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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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SAVT-Barbecue

Ivo van den Hurk shows equipment for his experiments in the technical center Getreidemarkt, Photo: Wolfgang Ipsmiller

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Florian Müller explains his experimental setup in the technical center Getreidemarkt, Photo: Wolfgang Ipsmiller

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Prof. Michael Harasek introduced the doctoral college CO2Refinery, Photo: Wolfgang Ipsmiller

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Alexander Bartik talks to the audience about his research work, Photo: Wolfgang Ipsmiller

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On September 30th, 2021 the big SAVT barbecue of the Association of Students and Graduates of Process Engineering took place at the Vienna University of Technology. At this event, which usually takes place every year, active students and graduates meet in the Geniehof at the Getreidemarkt campus. This year, the SAVT barbecue, organized by Alexander Bartik, also provided a platform for the CO2Refinery and Michael Harasek introduced the doctoral college to interested sponsoring partners. Afterwards Alexander Bartik, Florian Müller and Ivo van den Hurk were able to explain their equipment for experimental implementation in the technical center Getreidemarkt and answered the questions of the enthusiastic audience.

In the current issue 135, opens an external URL in a new window of “Der Reaktor” is an article about the development of the CO2Refinery and a description of Ivo van den Hurk. New members of the process engineering association introduce themselves in the magazine. There are also reports about events and exciting insights into research work in process engineering at the Vienna University of Technology.

Photos: Wolfgang Ipsmiller