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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 Workshop

CO2Refinery Workshop Discussion

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CO2Refinery Workshop Group Photo

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On 26 April 2022, a workshop for strengthening collaborations within the CO2Refinery took place.

For this purpose, the main goals and directions for the development of the CO2Refinery were brought up in the workshop. More than 15 members of the CO2Refinery (PIs and ESRs) had been engaging in an extensive discussion for 2 hours.

The aims of this doctoral college are the efficient utilization of carbon dioxide and the production of a wide variety of valuable products: energy carriers, platform chemicals, and nutrients. As a result of the discussion, preliminary goals, required feedstock, possible KPIs, and benchmarks were defined.

The workshop helped to identify essential steps in creating a unified vision for CO2Refinery and understanding the value of the integrated processes for the market.