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February 19: Sustainable Hydrogen: Water Splitting Using Salt and Sunlight

As a raw material, hydrogen is important for chemical industry. Extracted from renewable resources, it is also considered environmentally friendly and an energy carrier of the future. Chemists at the Johannes Kepler University Linz have succeeded in creating a new water splitting method to generate hydrogen.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photos free of charge, ImgKnör: Univ. Prof. Dr. Günther Knör - Photo credit: Robert Maybach

Img Water Splitting: Photocatalytic water splitting with salt (X) and sunlight - free of charge: Reproduced from S. Salzl, M. Ertl and G. Knör, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C6CP07725K with permission from the PCCP Owner Societies).

February 16: Why Computer Networks (Don’t) Work

Findings from the research project “PIPES-VS-DAMS” can help avoid bottlenecks in IT infrastructures. As part of the funding framework "ICT of the Future" executed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency, project team members began research three years ago to develop new methods designed to recognize correlations in strongly networked IT landscapes. Back then, the project aimed to show the quality of implementation and opportunities developed in technology and today, we continue to see the significance, not only in the IT infrastructure environment but especially as to how the findings can be applied in a wide field of applications that extend far beyond IT.

Image 1: RISC employees improve the performance of IT infrastructures

Image 2: Screenshot CloudGazer

Image 3: Screenshot ThermalPlot

Image 4: Thermal Plot in action

All images: © RISC Software Ltd, images free of charge

February 13: Unique RISC and DESY Global Cooperation Agreement to be Extended

RISC at the JKU and the German Electron Synchotron, DESY, have agreed to extend their unique cooperation for an additional five-year period. No other team in the world can carry out the complex calculations which play an important role in, for example, the particle accelerators at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

Photo: front row (f.l.): DESY Director Joachim Mnich and JKU Vice-Rector Alexander Egyed
          back row (f.l.): RISC Manager Peter Paule, Johannes Blümlein and Carsten Schneider

Copyright: RISC; image free of charge

February 9: The JKU Thanks Gov. Pühringer for his Steadfast Commitment

Rector Meinhard Lukas pointed out that Governor Dr. Josef Pühringer is not only a JKU alumnus, but also one of the university’s strongest supporters. On behalf of the JKU’s 2,700 employees and 20,000 students, Rector Lukas would like to thank him for his decades of support.

February 4: Burschenbundball: The JKU Reiterates its Committment to Freedom and Diversity

Andreas Janko, JKU Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, emphasized the JKU's commitment to freedom and diversity during his opening remarks at the Burschenbundball on Saturday evening. VR Janko added that it is important to always be seriously and credibly distanced from political concepts, "...that contain freedom-threatening implications."

February 1: Austria’s First “Master of Education” Degree Awarded in Linz

The first “Master of Education” degree was awarded to graduates of the degree program "Schulmanagement: Professionell führen - nachhaltig entwickeln“ on January 27. The curriculum was developed jointly by the University of Education Upper Austria and the Johannes Kepler University Linz

See the press release below for detailed information. Photo free of charge, photo credit: Daniel Dautovic/PH OÖ
Phot f.l.: Vice-Rector PH OÖ Dr. Katharina Soukup-Altrichter, graduate Günter Gschwendtner, Univ. Prof. Dr. Herbert Altrichter (JKU)