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Priv.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Stefan Steinlechner


Phone: +43 3842 402 5254

Mobile Phone: +43 676 73 78 435



1998 – 2003

Higher Technical Education Institute (HTL) Leoben with focus on metallurgy

2004 – 2008

Bachelor’s degree program in Metallurgy, Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria (B.Sc.)

2008 – 2009

Master’s degree program in Metallurgy, Montanuniversität Leoben with focus on Nonferrous Metallurgy, Foundry Technology and Thermal Processing Technology


PhD program, Montanuniversität Leoben
Topic: Amelioration and market strategies for zinc oxide with a focus on secondary sources


"Venia Docendi” in the field “Nonferrous Metallurgy”
Topic: Process development and optimization for the extraction of minor elements from industrial residues and by-products

Professional Experience

2009 – 2013

Research Fellow, Chair of Nonferrous Metallurgy, Montanuniversität Leoben

2014 – 2018

Head of the Research Studio Austria for energy- and resource-efficiency in the recycling of metals from industrial residues

2013 – 2018

PostDoc at the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Optimization and Biomass Utilization in the Recycling of Heavy Metals

2018 – present

Private lecturer at the Chair of Nonferrous Metallurgy

2020 – present

Head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for selective recovery of minor metals using innovative process concepts

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