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Das Resources Innovation Center Leoben an der Montanuniversität Leoben beherbergt internationale Beteiligungen der Universität im Bereich der nachhaltigen Forschung, Ausbildung und Industrialisierung. Unsere Vision ist es eine klimafreundliche nachhaltige Zukunft des Rohstoffsektors voranzutreiben.

Journey 2020



The Journey is a EIT Climate KIC summer school programme for Master/PhD students and young professionals and is held in through July, August and September. It focuses on climate action, innovation, systems transformation, and community building. Due to current circumstances, the Journey will go online! We are preparing an extraordinary experience for the participants, unique for its complexity and multiple level of climate actions conserved even in a digital format! We are excited to see the results of this innovative format and we are equally looking forward to the challenge of a digital Journey. Leoben will “host” the first two weeks for 40 of the 400 young professionals that are participating in the Journey all over the world.

September 2020 – RM@School teaser video

We proudly present our new teaser video for RM@Schools. RM@Schools is a Wider Society Learning project funded by the EIT, focused on an innovative program to make science education and careers in RM attractive for youngsters. An active learning approach will be proposed to schools through RM Ambassadors by involving students in experiments with RM-related hands-on and digital educational toolkits, in excursions to industries, and in science dissemination activities. Apply here

Sustainable Carbon Supply and Energy Mining

Sustainable Carbon Supply and Energy Mining based on Methane decomposition is seen as a major contribution to a future carbon footprint reduction while maintaining a sustainable supply with raw materials and green energy. Natural gas is the fossil fuel containing the least impurities with an estimated global resource of around 800 trillion m³. Although the composition of natural gas can vary to some extent, its primary component is methane, CH4. By endothermic decomposition (methane pyrolysis) methane can be split into its components carbon  and hydrogen (H2) where especially hydrogen is of interest as a future alternative for various industrial applications. Additionally, there is a high potential for various large-scale applications of carbon, especially in construction and agriculture, if the carbon is available at a lower price than from presently available resources.

Besides the well-known research activities of Montanuniversität Leoben in the fields of metallurgy, raw material supply, and mineral processing the university also has a profound knowledge in the field of high-tech research and applications of carbon based materials. This is a key factor for the sustainable valorisation of a considerable portion of the carbon product from the methane pyrolysis from the economic point of view.

The efficient storage of energy combined with a minimum carbon footprint, as well as the effective capture and conversion of unwanted greenhouse emissions are considered the major challenges towards a progressive, sustainable and environmentally friendly society on a global scale [Aneke2016]. Energy can be stored in pure chemical form using gas carriers with high heating values, such as hydrogen (H2), as well as in electrical form, for instance in batteries or by storing ions at the electrode/electrolyte interface in electrical double layers capacitors. Storage of energy by these technologies opens the most attractive scenarios towards replacement of the present utilization of finite, carbon-rich and environ­mentally harmful fossil fuels, such as diesel and gasoline.

Consequentially, methane pyrolysis is a crucial and promising technology for the economic production of hydrogen at industrial scale without a CO2 footprint while additionally generating value from the carbon product. The current challenges for future industrial implementation of this technology are (1) the scalability of the processes and (2) the generation of high-value carbon products for small markets as well as low-price valorisation routes for bulk markets like construction industry and agriculture.

Project partners: Montanuniversität Leoben, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Primetals Technologies Limited, Wien Energie GmbH, voestalpine AG, RAG Austria AG

Mag.a iur. Anna Voica

Anna Voica ist im RIC für den Bereich „Business Development und Project Management“ zuständig. Ihr Hauptaugenmerk liegt auf den Aufbau des Angebots im Bereich Business Development, in engster Zusammenarbeit mit dem EIT RawMaterials und zukünftig auch mit dem Kompetenzzentrum unter der Schirmherrschaft der UNESCO. Die Strategien dabei umfassen die Veranstaltung von Events sowie die Recherche, Informationsaufbereitung und Kontaktaufnahme mit aktiven Partnern im Start-up/KMU Bereich österreichweit. Zukünftig soll das bestehende Netzwerk der Universität ausgebaut und neue Kooperationen mit Start-up Plattformen, Inkubatoren, anderen österreichischen technische Universitäten und Fachhochschulen, Start-up-Event-Veranstaltern, Ministerien und anderen Organisationen aufgebaut werden. Das Ziel der Anstrengungen ist es den unternehmerischen Geist in Österreich voran zu bringen, Forschung aus den Universitäten verhelfen als Produkte dem Markt zugänglich zu machen sowie Studierende und Absolventen für das Unternehmertum zu begeistern. Anna Voica ist Juristin, Mediatorin und Absolventin der Diplomatischen Akademie Wien.

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LifeLong Learning in Powder Metallurgy

PM Life is a training on Powder Metallurgy organised by the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) and some of its affiliates. During five weeks, trainees will learn about powder metallurgy and its sectors (powder production, press & sinter, metal injection moulding, hot isostatic pressing, additive manufacturing). Each week will take place in a different European country (Sweden, France, Spain, UK, Germany) and will consist in basic and advanced courses on specialised PM topics and horizontal topics including materials science and engineering and entrepreneurship, case studies in factories or universities and a plant visit. Following the training weeks, a three-week internship will be proposed to the participants either in a factory or in a university, to practice what they have learned during the course in an actual working environment. At the end of the training, an EPMA certificate will be granted after evaluation by an exam. Expected participants hold at least a Master’s degree and have some knowledge on materials science. They may already work in the PM field or wish to enter this field.

01/2018 – 30/2021
EIT RawMaterials – Lifelong Learning

Montanuniversität Leoben (Partner), Chalmers University of Technology, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, ERAMET Research, European Powder Metallurgy Association, Fraunhofer-Institut, Höganäs, Hub Innovazione Trentino, Grenoble Institute of Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Sandvik, Universidad Carlos III of Madrid;

Industrial Liaison Department – Christian Kukla
Total: € 930.705
Montanuniversität Leoben: € 6.500