The picture shows a hilly landscape with a small forest on top of a hill, next to the logos of TU Wien and CO2Refinery.

Welcome to CO2Refinery!

CO2Refinery is a doctoral college at TU Wien and offers excellent scientific research, combined with a multi- and interdisciplinary curriculum (lectures and lab rotation), and a dedicated supervision and mentoring program. The 10 PhD students are in the center of attention and their training and scientific advancement are the keys to a successful implementation of this program. Research training will be obtained through work embedded into high-quality scientific research environments provided by supervisors that are internationally recognized experts in their fields and the close support through junior faculty members. In addition, a multifaceted training program will complement the research work and further advance their social and scientific skills.

Within CO2Refinery, fundamental research concepts will be translated into technically sound and viable solutions for a technical center scale. This requires a tight collaboration between the different research areas and working groups which will foster an intensive scientific exchange in the faculty ("learning by doing", using a “Technikum” approach). The aim of this consortium and this training initiative is to develop new platform technologies to allow the efficient utilization of CO2 substrate streams and to produce different platform chemicals, including solvents and food additives.


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CO2Refinery at Radio Radieschen

Quote in German by Michael Harasek relating to the featuring of CO2Refinery at Radio Radieschen

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On April 17th, 2022 the CO2Refinery was introduced to “Radio Radieschen” listeners in the science podcast. Michael Harasek explained the research areas, the structure and goals of the doctoral college. The aims of the CO2Refinery were discussed and Katharina Rauchenwald gave some insights into her own research topic. You can listen to the popular scientific discussion in German language under the following link:, opens an external URL in a new window