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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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Live Kick-off Event

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One month after the virtual kick-off event, the members of CO2Refinery could finally get to know each other in person at the live kick-off on June 29, 2021. The meeting took place in hybrid mode under strict Covid-19 safety regulations at the Kontaktraum at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. Some members were not able to join in person and participated via Zoom.

After an official introduction by Dr. Ioanna Giouroudi-Jovanovic and Prof. Michael Harasek, the PhD students introduced their respective PhD projects, subdivided into the three research areas of CO2Refinery. The presentations not only contained information on the scientific contents, but also highlighted overlaps and connections to the other PhD projects.

The live kick-off event was an excellent opportunity to get to know the ten projects of CO2Refinery and to discuss prospective collaborations in the future.