• The Institute for Chemistry of Renewables Resources ...

    ... investigates the chemical composition and modification of renewable resources.

Chemistry of Renewable Resources

This institute of the Department of Chemistry is concerned with the chemistry of renewable resources („Chemistry NAWAROS“). The research focuses on the following topics:

  • Cellulose chemistry (structural chemistry, dissolution of cellulose and cellulose solvents, cellulosic fibers, aging chemistry and conservation chemistry, bleaching chemistry) and polysaccharide chemistry
  • Biopolymer analytics with an emphasis on cellulose and polysaccharide analytics (molecular weight distributions, profiles of functional groups, substituent distributions, oxidative modifications, chromophore analytics)
  • Chemistry and development of phenolic antioxidants (structure-property relationships, novel tocopherol derivatives, multifunctional stabilizers, phenolic extractives)
  • Chemistry of biomaterials (cellulosic aerogels, lignin, natural and artificial humic substances, lignite, hydrogels)
  • „Green Chemistry“ (sustainable and environmentally compatible chemical reactions, solventless, energy-saving and atom-economical reactions, microwave-supported syntheses, new reaction media)

The methods employed encompass the entire spectrum of organic synthesis with accompanying analytics (cellulosic and phenolic model compounds, cellulose derivatives, isotopic labeling, heterocyclic chemistry), structural aspects (solid-state, gel and solution NMR, EPR, crystal structure analysis) as well as specialized analytical techniques (gel permeation chromatography with multiple detection, hyphenated capillary electrophoresis).

State-of-the-art laboratories and equipment are placed at the disposal of a very active work group with members from all over the world engaged in many national and international collaborations.

As services, several aspects of advanced cellulose analytics and antioxidant chemistry are offered.

Group Rosenau

Chemistry of Renewable Resources
The work group “Chemistry of Renewable Resources“ is primarily concerned with structure and conversions of natural products. Having a focus on synthetic and mechanistic organic chemistry, the research addresses current topics from the borderline region of organic, polymer, natural product and analytical chemistry.

Group Potthast

Biopolymer and Paper Analytics
Research in the work group “Biopolymer and Paper Analytics” covers the whole range of analytical issues related to lignocelluloses and polysaccharides, especially cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin.

Group Liebner

Chemistry of Biomaterials
Chemical modification and conversion of the renewable biopolymers cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin into novel value-added products is the main research focus the group “Biomaterials Chemistry".

Group Böhmdorfer

Biorefinery Analytics
The research group „Biorefinery Analytics” is concerned with the chemical characterization of plant biomass, especially in complex mixtures as they are formed in biorefinery approaches.

Group Hettegger

Hybrid Materials
he “Hybrid Materials” group is primarily dealing with the preparation of organic/inorganic fusion materials for applications in material science and analytical sciences.

Group Bacher

NMR Spectroscopy
The work group “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy” is concerned with structure elucidation of organic molecules and the analysis and characterization of complex mixtures at the atomic/molecular level.

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Advanced Biorefineries: Chemistry & Materials


FunEnzFibres, a collaborative research project between VTT - Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (Project leader), NMBU - Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and BOKU, will explore novel mechano-enzymatic modifications on cellulose and cellulosic fibres using LPMOs and selected hydrolases for development of high-value products in the forest industry.


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Locations Vienna and Tulln

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