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Welcome to the homepage of the TUW-DK “CO2Refinery”! 

The main aim of this doctoral college (DK) is to train “one carbon engineers”, which have a unique skillset in converting CO2 and other one carbon molecules like methanol, carbon monoxide into value added products. The TUW-DK CO2Refinery will contribute by intensive joint research to the development of new processes and high-quality products to use CO2 directly as carbon source.

CO2Refinery offers excellent scientific research, combined with a multi- and interdisciplinary curriculum (lectures and lab rotation) and a dedicated supervision and mentoring program. The PhD students are in the center of attention and their training and scientific advancement is the key 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 the TUW-DK “CO2Refinery”, fundamental research concepts will be translated into technical 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.

A cutting edge CO2Refinery approach based on the utilization of renewable energy sources will enable the manufacturing of new materials and open-up new economic possibilities in-line with a European and Austrian bioeconomy strategy. The interest in this doctoral college is reflected by a plethora of national and international cooperation partners including Clariant Produkte GmbH, bse Methanol GmbH, voestalpine Stahl GmbH and the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology GmbH. Ultimately, the joint research is to translate fundamental research concepts into technical sound and viable solutions for a technical centre (Technikum) scale. This requires a tight collaboration between the different research areas and working groups which will foster an intensive scientific exchange in the faculty.