Course detail

Utilisation of secondary products

FCH-DCO_VSDAcad. year: 2017/2018

The industrial revolution and population explosion of the 19th and 20th centuries causes a gradual depletion of natural resources and the increasing volume of waste produced all kinds, many of which are actually valuable secondary raw materials. The recycling of materials (and energy) is not sufficient, the introduction of waste-free management is unpopular. The course covers comprehensive knowledge of production and the characteristics of the most important, especially large volume produced, inorganic secondary raw materials with emphasis on their industrial use.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledge of natural raw materials of inorganic materials.
Overview of properties and utilization of high-volume secondary raw materials from the power and metallurgical industry, mining waste.


Basic knowledge of inorganic chemistry, chemistry and technology of silicates and mortars


Composite materials with inorganic matrix

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Ghosh, S.N., Sarkar, S.L., Harsh, S. Mineral Admixtures in Cement and Concrete, ISBN 81-85522-04-9 (EN)
Malhotra, V.M., Mehta, P.K. High-performance High-volume Fly Ash Concrete for Building Durable and Sustainable Structures (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of individual consultation. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Preparation of a project on a theme related to the dissertation topic and expert discussion on the project.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Work placements are not expected.

Course curriculum

Natural sources of raw materials, supplies and utilization, economics and ecology, waste materials versus increasing productivity. Byproducts of industrial activities, secondary raw materials, inorganic and organic, waste-free economy and landfill, waste sorting, legislation and environmental care. Large-volume produced secondary raw materials of electricity and metallurgical industries (high temperature fly ashes and fly ashes from fluidised bed combustion of solid fuels, desulphurization gypsum, blast furnace slags, steel-making slags, foundry slags, slags from production of non-ferrous metals, silica fume, casting sand), wastes from extraction of mineral raw materials (tailings, overburden ceramic raw materials). Sludge municipal wastewater treatment plants. Waste sorting and recycling (paper, metals, glass, plastics, textiles, wood waste), energy recycling, tires. Changes and cancellations of technologies, waste prevention. Conditions for sustainable development prospects for the 21st century.


The course aims to provide students with comprehensive knowledge about the use of natural materials and their potential substitutes alternative materials that are byproducts of technological processes, especially in the energy, metallurgical and chemical industries.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme DKAP_CHM_4 Doctoral

    branch DKAO_CHM_4 , 1. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme DPAP_CHM_4 Doctoral

    branch DPAO_CHM_4 , 1. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme DPCP_CHM_4 Doctoral

    branch DPCO_CHM_4 , 1. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme DKCP_CHM_4 Doctoral

    branch DKCO_CHM_4 , 1. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, compulsory-optional