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Borealis Social Fund Provides Financial Support for School and University Students in Plastics Engineering

[2011/12/15] The Borealis Social Scholarship Programme ensures the sustained promotion and support of school students, university students, and international research programs years into the future. Long-term contracts have now been signed between the Johannes Kepler University Linz, TGM Vienna (School of Technology), and GFKT – Society for the Advancement of Plastics Technology.

Borealis, a leading provider of chemical and innovative solutions in the area of base chemicals will utilizes the new Borealis Social Fund to promote social projects in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. For the first time, the “Borealis Social Scholarship” project will provide support for school students, university students and international research programs.
Mark Garrett, Borealis Chief Executive, remarked: “For us, Corporate Social Responsibility means not only investing in our own company, but in society as a whole. And society needs skilled professionals who are dedicated to finding innovative solutions for a sustainable future. As a leader in the plastics industry, we see it as part of our duty to provide financial support to school students and university students who need it to help them pursue their studies in these fields. The Borealis Social Scholarship project is aimed at helping them realize their full potential.”

The Borealis Social Scholarship Programme provides support in four main areas:

1. Talented school students (HTL vocational/technical secondary school), whose interest in plastics engineering should be encouraged. These students would receive financial assistance during all stages of learning up to university.

2. Support for talented students exhibiting high potential in the areas of chemistry and plastics engineering, yet who lack the financial means to develop their full potential. These students will receive a financial scholarship from Borealis during their studies while earning their degrees.

3. Assistance and support for female doctoral candidates for writing a dissertation in the fields of chemistry and plastics engineering. Borealis committed to supporting the advancement of women studying plastics engineering as they are significantly underrepresented in the field.

4. The “Mobility Program” aims to encourage international exchange among students in the areas of chemistry and plastics engineering.

Rector Richard Hagelauer, Johannes Kepler University Linz, remarks: "It is especially pleasing to see that Borealis – having already successfully supported the establishment of the Plastics Engineering classes at JKU Linz – is making yet another pioneering contribution to the education of our students. The plastics industry is one of the most important future industries, period. The robust demand for our degree programs is the best indicator of this trend."
Karl Reischer, Director of the TGM Vienna (School of Technology), feels the Borealis program is an essential building block in the continual support of young talent in the field of plastics engineering. Mr. Reischer commented: "Thanks to Borealis and its program, talented young people will be able to enter this discipline and successfully complete their education and training. However, the overall advantages the program offers will be even greater thanks to the resulting pool of well-trained plastics engineers who are so vital to our economy."

Borealis has maintained a healthy working relationship with both the JKU Linz and the TGM Vienna for many years. In order to ensure the longevity of this co-operation, five-year contracts have now been signed with both institutes.

Mark Garrett added: "Thanks to our owners OMV and IPIC, we can designate part of our net profits to establish a social fund designed to help young, talented people obtain a well-rounded education. Our aim in the medium term is to expand the Borealis Social Scholarship Programme to include international institutes and research programs."

For more information on the Borealis Social Scholarship Program, please contact:
Univ.Prof. DI Dr. Christian Paulik, Head of Institute,
Institute for Chemical Technology of Organic Materials,
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Strasse 69, 4040 Linz, Ph.: +43 732 2468 8804 508, E-Mail: christian.paulik(/\t)

[Borealis / Manfred Rathmoser, Translation: Borealis/N. Lichtenberger]

Grand Opening of the Science Park 2 Building at the JKU

On Friday, October 28, the new Science Park 2 building will be dedicated, opening another center of research and science at the JKU. After two years of construction and at a cost of around 28 million Euros, the grand opening ceremony will serve to duly mark the occasion. Distinguished guests will include Karlheinz Töchterle (Austrian Federal Minister of Science Research), Reinhold Mitterlehner (Austrian Federal Minister of Economy, Family and Youth), Upper Austrian governor Josef Pühringer, and Linz mayor Franz Dobusch.

The new Science Park building also accomodates the JKU Polymer Technology Center, hosting the four new Polymer Technology Institutes which were founded in 2009, including the Institute of Polymeric Materials and Testing. In total 3.000 m² of office and laboratory space, equipped with most modern and sophisticated infrastructure, are dedicated to the Polymer Technology Institutes in the Science Park.

First impressions...

First impressions

Watch the grand opening video at the JKU YouTube channel... (German)
Eröffnung Science Park Bauteil 2

The official JKU picture galery...
Photos - Grand Opening of SP2

6. Juli 2011 - Tagung: Kunststoffe für die Solarthermie
Conference: Polymeric Materials for Solar Thermal Applications (Held in German)

(Further information is provided in German)

Ort: Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Altenberger Straße 69, 4040 Linz - Austria

Veranstalter: Johannes Kepler Universität Linz - IPMT, AEE INTEC

Neue Technologieoptionen auf Basis von Polymerwerkstoffen

Für den progressiven Ausbau der Solarthermie sind neue Technologien auf Basis von Kunststoffen oder Hybridwerkstoffen von zentraler Bedeutung.

Die Arbeitsgruppe „Polymeric Materials for Solar Thermal Applications“ (sog. Task 39 des Implementing Agreements „Solar Heating & Cooling“ der International Energy Agency - IEA) ist seit Ende 2006 tätig. Die Hauptzielsetzung liegt in der Vernetzung der Kunststoff- und Solarenergieforschung und im Know-How-Austausch der diesbezüglichen Experten auf internationaler Ebene, um so signifikante Neu- und Weiterentwicklungen solartechnischer Komponenten und Systeme zu ermöglichen.

Bereits bei der Implementierung von Task 39 kam Österreich eine Schlüsselrolle zu, die in der Phase I (2006 bis 2010) durch die Leitung der Subtask „Materialien“ ausgebaut wurde. Zwischen 2006 und 2009 wurden in Österreich in enger Kooperation mit ausländischen Partnern (insbesondere Norwegen und Deutschland) Projekte mit Fokus auf werkstoffliche und systemtechnische Grundlagen für solarthermische Systeme mit erhöhtem Kunststoffanteil bearbeitet.

Darauf aufbauend wurden 2009 und 2010 mehrere vorwettbewerbliche Industrieprojekte initiiert, von denen das von der FFG und vom KLIEN im Rahmen des Programmes „NEUE ENERGIEN 2020“ geförderte Konsortialprojekt „Solarthermische Systeme aus Polymerwerkstoffen - Entwicklung von neuartigen Kollektoren und Kunststoffkomponenten“ (SolPol-2) als Leuchtturmprojekt hervorzuheben ist. Die industriellen Projekte stellen die Basis für die weitere österreichische Beteiligung und für die Fortführung der Arbeitsgruppe bis 2014 dar.

Durch die Tagung „Kunststoffe für die Solarthermie“ wird einerseits das erarbeitete Know How zu kunststoffbasierenden Kollektoren und Systemen verbreitet und andererseits ein Ein- und Ausblick zu laufenden und künftigen Projekten gegeben.

Das Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologien (bmvit) und die Veranstalter AEE – Institut für Nachhaltige Technologien (AEE INTEC) und Johannes Kepler Universität Linz – Institut für Polymerwerkstoffe und Prüfung (JKU-IPMT) laden herzlich zur Veranstaltung ein.

Informationen zur Anreise:

Die Tagung findet im Seminarraum B9911 im Erdgeschoß des Bankengebäudes der JKU Linz statt. Den Anfahrts- und den Campusplan entnehmen Sie bitte folgenden Websites:

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Seminar talk: "Prediction of long-term performance of solid polymers based on short-term experiments"

Seminar talk, Leon E. Govaert

presented by Leon E. Govaert, Department of Mechanical Engineering Materials Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology.

Prof. Goevert is one of the world's leading experts on long-term deformation and failure behavior of plastics. As part of his talk he presented some of the latest results and insights of his research on this subject. Particularly gratifying was the large number of attendees and the high interest in the seminar talk, which is attributed to the high relevance of the topic for the joint research project of the IPMT and Borealis within the framework of the K-project APMT.

May, 11. 2011 11:00 am
SciencePark 3rd floor, room MT0327

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Girls:Day 2011 visits JKU | Polymer Technologies

Girls:Day 2011 gave a girl-group of BRG Hamerlingstraße insight into the Polymer Engineering studies at the JKU in an entertaining way through participatory experiments a lab tour and presentations.

Further information:
Contact for teachers: DIin Anna Hartl or DI Harald Kicker

JKU Scientists Develop New Synthetic Materials for the Encapsulation of Solar Cells

Scientists at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz have reeled in a large-scale project in photovoltaics designed to develop new synthetic materials to encapsulate solar cells. By researching how to develop more efficient and economical procedures, the project supports the current trend to increase the added value of synthetic materials for photovoltaics while simultaneously reducing costs. The 2.3 million Euro project will be financed via the Austrian Research Promotion Agency through the national research and technology program NEW ENERGY 2020 supported by the Climate and Energy Fund.

Prof. Reinhold W. Lang, Vorstand des Instituts für Polymerwerkstoffe und Prüfung

The project not only focuses on the expansion of photovoltaics (PV) in Austria, but also on making significant contributions to the advancement of renewable energy technologies to generate electricity and also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The field of photovoltaics (PV) and polymer technologies in Austria provides fertile scientific and industrial ground where the potential to innovatively develop PV modules is enormous. The project, SolPol-3, has been conceptualized as an industrial research project aimed at developing new polymer encapsulating materials to improve PV modules while simultaneously reducing material and processing costs. The innovative materials include embedment materials and the reverse film in particular to develop set and flexible PV modules for solar cells.
Rector Richard Hagelauer remarked: “The recently established Institute for Polymer Materials under Prof. Lang has not only succeeded in securing both solar thermal projects SolPol-1 and SolPol-2 (focusing on constructing plastic solar panels), but also reeling in SolPol-3 as a large-scale project in the field of photovoltaics at the Johannes Kepler University. We are consistently moving forward and blazing a trail that will establish the JKU as a center of polymer and solar technology research.”

The three-year project has been endowed with 2.3 million Euros. Prof. Reinhold W. Lang, head of the Institute for Polymer Materials and Testing, will coordinate the project at the JKU. The project consortium includes three scientific partners, (including the JKU institutes for Polymer Materials and Testing, and Analytical Chemistry) as well as seven partner companies in the plastics industry, including Borealis, Lenzing, Senoplast and the PV companies KIOTO and sunplugged.

The project has enabled Prof. Lang to take a giant step forward in creating a new market segment for the applications of synthetic materials; a step with high potential for growth that would not only benefit the business community, but also the field of research and teaching at the JKU. Prof. Lang remarked: “I am particularly pleased that SolPol-3 will open the door to generate numerous opportunities for students to select from an array of highly attractive topics in cooperation with industry for their respective Bachelor and/or Master’s theses, or a Ph.D. dissertation.”