Research Foci


Technical progress essentially depends on the availability of suitable and the development of new materials. In this research focus, modern materials science and technology is combined with chemical, i.e. preparative-synthetic and analytical approaches. A wide range of high-quality manufacturing, processing and testing methods is available for this purpose. The range of materials includes all material groups and is focused on future-oriented and sustainable material developments that save raw materials and energy. The following topics represent areas of strength of the faculty: Functional Materials

  • Functional Materials
  • Surface and Interface Science and Technology
  • Sintered Materials and Composites
  • Advanced Materials Characterization


In addition to the satisfaction of immediate basic needs, the future of a rapidly growing humanity will be determined by the extent to which chemical and biotechnological processes can be designed in such a way that they are available and affordable for future generations and do not cause any ecological damage. The provision of products and energy on a large industrial scale is the major task of technical chemistry, but also implies the responsibility to consider and investigate the social and ecological effects of these (bio)chemical processes. Climate change poses this challenge drastically. The research focus is aimed at the sustainable use of all primary raw materials, high energy efficiency of the processes involved and reuse and under consideration of the corresponding environmental processes and effects. The research work also focuses on recycling, material and energetic utilization as well as environmentally friendly disposal of the products brought into circulation at the end of their service life cycle.

  • Chemical Energy Conversion Technologies
  • Natural Resources and Biorefinery Technologies
  • Environmental Analytics, Processes and Technologies
  • Green Chemistry and Catalysis


Bioscientific technologies are building the basis for the implementation of theoretical principles of biochemistry, medicine and biology in specific applications. Findings in connection with (bio)process engineering are used for the production of a wide variety of bioactive molecules. The research activities currently carried out at the faculty range from knowledge- and application-oriented basic research to process developments in cooperation with relevant industry and can be summarized in four main topics:

  • Recombinant Proteins, Omics-Technologies and Systems Biotechnology
  • Bioinstrumentation, Bioprocess Technology and Engineering
  • Applied Biosynthesis and Medical Life-Sciences
  • Molecular Diagnostics and Bioindicators

In addition, the faculty is pursuing the expansion of three development fields, which will play key roles in the research profile in the future. These areas are designed both as "bridging programs" between the main research areas in order to gain a maximum of synergies from the already established areas of expertise; in addition, new and promising subject areas, which are developed in cooperation with other faculties of the TU Wien as well as within the framework of external research cooperation:

  • Materials for Energy Conversion Technologies (bridging CTM/SEE)
  • Biosystems Technology & Engineering (SEE/BST)
  • Theranostics, Precision & Personalized Medicine (outreach)