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M. Taubländer
T. Bruckmüller
H. Hochegger
Team - Jury and Prize Winner
Lions Grant (M. Taubländer/TU, H. Hochegger/Lions)
Lions Special Price (T. Bruckmüller /TU, H. Hochegger/Lions)

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Lions Sponsorship 2019

In 2019 the Lions Sponsorship was awarded for the fifth time (call). 24 submissions from 7 faculties of the TU Wien have been examined by a jury out of members of the Lions club and the TU Wien. The applications have been evaluated by general and scientific criteria (e.g. demonstration of use of the subsidies, description of the scientific methodology, innovation degree of the work, as well as their potential).

Price Winner Michael Taubländer

Michael Josef Taubländer is currently employed as project assistant in the research group of Prof. Miriam Unterlass at the Institute of Materials Chemistry and the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry at TU Wien.

Within the framework of his PhD project, he is studying novel synthetic preparation method for various organic high-performance materials which solely employs water under high-temperature and high-pressure conditions as reaction medium. Over the last two years Michael Josef Taubländer and Miriam Unterlass were able to show that these so-called hydrothermal processes are perfectly suitable for generating various organic dyes and pigments as well as different polymers of outstanding properties. While classical methods for generating such substances require toxic solvents and often yield harmful reaction byproducts, the strategies developed by the group of Miriam Unterlass do not pose any risk for environment and health. In fact, these novel techniques can be considered as inherently “green”, since water is the only solvent used as well as the only reaction byproduct formed. Hence, handling and disposal of harmful substances can be completely avoided just by replacing the usual synthetic methods by hydrothermal processes based on high-temperature water. In order to bring the hydrothermally obtained products closer to real-life applications, it is now crucial to study and optimized their further processing. The obtained materials also have to be analyzed regarding mechanical, thermal and various other physical properties.

For doing so, Michael Josef Taubländer intends to spend the award of 4000 € on a research stay at the Tokyo Institute of Technology to intensify the already existing collaboration with the research group of Prof. Shinji Ando. He will additionally attend international conferences and workshops as well as purchase hardware for data evaluation.

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Special Price for Thomas Bruckmüller

Thomas Bruckmüller is a PhD student and Project Assistant at the Institute of Powertrains and Automotive Technology.

His dissertation deals with e-mobility and the required charging infrastructure. Using a newly developed methodological approach, a software tool has been created that enables the calculation of charging point, power and energy requirements under freely selectable boundary conditions. This is based on comprehensive mobility behavior data from Austrian vehicle users, real driving energy consumption and the forecast for the fleet development of battery-electric vehicles. The calculated performance and required charging points are used to investigate the effects on various local distribution grid models and to estimate the set-up costs of the charging points. The results of the study so far were published at the 40th International Vienna Motor Symposium 2019, one of the world's leading events of this kind.

In addition to the development of new methods and findings with regard to e-mobility, the cooperation between the automotive and the energy sector was also in the foreground. The combination of these sectors is of highest importance for the successful implementation of e-mobility. Due to the intensive cooperation between the Institute of Powertrains and Automotive Technology (IFA) and the Institute of Energy Systems and Electrical Drives (ESEA), this study successfully combined the aspects and methods of both sectors.

Thomas Bruckmüller will use the award primarily for further development and dissemination of his research project. It is planned to attend conferences and to publish the study in various professional media and journals.

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Vienna young Scientist Symposium

Within the scope of the Vienna young Scientist Symposium on Fr 14th of June the research projects were presented. The Lions Grant 2019 has been awarded during the following gala dinner.

Presentation M. Taubländer: Expanding the Scope of Hydrothermal Polymerization

Presentation T. Bruckmüller: Charging infrastructure for electric vehicles: demand, cost and impact on the energy supply in Austria by 2030

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