General management

Thomas Buergler

CEO

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Thomas Buergler is the CEO of K1-MET. He studied metallurgy at the Montanuniversität Leoben. Thomas has 25 years of experience as project manager and research leader in Iron and Steel metallurgy and processes. He is responsible for national environmental and energy aspects in the field of metallurgy and for cooperations in international research and investment projects. Coming  from a mechanical engineering and metallurgical education, Thomas is also lector for process technology at Leoben University and material technology at the Secondary Technical College in Linz.

Johannes Schenk

CSO

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Johannes Schenk is the CSO of K1-MET. He studied process engineering at Graz University of Technology (PhD degree in 1989). From 1990 to 2008 he was employed at Siemens VAI Metals Technologies (former Voest Alpine Industrieanlagenbau) in the technology field of ironmaking. He had there the positions of general manager and vice president for research and development of new reduction technologies (FINEX®, COREX®, FINMET®). Since 2008 Johannes is full professor at the Montanuniversität Leoben at the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy (Head of Chair). He is member of national and international committees and published as author and co-author numerous papers in journals and conference proceedings. Schenk is is co-inventor of more than 30 patent families.

Gerold Huemer

Authorised Representative

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Gerold Huemer is the authorised representative of K1-MET. Working for more than 15 years at several financial departments of one of the leading iron and steel processing companies Gerold has gained solid experience in financial management within the branch. Further building on his international contracting experience Gerold stayed for about a year in Texas to support an advanced FDI-Project of his previous employer. Gerold holds a master degree in business economics.

Administration

Anja Lehninger

Secretariat Linz

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Anja Lehninger is the secretary and assistant to the CEO and CFO. She receives visitors and is the first point of contact in administrative and organisational matters. Anja enjoys the contact with people and has always an open ear for her fellow human beings.

Silvia Freudenthaler

Secretariat Linz

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Silvia Freudenthaler is secretary and assistant to the CEO and CFO. She receives visitors and is the first point of contact in administrative and organisational matters.

Carmen Grandl

Secretariat Leoben

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Carmen Grandl is the secretary and contact person for the Leoben office.

You can reach her from Monday to Wednesday from 7.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and on Thursday from 7.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

Area management

Johannes Rieger

Area Manager

+43 3842 402 2280

Johannes Rieger leads project activities in Research Area 1 Raw Materials and Recycling (process development, characterization and utilization of raw materials and residuals in iron and steel industry) and 2 Metallurgical Processes (converter, continuous casting, electro slag remelting, copper refining). He studied at the Montanuniversität Leoben whereas his university education is based on process technology with focus on industrial environmental protection. He has 10 years experience in working within the COMET K1-MET programme (within the first 4 years, he wrote his PhD thesis concerning the pollutant formation during thermal Blast Furnace Gas utilization). Furthermore he was also assistant of the prior Research Area 1 management during the K1-MET funding period 2011 to 2015.

Irmela Kofler

Area Manager

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Irmela Kofler leads projects in Research Area 3 on Low Carbon Energy Systems (Hydrogen based steelmaking, CO2 utilization, energy efficiency). After her technical chemistry degree at the Graz University of Technology with focus on process engineering she did her PhD in synthetic biofuels. Her experience in metallurgical and energy recovery topics she got during developing a new process line for primary converter dedusting, including a heat recovery unit and a filter unit.

Bernhard König

Area Manager

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Bernhard König manages projects within research Area 4 Simulation and Analyses. He has several years of experience in the field of fluid mechanics, data analysis, and experimental design and validation. Bernhard optains his PhD in the field of Mechatronics at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, related to multiphase flows. He is experienced with Open-Source software, measurement techniques, as well as several programming languages. Furthermore, Bernhard is responsible for our IT-structure and software development strategy.

Hadi Barati

Post-Doc in Area 3

+43 3482 402 3119

Hadi Barati is post-doc researcher and works in Research Area 4, Project 4.1, on numerical modeling of clogging in the Submerged Entry Nozzle (SEN) in continuous casting. He focuses on development of an Eulerian-Lagrangian model to simulate transport phenomena of non-metallic inclusions in turbulent melt flow, as well as evaluation of the model with laboratory experiments of clogging in an induction furnace.

Markus Bösenhofer

PhD student in Area 4

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Markus Bösenhofer is PhD student at the Vienna University of Technology and works in Research Area 4, Project 4.3. He focuses on the development of a CFD model to simulate the raceway zone of blast furnaces and the conversion of alternative reducing agents.

Birgit Bückner

Post-Doc in Area 1

+43 3842 402 2286

Birgit Bückner is a researcher in the Area 1 and works on the mineralogy and petrology of iron ore sinter. She finished her PhD studies at the Montanuniversität Leoben. in December 2018. Already since 2012, she works within the K1-MET programme as a researcher on the valuation and optimization of iron carriers in reduction processes. Currently, she develops and optimizes a software package for the quantification of mineral phases with image processing.

Elizaveta Cheremisina

Post-Doc in Area 2

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Elizaveta Cheremisina works as a researcher in Area 2. After her degree in Nonferrous Metallurgy in 2013 at the State Mining University of Saint-Petersburg (Russia), Elizaveta joined Montanuniversität Leoben where she completed a PhD study in Ferrous Metallurgy in 2016. During her study, she acquired industrial experience in Russia and Germany. Furthermore, she gained knowledge in the fields of slag metallurgy and heterogeneous process kinetics. After completing her work on Project 2.2, Elizaveta is currently working on several industrial projects investigating the formation of hexavalent chromium in steel slags as well as MgO dissolution kinetics, where she has also the function of the project manager.

Michael Derntl

Post-Doc in Area 3

+43 664 83 64 652

Michael Derntl works as a researcher in Area 3. He studied process engineering at Graz University of Technology with a focus on environmental engineering. He did his PhD in the field of sustainable biofuels, exhaust aftertreatment and heat recovery of internal combustion engines and worked as a researcher for a leading Austrian company in Graz. At K1-MET, he is investigating technologies for the capture and utilization of CO2 from off-gases generated during steel production. 

Monika Draxler

Project Manager in non-funded projects

+43 3842 402 2283

Monika Draxler is working in the non-K area. She completed her studies in Industrial Environmental Protection with a focus on process engineering at the Montanuniversität Leoben. In her Master's thesis, she dealt with the sintering process and the associated emissions. In addition to her current non-K activities, which include the evaluation of research projects on low-carbon steel production, Monika supports the research work in Area 1.

Stefan Eder

Student in Area 2


Stefan Eder works as researcher in Area 2, Poject 2.6, and he operates the Electro Slag Remelting (ESR) plant at the University of Applied Sciences - Upper Austria, School of Engineering (Wels Campus). Currently, he completes his bachelor degree programme in Materials and Process Engeneering. In the course of this, he further develops the ESR process..

Paul Estermann

PhD student in Area 2

+43 1 58801 30816

Paul Estermann is a PhD student working at the Technical University of Vienna within Project 2.3. To gain a better understanding of the formation of cracks after steel casting, the focus of his thesis will lie on e.g. the influence of segregation and dislocations on the ductility at elevated temperatures. Paul finished his Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Vienna. His Master Thesis dealt with the topic of bio-absorbable magnesium alloys for medical implants.

Franz Edler

PhD student in Area 1

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Franz Edler is working on his PhD Thesis in Research Area 1, Project 1.3 on CFD modelling of combustion and particle kinetics. He finished his studies on chemical process engineering and environmental technology at TU Graz. During his studies he acquired knowledge on simulation of flue gas scrubbers in coal-fired power plants.

Marina Gontijo

PhD student in Area 2

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Marina Gontijo is a PhD student at the Graz University of Technology and works in Area 2, Project 2.3. The focus of her work is on the hot ductility behaviour of low alloyed steel during the continuous casting process. She finished her studies on Mechanical Engineering at the University of Brasília (Brazil), where her final project was on the influence of the cryogenic treatment on the superelastic behaviour of a NiTi shape memory alloy. During her year of studies in Germany, she was able to work in the field of surface treatment in the bearing industry. Furthermore, Marina had the opportunity to work in steel processing industries (steel cutting and bending).

Stefan Grobner

Student Researcher in Area 1

Stefan Grobner is a research associate in Area 1. He completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (Campus Wels). He studied Process Engineering and is currently in the master program Bio- and Environmental Engineering. During his bachelor thesis, he dealt with the rapid cooling of blast furnace slag.

Christine Gruber

Post-Doc in Area 4

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Christine Gruber is Researcher in Area 4. She studied Technical Physics at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, followed by a PhD at the Free University Berlin. After that, Christine worked for 5 years in the area of gravitation and astrophysics research. Within K1-MET, she is working on the details of quality prognosis, as well as evaluation and visualization of measurement data from the production process. 

Jeronimo Guarco

PhD Researcher in Area 4

+43 3842 402 3211

Jeronimo Guarco is a PhD student at Montanuniversität Leoben. He studied Chemical Engineering in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, and during his PhD thesis in Research Area 4 in Project 4.2, he works on CFD modeling of refractory erosion mechanisms and on the development of appropriate mathematical formulations.

Marianne Haberbauer

Senior Project Manager in Area 1

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Marianne Haberbauer is a researcher in Area 1. After completing her studies in food and biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, she completed the postgraduate course "Technical Environmental Protection". She has over 20 years experience as a project manager of national and international research projects. Her work focuses on recycling technology with special emphasis on metals and CO2. At K1-MET GmbH, she will also be responsible for the project management of a cross-border research project regarding the utilization of secondary raw materials. 

Anna Haider

Student in non-funded projects

Anna Haider currently studies the master programme Technical Physics at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz. She is employed at K1-MET as student researcher since September 2018 and supports the R&D activities.

David Haider

PhD student in Area 4

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David Haider is working on his PhD thesis in Project 4.4. In his master studies in physics at Johannes-Kepler-University Linz, he gained deeper insight into simulation and method development. This knowledge becomes used in the development process for a new model in fluid dynamics. The model promises a high speedup for the simulation of granular systems.   

Christian Hochenleuthner

Student in Area 3

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Christian is a staff member of Research Area 2. His tasks include the investigation and testing of mould powders and mould slags. Within Project 2.5, he is responsible for the service and maintance of the test facilties and high temperature furnaces, the implementation and analysis of experiments with the hot stage microscope and the determination of the crystallization behaviour of mould slags by using the "Hot Thermocouple Technique".

Gerhard Holzinger

Post-Doc in Area 4

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Gerhard Holzinger is a researcher in Area 4. Among others, his work revolves around the removal of non-metallic inclusions in continuous casting operations.
He studied mechatronics at the JKU in Linz and finished his PhD in mechatronics on the topic of implementing a model in OpenFOAM for mineral flotation.
Gerhard has experience with Linux and open source software, in the course of his thesis he gained 4 years of experience in OpenFOAM.

Thomas Höfler

PhD student in Area 2

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Thomas Höfler is PhD student at the Vienna University of Technology. Within his research project, he investigates the formation of steel-scale interfacial layers in hot strip production. He completed his degree in Technical Chemistry in 2015. Thomas specialised in Materials Engineering and wrote his MSc thesis on ferrous powder metallurgy.

Magdalena Jetzinger

Project Manager in non-funded projects

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Magdalena Jetzinger completed her bachelor course in Technical Chemistry at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and her master degree in Technical Chemistry at the Vienna University of Technology. During her studies, she focused on high performance materials and wrote her master thesis on powder metallurgical steels. Magdalena is working in the non-K area of K1-MET. Within this work, she supports a leading steel producing company in the field of research and development. Her research work includes, among others, material characterization.

Damir Kahrimanovic

Post-Doc in Area 4

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Damir Kahrimanovic is a researcher in Area 4. He studied Mechatronics and completed his PhD at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz. During his ten-year research work on numerical simulations of multiphase flows he gained an extensive experience in the field, with special focus on Lagrangian modelling of particles. In addition to research, Damir currently gives lectures on the Design of process plants at the Mechanical Faculty in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Michael Lammer

Student in Area 2

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Michael Lammer is working in Area 2 in the melting shop at the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy (Montanuniversität Leoben) where he is responsible for the sample analysis and the alloying elements in the course of melting experiments. Michael is studying Metallurgy at the Montanuniversität Leoben..

Irmtraud Marschall

Post-Doc in Area 1 and 2

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Irmtraud Marschall ist a researcher for Project 1.1,  Project 1.2 and Project  2.5, whereas she is the leading project manager for Project 2.5. She studied Ceramics at the Montanuniversität Leoben. Since 2008, Irmtraud works within the COMET K1-MET programme. During this time, she gained experience concerning the investigation and development of mold powders and slags for the continuous casting process of steel. Her PhD thesis focused on the melting process of mold powders. Her current research activities include fundamentals for the generation of alternative mold powders as well as the investigation of slags and refractory materials, especially the tundish lining. 

Markus Maunz

Project Manager in the Non-K Area

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Markus Maunz completed his study in “Metallurgy” with focus on iron and steel metallurgy and non ferrous metallurgy at the Montanuniversität Leoben. Within K1-MET, Markus is working in the NON-K area and supports a leading Austrian steel producing company in its research and development activities. The main focus of his work is on reduction metallurgy.

Kevin Maurer

Lab assistant in Area 1

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Kevin Maurer works as laboratory technician within Area 1 in the technicum of voestalpine Stahl GmbH. He is responsible for experiments at the sinter pot test rig. In the course of this job, Kevin prepares the test runs by mixing the input materials for the sinter feed and afterwards, he performs the sintering tests. Furthermore, the follow-up processing (experiment analysis and secondary samples) are also a part of Kevin’s tasks. Beside this, Kevin participates in a European funded project, which deals with the treatment of LD slag.

Harald Mayrhofer

Student in Area 2

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Harald Mayrhofer works as technician in Area 2 and is currently studying Metallurgy at the Montanuniversität Leoben. Within the COMET and Non-K area of K1-MET, he supports lab-scale trials on the dissolution behavior of Calcium and Magnesium oxide carriers in steel melt and steelmaking slags. Harald is significantly involved in the operation of a high-temperature vertical tube furnace at the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy (Montanuniversität Leoben) and co-responsible for preparation and execution of experimental campaigns.

Hamed Mazaheri

PhD Researcher in Area 1

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Hamed Mazaheri works as PhD Researcher at K1-MET within Project 1.1. He investigates electrochemical properties of metallurgical slags. Hamed finished his master course in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering at the University of Teheran. After that, he gained professional experiences in the field of steelmaking in different companies. During this time, Hamed’s work focused on applications and measurement systems to determine thermodynamic properties of liquid steel and slags as well as on the optimization of steelmaking processes.

Julia Messics

Student in Area 1

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Julia Messics is part of the researcher team in Area 1. She is working on the development of sintering and blast furnance operation at voestalpine Stahl Donawitz. Her work focuses on the investigation of the technological background and the potential of the dehydration of coke breeze on the sinterplant, waste gas recirculation sintering, fluid level measurement at blast furnance via EMK as well as the engineering of a small scale injection facility for fluxes into the blast furnace. After some time in the media scene (television and radio) she currently finishes her study in Metallurgy at Montanuniversität Leoben beside her position in K1-MET.

Roland Mezibricky

Post-Doc in the Non-K Area

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Roland Mežibrický works as researcher in the non-K Area, where he is focused on iron ore sintering. He finished his PhD study in the field of Metallurgy at the Technical University in Košice, Slovakia. In his PhD thesis, he investigated the effect of the chemical composition of sinter phases on their mechanical properties and the sinter strength. His current activities within K1-MET GmbH are connected with the sinter plant of a steel producer.

Bernhard Mitas

PhD researcher in Area 2

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Bernhard Mitas is working on his PhD thesis in Research Area 2, Project 2.2, on optimizing converter steelmaking. He concentrates on the investigation and modelling of the decarburisation rate in BOF Converters. He finished his studies on metallurgy with focus on iron and steel metallurgy at the Montanuniversität Leoben. During his master study, he gained industrial experiences during internships in Austria.

Daniel Marian Ogris

PhD researcher in Area 2

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Daniel Marian Ogris currently works as a researcher in Area 2, Project 2.2. In the course of his PhD thesis, he investigates the modelling of thermodynamics and reaction kinetics of slag systems in the BOF converter. He studied Materials Science and Engineering at the Montanuniversität Leoben with the focus on metallic materials. During diverse internships, he obtained insight into the work of different research and developement departments. During his master course, he worked as a student assistant at the Chair of Mechanics at the Montanuniversität Leoben. 

Razieh Parooei

Project Manager in Area 2

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Razieh Parooei works in Area 2. Her research work is mainly focused on introducing correction of secondary metallurgy slag to improve desulfurization condition in liquid steel. Furthermore, she deals with a systematic investigation of the secondary steelmaking slag analysis for various steel grades. Razieh holds a Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry and is employed as at K1- MET since September 2018. Before that, she earned experience in the field of secondary metallurgy focusing on ladle furnace treatment through working in a steel factory in Iran.ernhard.

Florian-Markus Penz

Post-Doc in Area 2

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Florian M. Penz is working on his PhD Thesis in Research Area 2, Project 2.2, on optimizing converter steelmaking. He concentrates on the investigation and modelling of melting- and dissolution behaviour of scrap, slag formers, and alloy materials in steel plant aggregates. He finished his studies on metallurgy with focus on iron and steel metallurgy at the Montanuniversität Leoben. During his master studies he gained industrial experiences during internships in Austria, Brasil, and Germany.

Dorothea Ploder

Project Manager in non-funded projects

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Dorothea Ploder is working as a researcher in the non-K area. She studied Chemistry (Bachelor) and Advanced Materials Science (Master) at the Technical University in Graz. In her job she deals with research projects on low-carbon steel production. Currently, she is a member of the LowCarbonFuture project team.

Lukas Preuler

PhD student in Area 2

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Lukas Preuler holds a Master degree in metallurgy from the Montanuniversität Leoben. During his studies he acquired fundamental knowledge on various metallurgical processes with focus on iron and steelmaking and metal forming. Now Lukas works as researcher in Area 2 on surface oxidation in casting and steel processing.

Katharina Rechberger

Senior Project Manager in non-funded projects

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Katharina Rechberger finished her studies of Industrial Environmental Protection with focus on process engineering at the Montanuniversität Leoben. After 7 years in an international cement producing company as plant and process engineer, Katharina is now working on the development of metallurgical processes at K1-MET GmbH. One of her main tasks is the investigation of technologies for a reduction of CO2 emissions in the steel production.

Wolfgang Reiter

Student in Area 1

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Wolfgang Reiter is a researcher in Area 1Project  1.3. He finished his Bachelor programme in Metallurgy at the Montanuniversität Leoben. His current research work is focused on the further optimization and the operation of the Flash-Reactor pilot plant. In the course of his master thesis, Wolfgang investigates further possibilities for an external use of the Flash-Reactor slag. After finishing the master programme, Wolfgang will continue his research work within Project 1.4.

Selina Riedler

Project Manager in Area 2

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Selina Riedler finished her studies in Mineral Resources Engineering with focus on “Building Materials and Ceramics” at the Montanuniversität Leoben. During her studies, she worked on the Chair of Ceramics and dealt with the subject area casting powder. The aim of her master theses was to proof the suitability of a High-Temperature Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope for the determination of invariant points. Her current research work in Area 2 is focused on the characterization and development of mold powders for the continuous casting process of steel.

Alexander Rimser

Senior Project Manager Ironmaking

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Alexander Rimser completed the Master's program Industrial Environmental Protection, Waste Disposal Technology and Recycling at the Montanuniversität Leoben, with a focus on metallurgical process engineering. The topic of the MSc thesis was granulation of blast furnace slag. Alexander then spent four years as a process engineer at the blast furnace at a leading Austrian steel company. His area of responsibility includes hydrogen plasma smelting reduction in Area 3, whereas he is the Project Manager of the Projects 3.1 and 3.5.

Amaia Sasiain Conde

Junior Project Manager in Area 3

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Amaia Sasiain Conde works as researcher in Area 3. She studied Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering Bilbao in Spain specializing in Environmental Engineering. Her work wihin K1-MET is focused on the research for a minimization of CO2 emissions as well as the use of hydrogen as an alternative reducing agent within a steel mill. Amaia will provide her skills into the EU-project H2Future whereas she concentrates on the implementation of hydrogen within an integrated steel plant. 

Magdalena Schatzl

Post-Doc in Area 4

+43 732 6989 2838

Magdalena Schatzl is a researcher in Area 4. She studied Technical Physics and received her PhD from the Johannes Kepler Universität Linz. Within K1-MET she is working on CFD simulations with OpenFoam. The second part of Magdalenas work is focused on data-visualization projects in collaboration with industrial partners.

Lukas Schmidt

Project Manager in non-funded projects

+43 3842 402 2285

Lukas Schmidt studied Process Engineering at Graz University of Technology. Afterwards, he worked at Montanuniversität Leoben, Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy, as a research associate in a former K1-MET project on the utilization of ultra-fine ore in a smelting reduction process. His PhD-thesis focused on the reduction of fine iron ore in fluidized bed reactors. Within K1-MET, Lukas currently works as project manager in the EU project DESTINY for a development and demonstration of a microwave assisted firing process for cement, ceramic and steel industry. Furthermore, he supports the activities on the hydrogen plasma smelting reduction process development.  

Axel Sormann

Senior Expert Iron & Steelmaking

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Axel Sormann has more than 30 years of experience in Iron and Steel metallurgy. After the study of metallurgy at the Montanuniversität Leoben he made his PhD in the field of Smelting Reduction of Iron Oxides by Hydrogen. After that there followed 2 years as an engineer in a steel plant and then 20 years in the R&D, 13 years of it as head of the metallurgical department. The last 3 years he was responsible for the R&D co-ordination and the Technology Management of a leading iron and steel processing company.

Andreas Spanlang

Project Manager in Area 4

+43 732 6989 75682

Andreas Spanlang is working on his PhD thesis on the development of an equation oriented process modelling tool for integrated steelworks in the flexible software environment of gPROMS®. He finished his master's degree on "Chemical and Process Engineering" in 2015 at TU Vienna. During his master studies he focused on the development of the blast furnace process route model.

Sabine Spieß

PhD student in Area 1

+43 732 6989 5201

Sabine Spieß is working on her PhD thesis in Area 1 with the focus on metal recovery from secondary raw materials through a bioelectrochemical process. Sabine finished her master’s degree in Bio- and Environmental Technology at the University of Applied Sciences - Upper Austria (campus Wels). During her her master thesis, she dealt with the use of bioelectrochemical systems for various applications, such as CO2-reduction to methane..

Sophie Thallner

Project Manager in Area 1

+43 732 6989 8840

Sophie Thallner is a researcher in Area 1. She studied Biotechnology and Environmental Technology with a focus on Environmental Technology at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (campus Wels). During her master thesis, she focused on bioleaching of waste fractions and was able to deepen her knowledge in further projects She is currently involved in the planning and implementation of bioleaching experiments for the recovery of valuable metals from ashes and slag. 

Maria Thumfart

PhD student in Area 4

+43 732 6989 75640

Maria Thumfart is a researcher in Area 4. Her work focuses on the development of realtime models of the steel flow in the continuous casting plant. After obtaining her masters degree in mechatronics in 2008, she began her research in the field of metallurgical flows, gaining experience in the fields of experimental, analytical and numerical methods.

Alija Vila

PhD student in Area 4

+43 732 2468 6483

Alija Vila is a PhD student at Johannes Kepler Universität Linz and is working as a researcher in Project 4.3. The focus of his work is on modelling of interaction between cohesive particles and interstitial gas by means of CFD-DEM simulations. In the development of these interaction models two different flow regimes are of interest, namely dense gas-solid flows at low Mach numbers and dilute gas-solid flows at transonic Mach numbers. Correspondingly, numerical simulations are tied to application of die filling with cohesive powders, as well as cold spray technology.

Thomas Wolfinger

PhD student in Area 3

+43 732 6592 73132

Thomas Wolfgang is PhD Researcher at the Montanuniversität Leoben working within Research Area 3, Project 3.6. At K1-MET, his research activities are focused on the development of a hydrogen based direct reduction technology for ultra fine iron ores. Thomas already worked on that topic during his master thesis, whereas in the course of this, he quantified possible influences on the reduction of ultra fine iron ore by means of hydrogen. Within Project 3.6, the engineering and operation of a pilot plant will be a part of Thomas work to proof the feasibility of this technology outside laboratory conditions.

Project staff

Stefanie Scheiber

Post-doc in Area 1, 2, and the Non-K Area 

+43 3842 402 2279

Stefanie Scheiber works as post-doc in Area 1 and Area 2 as well as in Non-COMET projects. After finishing her master study in Metallurgy at the Montanuniversität Leoben, she did her PhD thesis about tin alloys at the Chair of Non-Ferrous Metallurgy. Beside executing numerous material-oriented projects, Stefanie focused on the recovery of metals in industrial wastes. During that, she applied pyro- and hydrometallurgical techniques. In future, the tasks of Stefanie include investigations in the fields of slags as well as iron and steel metallurgy.