14. October 2014

Research Network for Process Analysis COMET K Project "imPACts" launched

The 5th call for COMET K projects brought approval for six of the ten top-class projects submitted from Upper Austria. Four of the six approved projects are even lead-managed by Upper Austrian consortiums! One of these is " imPACts", a powerful network for process analysis, headed by the Linz company RECENDT GmbH, an associated company of Upper Austrian Research GmbH. The project started in early September. Over the next fours, and with a budget of approximately 6.7 million euros, work will be done on improving industrial chemical and biochemical processes in order to strengthen and maintain Austria's position as a centre of industry. The official project launch took place on 13 October 2014.

The aim of the recently-launched COMET K project "imPACts" is reliable analysis of chemical and biochemical processes, precise understanding of them and their improvement for specific purposes. In the course of the four-year-project, numerous eminent research institutions will cooperate with globally operating industrial concerns to develop new measuring technologies for process analysis.

Gala opening with distinguished guests

The K project was officially launched on Monday, 13 October in the function rooms of the Johannes Kepler University Linz.

Photo, l-r: RECENDT CEO Dr Peter Burgholzer, Prof. Bernhard Lendl, UAR CEO Dr Wilfried Enzenhofer, OMV Innovation Manager Dr Walter Böhme, Upper Austrian Research Minister Doris Hummer, vice-rector Prof. Dr Gabriele Anderst-Kotsis, Institute head Prof. Dr Anton Friedl, scientific project manager Dr Markus Brandstetter and imPACts consortium head Robert Holzer

4 years – 19 partners – funds of 6.7 million euros

"imPACts" is a project of the "Austrian Research Network for Process Analysis" (PAC). This network formed during the previous project, "PAC" (Process Analytical Chemistry). The project title "imPACts" stands for "Industrial Methods for Process Analytical Chemistry – From Measurement Technologies to Information Systems". In the coming four years, new measurement technologies for process analysis are to be developed that optimise production processes. The data obtained will be used to optimise process modelling and can consequently be incorporated in the process guidance systems to achieve control and optimisation of production processes which are as independent and autonomous as possible.

11 partner companies and 8 scientific partners are collaborating on this project which has a budget of 6.7 million euros and is scheduled to run for your years.