About us

alchemia-nova was originally found in the year 2000 by Hanswerner Mackwitz, an eco-pioneer of the first days. After his death in 2010 we restructured alchemia-nova and lead it from a 2-3 person institute to a 20 person R&D company with an international profile. From 2006 onwards we became Cradle to Cradle® partner. Ever since, we are fully dedicated to circular economy principles, being the frontrunner in Central Europe and from 2018 onwards also Southern Europe in this area.
Our strength is creating unconventional out-of-the-box solutions by the combination of different disciplines. We try to connect the dots and use a systemic thinking approach for possible disruptive and game-changing innovations that are fit for future. We are well known as the “plant-guys” and for our pioneering unconventionality. We bring science to the market. Our leitmotif includes research, development & education as well as productisation, selling & consulting of circular economy and nature-based solutions.



Vision

A world in which we think in resource cycles

A world in which “contaminations” become nutrients

A world in which we focus on regeneration

Mission

Exploring new areas by creating circular systems

Defining business models of the future, which are marketable by the broad public

Co-creating systemic approaches by enabling new multi-beneficial networks

Developing a symbiosis of communities, companies and the people by connecting resource flows


Projects

European Projects

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National Projects

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Industry Projects

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Team

Theresa Heitzlhofer
Theresa

MSc; human ecology, permaculture. Biography
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Francesco Menconi
Francesco Menconi

BLC LLB; project manager, business development, native english speaker. Biography
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Andrea Zraunig
Andrea-2

MSc; botany, phytochemistry, ecological biochemistry, plant physiology and -metabolism. Biography
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Leo Sulzmann
Leo

laboratory, chemistry, analysis, materials technology. Biography
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Alice Tognacchini
Alice_NEU

(Education leave); MSc; Dr.(cand.); Environmental chemistry, ecosystems, phytotechnologies. Biography
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Nektaria Efthymiou-Charalampopoulou
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LLM, MSc; project management, policy analysis, technical analysis, climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energies, nature conservation, technical analysis.. Biography
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Vasiliki Polychniatou
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alchemia-nova Greece; MSc; Dr. (cand.); water and food engineering, environmental sustainability, EU research and innovation. Biography
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Gianni Pezzotti Escobar
Gianni

PhD; electrical engineer, automation, sensor systems. Biography
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Partners

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