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o.Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Wolfgang Samhaber established process engineering at the JKU's Faculty of Engineering & Natural Sciences in 1997 based on strong suggestions by the leading industrial companies in Linz.

Milestones since 1997

  • located at the Chemiepark Linz until 1999
  • located at the former bio lab at AGRE Linz, Leonding, until 2016
  • located at the JKU Technikum on campus since March 2016
  • since April 2024 additional rooms in the Kopfgebäude 7th floor with 6 offices for administration, professor and colleagues and a seminarroom.

  • Environmental Process Engineering
  • Nanofiltration and high-pressure reverse osmosis
  • Separation processes with liquid CO2
  • Characterisation and modification of polymer membranes
  • Synthesis and characterisation of emulsion polymerisation
  • Isolation and purification of aromatics, natural products and active ingredients
  • Down-stream processing of natural and synthesised products
  • Geothermal energy
  • Heat transport, storage

In addition to conventional subject areas in process engineering, we offer classroom lectures about membrane technology.

em.o.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Samhaber was particularly concerned with supervising Diploma degree/Master's theses as well as doctoral dissertations.


The Department of Chemistry at the JKU's Faculty of Engineering & Natural Sciences established the institute in 1997. On account of a shortage of space on campus, IVT was located at the former Agrolinz bio-lab in Leonding up until March 2016.


Research focused on membrane and nanoprocess technology. In addition, the team worked continuously on projects for industrial companies, mainly in the field of food process engineering. The primary goal was to work with partners to develop attractive, yet economically and ecologically viable concepts. Scientists also conducted research in the field of geothermal energy.
The GEOSOLA geothermal research facility was built on the Leonding site in 2009 zo support long-term research for new geothermal concepts.

Impressions of the extensive construction work and deep drilling for the GEOSOLA project at the Leonding site (formerly the Agro Linz laboratory).