycling in engineering, material science and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as well as original strategies for reuse, recycling and upcycling which help to “close the loop”.

Dr. Viola John
Prof. Dr. Guillaume Habert
Guest Editors


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  • material recycling
  • material upcycling
  • cradle-to-cradle
  • life cycle assessment (LCA)
  • sustainable development

Published Papers (3 papers)

by , , ,  and
Materials 2014, 7(7), 5385-5402; doi:10.3390/ma7075385
Received: 12 May 2014; in revised form: 16 July 2014 / Accepted: 21 July 2014 / Published: 23 July 2014
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by , ,  and
Materials 2014, 7(6), 4739-4754; doi:10.3390/ma7064739
Received: 21 April 2014; in revised form: 10 June 2014 / Accepted: 10 June 2014 / Published: 20 June 2014
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by ,  and
Materials 2014, 7(5), 3337-3352; doi:10.3390/ma7053337
Received: 14 February 2014; in revised form: 9 April 2014 / Accepted: 23 April 2014 / Published: 25 April 2014
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Last update: 10 December 2013

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