Photo: Universität Wien / derknopfdruecker.com

Photo: Universität Wien / derknopfdruecker.com

The Development of Innovative Polymer Materials

Diminishing primary oil reserves require oil and gas production from reserves that are more difficult to access. Thus, further development of technologies and materials (such as polymers), which allow to produce as much oil as possible from one well, is decisive. The aim of the transfer-activity “Polymer Materials” (person responsible for the project at the University of Vienna: Alexander Bismarck, Faculty of Chemistry) is to develop polymers to be applied under difficult conditions (such as high temperatures or pressure) for optimization of the production of oil and gas. Continue reading

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Photo: pixabay

Optimal Solutions for Complex Problems

In 2011, the mathematicians Hermann Schichl and Ferenc Domes founded the company DAGOPT Optimal Technologies GmbH with the aim of enabling and facilitating cooperation between science and economy in order to apply university knowledge to real-world challenges and problems. Based on the scientific expertise of the University employees, the business area of the firm is the optimization of complex problems and processes by means of mathematical modelling (from the optimization of energy production in power generation systems, to raw material purchases, investment and location decisions, up to the planning of street and canal systems). Continue reading

High-precision mirrors by CMS with a diameter of around one millimeter (Photograph: Crystalline Mirror Solutions GmbH)

High-precision mirrors by CMS with a diameter of around one millimeter (Photo: Crystalline Mirror Solutions GmbH)

Crystalline supermirrors

Crystalline supermirrors, developed in 2008 at the University of Vienna in the context of quantum physics experiments, are an example for technological innovations arising out of fundamental research. The foundation of the spin-off Crystalline Mirror Solutions (CMS) by Markus Aspelmeyer and Garrett Cole (University of Vienna, Faculty of Physics) in 2012 facilitated successful transfer of this technology from the University to industry. In the process of further developing the technology, inter alia, new research questions for quantum research at the University of Vienna were generated. These are being addressed within the scope of a Christian Doppler Laboratory, which was started in 2017 at the Faculty of Physics and which is co-financed by CMS. Continue reading