"Cascade Use"

Dr. Alexandra Pehlken (Leiterin)

+49 (0)441 798-4796

A5-1-114 (Lageplan)


Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Nachwuchsforschergruppe Cascade Use
Ammerländer Heerstraße 114-118
26129 Oldenburg


Aktuelles 2014


The School of Computing Science, Business Administration, Economics, and Law, Faculty II at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg offers a

PhD-position for three years
(TV-L E13/100%)

in the new research group "Cascade Use" funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The position should start in February 2015 and lead to a successful dissertation.

The overall aim of the research is to support societal actors as they move towards reduced use of resources and minimize CO2 emissions in the long-term. The members of the research group will develop and test a key assessment tool. The interdisciplinary work focuses core questions of how materials are integrated into life cycles and when they will become available for reuse and/or recycling. Thereby, the target is to keep resources within the economic cycle as long as possible in order to reduce or even avoid the use of new primary raw materials. For this project, the car will serve as case application, with the aim of reusing/recycling of automobile components for markets in China and Germany. By calculating the reduction of CO2 emissions, users can decide for themselves how much they want to contribute to resource efficiency.

From a successful candidate we expect an above-average academic university degree (e.g. Master) in Business Informatics, Informatics, or related subjects and a strong interest in international and interdisciplinary research in a collaborative research environment. In addition the candidate needs to have good programming skills. We require excellent English reading and writing. The group is located at the Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany, integrated in Faculty II. The candidate will become part of a new established team working closely together on related interdisciplinary and international questions. There is an existing research collaboration at PhD-level with the Department of Business Information Systems / Very Large Business Applications (Head Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jorge Marx Gomez) of the Carl von Ossietzky University.

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg is an equal opportunity employer and seeking to increase the proportion of female academic staff members. According to § 21, 3 NHG female applicants are to be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification.

Please send your application (CV, letter of motivation, list of publications, certificates) to Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Faculty II, Cascade Use, Dr.-Ing. Alexandra Pehlken, Ammerländer Heerstr. 114-118, D-26129 Oldenburg, Germany, or electronically (as a single pdf file) to . Application by email is preferred.

Deadline for Applications is December 15, 2014.

Call for Paper in a Special Issue of the International Journal of LCA.

International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

Special Issue: Assessing and Managing Life Cycles of Electric Vehicles

Call for papers for a special issue on assessing and managing the resources, materials, reuse of components, recycling and other end-of-life issues associated with all types of electric vehicles. Submissions deadline:  January 15, 2015 Publication target (online):   March 2015 Publication target (paper):  July 2015 Please visit the website uwaterloo.ca/environment/special-issue for detailed information or visit the Journal website on: www.springer.com/environment/journal/11367

Successful Workshop on Electromobility

Around 30 experts from all around the world came to Delmenhorst, a small city located between Oldenburg and Bremen, to discuss material related topics on the automotive life cycle. Why are materials of such high interest to gather together for 3 days to brainstorm on future needs? Everyone knows that automobiles have become lightweight, smarter, safer and more electric. Each of these trends has demanded new types and new combinations of materials – materials that have become more complex.

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Dr. Pehlken im Alexander von Humboldt Experten Treffen zwischen Indien und Deutschland vertreten

6th Indo-German Frontiers of Engineering Symposium 2014 in Potsdam (May 2014)

Am vergangenen Symposium zum Thema “Frontiers of Engineering” war auch Dr.-Ing. Alexandra Pehlken mit dabei in Potsdam und leitete mit Arvind K. Nema (Environmental Engineering Laboratory, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi) die Session “Recycling Needs and Technologies”.

Dr.-Ing. Alexandra Pehlken participated in the last Alexander von Humboldt meeting within the “Frontiers of Engineering” series with India in Potsdam. Together with her Indian co-chair Arvind K. Nema (Environmental Engineering Laboratory, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi) she chaired the session “Recycling Needs and Technologies”

Auszüge aus dem Programm:

“The Indo-German Frontiers of Engineering Symposia (INDOGFOE) are a series of interdisciplinary, binational conferences which are co-organized by the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Funding on the German side is provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The activity brings together outstanding, early-career German and Indian engineers and natural scientists from industry, universities, and other research institutions to introduce their areas of engineering research and technical work, thereby facilitating an interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge and methodology that could eventually lead to the development of cooperative networks of young scientists from both countries. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will support such collaborations between German and Indian participants with its special follow-up program “CONNECT” which allocates residence allowances for working visits in their partner country for up to 30 days.”


International Workshop on Electromobility

Vom 16. bis 18. Juni 2014 findet im Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in Delmenhorst ein Workshop mit dem Thema Electro mobility: assessing the shift from energy efficiency to material efficiency in the automotive life cycle statt. Organisiert wird dieser Workshop von Alexandra Pehlken, Steven B. Young und Wolfgang Stenzel.

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