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IPMT | JKU interns win the 'FTI Talent Video Contest 2013'

[2013/12/11] During summer/fall 2013 a number of young people completed FTI (Forschung, Technologie, Innovation) internships at universities, research facilities and companies throughout Austria. To showcase just how fun and different FTI work can be, interns were invited to take part in a video contest. Birgit Mifka and Eval Miliker (Institute of Polymeric Materials and Testing, JKU Linz) placed among the winners.

FTI Video Contest - 1st place Birgit Mifka, 2nd place Eva Miliker

The young interns created short videos designed to showcase their personal experiences as well as encourage prospective applicants to learn more about the FTI program.
Online voting took place from November 18 to December 7, 2013 and young people, people in the education sector, those who work in research, technology and innovative fields as well as other interested parties were asked to vote for their favorite video.

Winners of the People’s Choice Award

The 10 following winning videos won:

Birgit Mifka
JKU Linz, Institute of Polymeric Materials and Testing

Winning Video:

Eva Miliker
JKU Linz, Institute of Polymeric Materials and Testing

Winning Video:

Pascal Frühwirth – TU Graz, Institute fur Software Technology

TU Space Team – TU Vienna

Karl Wiedenhofer – AVL DiTEST Graz

Stella Svrta – Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt, Institute of Network and Embedded Systems

Theresa Muthspiel – Cenarion Information Systems Ltd

Katja Wisiak – Montanuniversität Leoben, Polymer Engineering

Armin Schaffer and Georg Ramsauer – FH Salzburg, Campus Kuchl

Günther Cwioro and Peter Kohout – Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt, Institute of Network and Embedded Systems

As an “fti…remixed” initiative, the FTI Talent Video Contest is part of a science communication platform for young people supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit). The project aims to inspire young people for research, technology and innovation and offer the opportunity to learn more about the world of research, technology and innovation. The initiative offers numerous opportunities to meet researchers (speed dating, fti Match Visits) as well as take part in exciting drawings and contests.

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Seminar lecture: SCHLOSSUNIVERSITÄT: "Kunststoffe und die nächste Transformation des globalen Energiesystems" by Prof. Reinhold W. Lang (German)

Seminar lecture: SCHLOSSUNIVERSITÄT: "Kunststoffe und die nächste Transformation des globalen Energiesystems"
Prof. Reinhold W. Lang
Date: 2013.10.14 - 18:00

Schloss Hagenberg

4232 Hagenberg


IEA SHC Task39 Verbreitungstagung "Kunststoffe – die Wachstumsoption für die Solarthermie" (German)

Fr 11.10.2013 09:30 - 16:00
JKU Linz, HS19

Im Rahmen der IEA SHC Task39 Tagung „Kunststoffe – die Wachstumsoption für die Solarthermie“ wird
einerseits das erarbeitete Know-how zu kunststoffbasierenden Kollektoren und
Systemen vorgestellt und andererseits ein Ein- und Ausblick zu laufenden und künftigen
Projekten gegeben.

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

JKU - Institute of Polymeric Materials and Testing
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz
Gudrun Haider, MBA

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Seminar lecture: "Lumineszenz als Methode zur Charakterisierung des Einbettungspolymers in Photovoltaik-Modulen" (German)

Seminar lecture: "Lumineszenz als Methode zur Charakterisierung des Einbettungspolymers in Photovoltaik-Modulen"

Dipl. Phys. Jan Schlothauer

(Humbold Universität zu Berlin)

Date: 2013-07-04
Time: 15:00

Science Park 2, Seminarraum S2-0120, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Altenberger Straße 69, 4040 Linz

Mark Garrett, CEO of Borealis, on a visit at the IPMT

left to right: Prof. Lang, Mark Garrett, CEO of Borealis

CEO Mark Garrett with Prof. Lang observing an experiment with polyethylene for oil field applications.

Seminar lecture: "Beständigkeit von Polymeren: Verständnis molekularer Mechanismen" (German)

Seminar lecture: "Beständigkeit von Polymeren: Verständnis molekularer Mechanismen"

Dr. rer. nat. Ulrike Braun

(BAM Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung Berlin)

Date: 2013-05-29
Time: 14:00

Science Park 3, HS 18, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Altenberger Straße 69, 4040 Linz

Federal Minister Töchterle Opens the JKU Polymer Technology Center

[2013/05/13] The new Polymer Technology Center opened in buildings 2 and 3 on May 13 at the JKU Science Park. The center not only provides better conditions for students and faculty in the field of polymer engineering, but also increases the attractiveness in cooperative research with international polymer companies. Beginning in Winter Semester 2013/14, academic degree programs in the field of polymer engineering technologies will be added at JKU, bringing them up to international standards.

v.l.n.r. Dipl.-Bw. Kühner, Prof. Lang, Minister Töchterle, Landesrätin Hummer, Rektor Hagelauer, Dr. Neumann

Distinguished guests in attendance at the opening ceremony underscored the importance of advancing polymer engineering technologies at the JKU and strengthening Upper Austria as a location of research: In addition to Economics Minister Karlheinz Töchterle, Mag. Doris Hummer and representatives from the international polymer industries were present, including Peter Neumann (CEO of Engel Holding Ltd.) and Axel Kühner (CEO of Greiner Holding AG).

The JKU Offers the Widest Range of Polymer Engineering Degrees Worldwide

In 2009, the JKU offered the first Bachelor’s degree program in Polymer Engineering Technology. In the meanwhile, two internationally oriented Master’s degree programs in Polymer Technology & Science and Management in Polymer Technologies were added and beginning in Winter Semester 2013/2014, these programs will be offered entirely in English. These degree programs are organized by four polymer engineering institutes initially housed in Bldg. 1 at the JKU Science Park.

Rector Hagelauer remarked: “Creating polymer engineering studies at the JKU has been among our highlights of the past years. We are particularly proud of the fact that Austria is a leader in this future field of polymer engineering. The private sector believes in our programs and graduates have excellent career prospects.”

3000 m2 of Space

The JKU Science Park’s recent expansion during the past few years (Bldg. 2 was opened in 2011, Bldg. 3 was opened in 2012) has also made way to create a modern Polymer Technology Center located in Bldgs. 2 and 3. The center includes several laboratories and technical workspaces equipped with modern technical polymer processing machinery, measuring instruments and testing equipment. The offices, computer workstations for students, classrooms, etc. also meet modern standards. The new Polymer Technology Center is open to the four polymer engineering institutes, meaning an additional 3000 m² of space at their disposal.

Prof. Reinhold Lang remarked: “The Bachelor’s degree program in Polymer Engineering - along with a total of three Master’s degree programs in Polymer Engineering - not only give our students a high degree of flexibility in regards to professional development and areas of specialization, it also allows us to offer the widest range of polymer engineering studies in the world. The English-language Master’s and Ph.D. program are internationally compatible degree programs. The specialized training and modern infrastructure in our labs and classrooms guarantee excellent job prospects for graduates.”

Improved Conditions for Students and Teachers

The new Polymer Technology Center greatly supplements polymer engineering studies at the JKU. Rector Hagelauer remarked: “The new buildings improve study conditions for students and faculty. Undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students have new opportunities to take part in polymer engineering research when working on thesis or dissertation.”

Minister Töchterle: Engineering Studies at the Highest Level
Research Minister Karlheinz Töchterle added: “Polymer engineering studies at the JKU has enhanced the university‘s reputation as a technically oriented university, thereby strengthening Upper Austria as a location of research. We can see the demand as the private sector is becoming more involved and the number of enrolled students is on the rise.” The Minister reiterated today’s high demand for well-educated engineers and also pointed out the successful cooperation between science/academics and the private sector, referring to cooperation efforts with numerous local businesses: “Universities such as the JKU are also important for positive, regional site development.”

Hummer: Proud of Upper Austria as Location for Polymer Research

Doris Hummer (Upper Austrian State Minister for Education, Science and Research, Women and Youth) remarked: "Upper Austria is economically strong in the production of polymers (sturdy plastic with nearly unlimited applications such as tooth brushes, toys, hoses). Companies such as Borealis, Greiner, Lenzing, and Engel are big players in the international field. The Upper Austrian plastics industry includes over 200 companies that employ approximately 35,000 people, producing almost half of all plastics made in Austria. We are very proud of that and today we have taken yet another giant step forwards.”
She points out that the state of Upper Austria has already invested approximately nine million euros in the development of polymer institutes at the JKU. “200 students are educated and trained here. In the field of polymer engineering, the JKU leads the field in Austria and the addition of Computer Sciences and Mechatronics have created new fields of excellence. This also includes joining forces and working closely with local industries and companies. This is Upper Austria’s strength and what distinguishes us from less successful regions. The degree programs in polymer chemistry in Linz are among the world’s best programs.”

Developing Collaborative Research with the Private Sector
Ever since the introduction of polymer engineering technologies, the JKU has worked closely with the companies involved in the plastics industry such as OMV, Greiner Holding and Engel Holding in particular. The new Center provides ideal conditions to continually develop existing cooperation efforts. Rector Hagelauer added: “The Polymer Technology Center enables the JKU to add another building block towards the goal of offering the world’s broadest range of polymer engineering programs in Linz. In that regard, cooperation with the private sector is very important.”

Peter Neumann (CEO, Engel Holding Ltd.) considers the cooperation of business with the new Polymer Technology Center of the utmost importance. “Plastic is the material of this century and the corresponding engineering procedures, mechanical engineering, and chemistry plays a significant role in our region’s economic development. In terms of population, Austria - Upper Austria in particular – is a leading country in the field of polymer processing and polymer equipment and machinery. This leading position can only be maintained through close collaboration with science, academics, research and industry. The degree programs offered at the JKU - and now the grand opening of the Polymer Technology Center - are an important contribution to maintaining this top position. Research conducted here is often a starting point for product development which, in turn, provides new market opportunities.”

Alex Kühner (CEO, Greiner Holding AG) considers the new Polymer Technology Center an important step in deepening the already successful cooperation between the JKU and the private sector. He remarked: “Expanding the number of degree programs at the JKU by offering polymer engineering is an asset to the university as well as to Upper Austrian industry. Highly qualified graduates will also make the Polymer Technology Center an important part of strengthening Upper Austria as a location of business. Both funding and close cooperation by working on hands-on projects are important to ensure the quality of these degree programs.”

left to right: Rektor Hagelauer, Prof. Zoltan Major, Landesrätin Doris Hummer, Bundesminister Töchterle, Prof. Reinhold Lang, Prof. Jürgen Miethlinger, Prof. Georg Steinbichler

Double Honor Bestowed to H.E. Yousef Omair Bin Yousef

[2013/05/02] In recognition of outstanding services in support of Polymer Engineering Technologies at the JKU and in Upper Austria, today His Excellency Yousef Omair Bin Yousef (former General Director of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), former Oil Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as initiator and long-time board member of the Petroleum Institute (PI)) was conferred as honorary senator of the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz and presented with the Gold Medal of Honor by the State of Upper Austria.

H.E. Yousef Omair Bin Yousef and Upper Austrian Governor Josef Pühringer

The JKU confers the title of Honorary Senator to those outside of the university in honor of his/her contribution, commitment and support of the university. JKU Rector, Richard Hagelauer, hailed H.E. Bin Yousef as a great proponent of the university: “His steadfast support intensified cooperation and collaboration between the renowned Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi and the JKU in the field of Polymer Engineering Technologies, taking it to a new level. His commitment and dedication fulfills all of the requirements to be an Honorary Senator.”

Great Patron of Polymer Engineering Technologies at the JKU
Among the many merits of H.E. Bin Yousef in support of the university, two stand out most:


Together with Dr. Gerhard Roiss (General Director of the OMV), H.E. Bin Yousef was an initiator and staunch supporter of the cooperation effort between the JKU and the PI. After initial talks at the beginning of 2006, a customized educational program in Polymer Chemistry was implemented at PI. Course instructors were sent to teach at the PI and the JKU hosted PI students in Linz where they took part in specialized lab classes on campus. In March 2007, a trilateral cooperation agreement was signed between the JKU, PI and the Montanuniversität Leoben in support of a long-term, strategic alliance in research and teaching in Polymer Engineering Technologies. This agreement was later renewed as a bilateral agreement between the JKU and PI and now focuses on expanding cooperation efforts.
In lieu of his close interaction and ties with polymer companies such as Borealis and Borouge (UAE), H.E. Bin Yousef has continually supported and overseen mutual interests in support of expanding cooperation between university facilities, as well as the expansion of Polymer Chemistry and the establishment of Polymer Engineering Technologies at the JKU as initiated and expedited by Dr. Roiss. The new academic degree programs at the JKU feature the following unique strengths and aspects:

• The JKU offers a total of four academic degree programs in Polymer Engineering (Bachelor’s degree in Polymer Engineering Technologies, Master’s Degree in Polymer Chemistry, Master’s Degree in Polymer Technologies and Science, Master’s Degree in Polymer Technologies Management) and has one of the broadest, if not the most broad, academic polymer programs worldwide.
• The JKU has 11 professors in the field (5 in Polymer Chemistry, 4 in Polymer Engineering Technologies, 2 in Physics and Lightweight Construction) and offers a unique spectrum in polymer technical disciplines.
• The completion of Buildings 2 and 3 at the JKU Science Park - and the planned renovation of the TN Tower - provide excellent infrastructure, facilities and equipment at the JKU, allowing these programs to compete internationally.
• Polymer engineering at the JKU has a distinctive synergy potential by incorporating other strong academic fields at the JKU in to their programs. This includes mathematics and computer sciences, chemistry, physic and mechatronics as well as social and business sciences and law.

Important Connections for the JKU to the Arabic Region
Reinhold Lang, head of the Institute of Polymer Materials and one of the speakers at today’s ceremony in honor of H.E. Bin Yousef, noted that H.E‘s most striking characteristic is his unwavering dedication in the international development of polymer engineering technologies and the academic networking between Austria and the UAE: “H.E. Bin Yousef’s support in the field of polymer materials has created an important bridge between the JKU and the Arabic world – a cooperation that is unique in Europe. Our new internationally focused Master’s degree programs include excellent opportunities for active student exchange and continual expansion in cooperative research.”

Top State Honor for Services in Support of Local Economy and Research
In honor of His Excellency’s exceptional services in support of Upper Austria as a location of business and research, during the ceremony at the JKU Upper Austrian Governor Dr. Josef Pühringer presented H.E. Yousef Omair Bin Yousef with a Gold Medal of Honor by the State of Upper Austria. During his speech, Dr. Pühringer remarked: “His Excellency is a cornerstone of the successful cooperation between Abu Dhabi and Austria.” He is a catalyst in the cooperation between IPIC (International Petroleum Investment Company), Borealis and Borouge and thus a significant contributor supporting Borealis’ expansion in Austria. The results: 170 new, high skilled jobs were created in Linz and Borealis invested over 100 million euros in the area. The innovative research cooperation initiated by H.E. Bin Yousef with the JKU has not only produced more academic research and teaching, but has also established real economic activity and strong ties to the Arabic region. This serves as a solid base for strategic alliances, thereby invigorating Upper Austria’s economy.

The Governor added: “In the economic region of Upper Austria, polymer materials are leading field. However, we need continual research efforts to help it stay that way. Borealis’ decision to locate in Upper Austria was a very important and decisive course for Upper Austria. H.E. Yousef Omair Bin Yousef’s dedication to Upper Austria as a location of business and research has greatly supported and strengthened these efforts.”

Distinguished Guests
Many distinguished guests from local government, the local business community and the polymer engineering industry were present, including Upper Austrian Governor Josef Pühringer, the United Arab Emirates counselor of embassy, Ali Almarzooqi, the city of Linz Finance Director, Hermann Kepplinger, OMV General Director Gerhard Roiss, the deputy chairpersons at Borealis, Herbert Willerth (Executive Vice President of Borealis), Alfred Stern and Polymer Cluster Director Werner Pamminger.

left to right: Dean Erich Peter Klement, President of the Senate Hans Irschik, Professor Reinhold W. Lang, H.E. Yousef Omair Bin Yousef, Rector Richard Hagelauer

Seminar lecture: „Plastic Pipe Lifetime Predictions and Accelerated Testing“ by Dr. Alexander Chudnovsky

Seminar lecture: „Plastic Pipe Lifetime Predictions and Accelerated Testing“
Dr. Alexander Chudnovsky
UIC Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Director of Fracture Mechanics & Materials Durability Laboratory
Department of Civil and Materials Engineering

Date: 2013-03-12
Time: 16.00

Science Park II, room S2 053

Johannes Kepler University
Altenberger Straße 69, 4040 Linz

Stronger Ties with PI Abu Dhabi

[2013/02/20] The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz and the Petroleum Institute (PI) recently signed a cooperation agreement in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Michael Spindelegger, Vice Chancellor and Austrian Foreign Minister, was present at the signing ceremony. The agreement will serve to continue fostering many years of strong collaboration efforts and relations between both institutions.

Talks between the JKU and PI to explore possible partnership efforts in support of the new academic degree programs in Polymer Engineering Technologies began back in 2005. Five years later, the first Declaration of Intent was signed, outlining the details for joint cooperation. Contact to PI was initiated by OMV Chairman and former Borealis Chairman Gerhard Roiss. Since 2009 the JKU has offered Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degree programs in Polymer Engineering Technologies, Polymer Chemistry, and Management in Polymer Technologies. Winter Semester 2013/2014 will see the start of the new Master’s degree program in Polymer Technologies and Science. At the same time - and with the support of Borealis - polymer engineering programs have developed at PI.

JKU Rector Richard Hagelauer remarked: “In the fast growing, future oriented field of Polymer Engineering, the JKU leads the pack. We offer sound academic education, modern facilities and quality infrastructure. During the past few years, four Polymer Engineering institutes have been established. We have also benefitted greatly from our cooperation with PI and this agreement will increase our momentum; it plays a role in our quality assurance and boosts our reputation as a research partner for globally successful companies such as Borealis and the OMV. ”

Following the 2010 Declaration of Intent and in lieu of significant developments at both institutions, a cooperation agreement was drafted and then officially signed last week in Abu Dhabi in the presence of Rector Richard Hagelauer, Ismail A. Tag (President and Provost at PI), Abdul Munim Saif Al-Kindy (Chairman of the PI Governing Board), Peter Elsner-Mackay (Austrian ambassador to the United Arab Emirates), as well as Michael Spindelegger (Vice Chancellor and Austrian Foreign Minister).

The agreement calls for increased joint cooperation between the JKU and PI in the field of Polymer Engineering as well as other areas of mutual interest. Activities will include exchange of information, faculty & student exchange programs, as well as joint research activities, participation at interuniversity events, joint conferences, workshops and meetings. In addition, an advising committee consisting of two members from both partner institutions will be created. Committee members will report to both the JKU Rector and the PI’s President and Provost.
Rector Hagelauer added: “The Gulf States are a potentially important area for us as there are great investments there in engineering and natural sciences. We want to make the JKU attractive to the active project partners, students and corporations located there. By signing this cooperation agreement, we have made important strides in this direction.”