19. May 2023
Faculty of Technical Chemistry welcomes UNIDO delegate from Thailand
The latest advancements in the field of renewable energy took center stage at a prestigious touring visit by the delegates of UNIDO held at the Faculty of Technical Chemistry, TU Wien, in Vienna.


Visiting Members:

  1. Mr. Jullapong Thaveesri, Director General of Department of Industrial Works, Ministry of Industry (DIW) (Head of the delegation)
  2. Mr. Pinsak Suraswadi, Director General of the Pollution Control Department (PCD), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
  3. Mr. Veeris Ammarapala, Governor of the Industrial Estate Authority, Ministry of Industry (IEAT)
  4. Mrs. Buppa Kawinvasin, Assistant to Governor (Sustainable Development)
  5. Miss Pattamawan Khunprasert, Director of Industrial Environmental Technology Promotion Division, DIW
  6. Mr. Vuttichai Kaewkrajang, Environmentalist, Senior Professional Level, PCD
  7. Mrs. Duangporn Khunthong, Director of Eco Industrial Town Development Department, IEAT
  8. Miss Supat Pattarasuntorn, Legal officer, IEAT
  9. Miss Uma Wirutskulshai, National Project Coordinator of UNIDO in Thailand
  10. Ms. Odessa Patron, Project Assistant, UNIDO
  11. Ms. Hoa Lai, Project Associate, UNIDO

The visit began promptly at 9:30 a.m. as delegates gathered at the designated meeting point in front of building BA. They were greeted by the esteemed Dean of the Faculty, Univ.Prof. DI Dr. Marko D. Mihovilovic, who delivered an engaging presentation on the Faculty’s research initiatives and its commitment to pushing the boundaries of scientific exploration. Professor Mihovilovic’s address set an optimistic tone for the rest of the event.

Following the opening remarks, participants enjoyed a much-needed coffee break, fostering an atmosphere of networking and collaboration. This intermission allowed attendees to exchange ideas and establish new connections, laying the groundwork for potential future collaborations in the field of renewable energy.

The highlight of the visit was a series of insightful and informative laboratory tours, where attendees had the opportunity to witness the cutting-edge research being conducted in various disciplines. The tours commenced promptly at 10:20 a.m. and spanned across different research groups within the faculty.

First on the tour was the Research Group for Molecular Materials Chemistry, led by Assist.Prof. Dr. Alexey Cherevan. Dr. Cherevan showcased his team’s remarkable achievements in developing novel materials that could enhance the efficiency of renewable energy technologies. Attendees were captivated by the potential applications of these materials in photovoltaic systems and energy storage solutions.

Next, participants were introduced to the Research Group for Model Catalysis and Applied Catalysis, headed by Univ.Prof. Mag. Dr. Günther Rupprechter. Dr. Rupprechter’s team presented their groundbreaking catalytic processes, which could significantly enhance the conversion of renewable resources into clean energy. The attendees marveled at the potential impact these advancements could have on the transition to a greener and more sustainable future.

The Research Group for Electrochemical Energy Conversion, led by Assoc.Prof. DI Dr. Alexander K. Opitz, showcased their innovative research on electrochemical systems for energy storage and conversion. Dr. Opitz’s team demonstrated the practical applications of their work, highlighting advancements in battery technologies and fuel cells that could revolutionize the renewable energy landscape.

The Research Group for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), represented by Laura Camila Rodriguez Molano, MSc, and Maximilian Meißnitzer, BSc, provided a fascinating insight into their work on simulating and optimizing fluid dynamics in energy-related processes. Attendees were intrigued by the possibilities of using advanced computational models to improve the efficiency and sustainability of renewable energy systems.

The conference concluded with a tour of the Research Group for Bioprocess Technology, led by Remi Vincent Hocq, PhD. Dr. Hocq’s team showcased their innovative approaches to utilizing biotechnology for renewable energy production. Attendees were impressed by the potential of harnessing biological processes to generate clean energy from organic waste materials.

As the visit drew to a close, participants expressed their excitement about the groundbreaking discoveries and breakthroughs presented during the event. The showcased research instilled a renewed sense of optimism and determination among attendees, highlighting the remarkable progress being made in the pursuit of sustainable energy solutions.

The visit at faculty of technical chemistry served as a catalyst for further collaboration and cooperation in the field of renewable energy. The shared knowledge and expertise gained from this event are expected to fuel future advancements, bringing us one step closer to a greener and more sustainable world.