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Area Manager DI Dr. Martin Kraft


Head of Site Vienna

Phone: +43 664 8186580


Area Manager DI Dr. Karin Wieland

Head of PAT-Team

Deputy Head of Site Vienna

Phone: +43 664 8568532



Ao. Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Michael Harasek, TU Wien

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Lendl, TU Wien

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Christian Paulik, JKU Linz

Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Pedarnig, JKU Linz


Agrana Fruit, Agrana Research and Innovation Center, Borealis,

Endress + Hauser, Engel, Heraeus, OMV, Sappi, Teufelberger, Thermo Fisher


will be considered by combining laser based developments in Process Analytical Technologies with open source Computational Fluid Dynamic simulations for optimization of chemical production processes in various fields.


  • Modelling and simulation of key process steps and in (bio)chemical, food and polymer processes steps and model validation using extended laboratory based analytics as well as dedicated PAT tools.

  • Development and implementation of generic tools for simulating multi-phase and multi-physics processes using Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) simulations based on the OpenFOAM® platform.

  • Validation of CFD, discrete element (DEM) and coupled models on larger scale processes through Design of Experiment planning.

  • Simulation guided process optimization through consideration of reaction models, process relevant thermodynamics, multi-phase and multi-physics processes along with adaptable CFD meshing and reactor geometries. 

  • Advancing based particle and chemical sensing technology by cross-sectional technology developments including vis- and mid-IR lasers, cavity based enhancement strategies, ultrasound particle manipulation and hyperspectral imaging systems. 

  • Isotope selective trace gas sensors based on mid-IR laser spectroscopy for differentiation of carbon sources.

  • Advancing indirect laser-based sensing schemes like photoacoustic or photothermal spectroscopies for novel in-line sensing applications.

  • Implementation of laser-based on-line sensors for detection monitoring and monitoring of pollutants in refinery process streams as well as polymer recycling.

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  • Kinetic data for the polymerization of olefins considering various influences (temperature, catalyst system, pressure, hydrogen,…)

  • Generic automated workflows for CFD analysis of process intensification problems allowing to optimize and de-bottleneck geometric designs.

  • Homogeneous and heterogeneous reaction and mass transfer models implemented in the open-source CFD-code OpenFOAM® for the generic and specific use with process intensification problems.

  • OpenFOAM® generic model library – ready for customized simulation-supported process intensification applications (strategic project contribution)

  • Fully resolved multi-physics CFD models ready for its application in the food industry.

  • Plant process simulation model to predict preferential operating conditions for SO2 recovery supported by dedicated and novel on-line PAT tools.

  • Successful implementation of on-line mid-IR laser based gas sensors for single and multiple analytes (COS, CH3SH, H2S, oxygenates,…) in the low ppb concentration range.

  • Laser based humidity sensor realized and ready for product development.

  • Ultra-trace (sub ppb) gas sensing capabilities for isotope selective carbon dioxide considering isotopes of both carbon and oxygen. 

  • In-line PAT sensor for providing spatially resolved chemical and fluid flow information by combining Raman spectroscopy with Laser Doppler Velocimetry developed and tested.

  • Novel sensing schemes based on polarization sensitive measurement protocols for liquids realized and implemented.

  • Decentralized miniature NIR sensors for monitoring chemical reaction in narrow channels implemented.

  • Monitoring system based on LIBS for assuring purity requirements in PET recycling implemented.

  • Validated simulation model for unfilled/filled PP foams for various foaming degrees considering crucial foam properties for improved mechanical performance under a certain loading case.

  • Autonomous detection of the solubility limit in an injection moulding process and characterization capabilities for talcum-filled and elastomer modified materials in terms of solubility limits during method development.

Intensifying polymer production value chain

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