Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont.

Manuel Leuchtenmüller


• Characterization
• Recycling of dusts and slags



2004–2009Higher Technical Education Institute (HTL) Leoben / Concentration: Logistics
2010–2014Bachelor’s degree program in Metallurgy, University of Leoben, Austria (B.Sc.)
2014–2015Master’s degree program in Metallurgy, University of Leoben, Austria, with a focus on Nonferrous Metallurgy and Iron and Steel Metallurgy
2015Graduation (M.Sc.)/(Dipl.-Ing.)
Title of master’s thesis: Evaluation of the behavior of silver and indium in residues from the zinc industry during a pyro-metallurgical treatment process
2019Conferral of doctorate (Dr. mont.)
Title of dissertation: Recycling of chromium-containing residues from the stainless steel industry with a focus on the reduction kinetics

Professional experience

2015–presentPhD student and research associate at Institute of Nonferrous Metallurgy, University of Leoben, Austria

PhD Thesis

Title: Recycling of metals from the stainless steel industry

The production of stainless steel leads to different kinds of residues which are containing significant amounts of metals such as nickel, chromium, molybdenum, vanadium etc. These metal concentrations not only lead to economic losses, but also cause environmental problems when considering the toxicity of chromium(VI) compounds. Therefore, it is necessary to develop a process to recover the valuable elements from the residues and detoxify the resulting slag in order to reuse it in different sectors including the construction industry.

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Leuchtenmüller M. and U. Brandner: Comparison of reduction kinetics of Fe2O3, ZnOFe2O3 and ZnO with hydrogen (H2) and carbon monoxide (CO). International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2023), 775-785

Brandner U., M. Leuchtenmüller, F. Hoffelner and J. Antrekowitsch: A tailor – made experimental setup for thermogravimetric analysis of the hydrogen- and carbon monoxide- based reduction of Iron(III) oxide (Fe2O3) and zinc ferrite (ZnOFe2O3). TMS – 151st Annual meeting and Exhibition supplemental proceedings (2022), Anaheim, Kalifornien, USA, 917–926

Leuchtenmüller M.and U. Brandner: The catalytic effect of the metal bath on the zinc oxide reduction. Results in Engineering (2022), 16, 12, 100514

Brandner U., J. Antrekowitsch and M. Leuchtenmueller: A review on the fundamentals of hydrogen-based reduction and recycling concepts for electric arc furnace dust extended by a novel conceptualization, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy Volume 46 Issue 62 (2021), 31894-31902

Leuchtenmueller M., C. Legerer, U. Brandner U. and J. Antrekowitsch:  Carbothermic Reduction of Zinc Containing Industrial Wastes: A Kinetic Model, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B: Process Metallurgy and Materials Processing Science (2021), 548-557

Leuchtenmueller M.: et al. Carbothermic Reduction of Zinc Containing Industrial Wastes: A Kinetic Model. Metall Mater Trans B, 2021

Brandner, U., M. Leuchtenmüller and J. Antrekowitsch: Vorstellung eines am Lehrstuhl für Nichteisenmetallurgie entwickelten thermodynamischen Modells des Wälzprozesses. Berg- und hüttenmännische Monatshefte : BHM. (November 2020)

Leuchtenmüller M., W. Schatzmann and S. Steinlechner: A kinetic study to recover valuables from hazardous ISF slag. Journal of environmental chemical engineering (2020)

Leuchtenmüller M., J. Antrekowitsch and S. Steinlechner: A Kinetic Study Investigating the CarbothermicRecovery of Chromium from a Stainless-Steel Slag. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B (2019), pp 1-8

Wegscheider S., S. Steinlechner and M. Leuchtenmüller: Innovative concept for the recovery of silver and indium by a combined treatment of jarosite and electric arc furnace dust, JOM (2016)

Leuchtenmueller M., G. Roesler und J. Antrekowitsch: Recovery of Chromium from Stainless Steel Slags. The Publications of the MultiScience – XXX microCAD International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference, University of Miskolc, Hungery, 2016


Leuchtenmüller M.: Prospect of hydrogen in electric arc furnace dust recycling. 52nd Metallurgical seminar of the GDMB, Gelsenkirchen, Deutschland, 2022

Leuchtenmüller M.: Pyrometallurgical Recovery of Chromium from Wastes of Stainless Steel Production – an Overview. European Metallurgical Conference, Leipzig, Deutschland, 2017

Leuchtenmueller M.: Recovery of Chromium from Stainless Steel Slags. XXX microCAD, Miskolc, Hungary, 2016


Leuchtenmüller M.: Verwertung von Reststoffen der Edelstahlindustrie. WerWasWo.Forschung@MUL, Leoben, Österreich, 2017