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New safety standards thanks to the new generation of vehicle restraint systems

Under the lead of CEST, the Vienna University of Technology together with DELTA BLOC International GmbH has developed a trendsetting concrete technology. The new concrete vehicle restraint systems is based on a major innovation: a reliable breakthrough protection with maximum impact strength - for the first time without any fracture formation.

On the occasion of the 20th crash test in the framework of the project, all project participants gathered on the 17th October 2017 at the test site in Allhaming. Within this test, it was demonstrated that a 13 ton bus with a speed of 70 km/h is not affecting the new generation concrete vehicle restraint system.

von li. nach re. Ulfried Pirker, Jürgen Schodl, Julia Staiger, Emina Silic, Thomas Edl, Gabriele Forgues, Wolfgang Ganster, Ildiko Merta, Rainer Gotsbacher
left to right: Ulfried Pirker, Jürgen Schodl, Julia Staiger, Emina Silic, Thomas Edl, Gabriele Forgues, Wolfgang Ganster, Ildiko Merta, Rainer Gotsbacher




CEST at MS Science

The research vessel "MS Wissenschaft" anchored this year again in Lower Austria and showed the interactive exhibition "Seas and oceans". The opening was made by provincial governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner.

In 2015, a call on the subject water had been launched under the country's "RTI Strategy". The selected innovative projects were presented during the evening events in Krems and Tulln. Philipp Fruhmann from CEST presented the project "Fast and selective detection of organic water contaminants (Watersense)".





Registration trademark - Austrian Patent Office

The trademarks "CEST", "CEST-WITH PASSION FOR SOLUTION" and the CEST logo have been registered at the Austrian Patent Office.





Project SEA-on-a-CHIP

European maritime regions account for over 40% of the EU gross national product (GNP). In addition coastal waters generate 75% of the ecosystem service benefits for Europe’s coastal zone estimated to have an equivalent value of €18 billion/annum. In addition, the non-quantifiable value of the marine resource is huge as it has a direct impact on quality of life, health societal and business development in Europe. Chemical contamination of these areas is a highly complex issue with negative implications for the environment and human health (through the food chain) and related coastal industries such as fisheries. For this reason the main aim of the project is to develop an early warning system that can provide extreme sensitivity with exquisite selectivity towards contaminants.

SEA-on-a-CHIP aims to develop a miniaturized, autonomous, remote and flexible immuno-sensor platform based on a fully integrated array of micro/nano-electrodes and a microfluidic system in a lab-on-a-chip configuration combined with electrochemical detection for real time analysis of marine waters in multi-stressor conditions. This system will be developed for a concrete application in aquaculture facilities, including the rapid assessment of contaminants affecting aquaculture production and also those produced by this industry. The signals will be communicated to a remote control centre. A big advantage of this setup is the fact that it is easy adaptable to other target compounds or other situations required by early warning systems for coastal waters contamination analysis.

The project consortium is composed of 17 partners from all over Europe including 9 research teams, 7 SME partners and an industrial partner.

video- project SEA-on-a-CHIP





Nomination Clusterland Award 2017


The Clusterland Award for the best and most innovative Lower Austrian cooperation projects in the economic sector has already been awardes for the seventh time.

CEST has been nominated for the project "The Unbreakable H4b In-Ground Protection Wall" of the Clusterland Award in the category "The Best Collaboration Project in Research & Development, Innovation".







CEST/DPU - Scientific Partner



The Danube Private University is "scientific partner" of CEST, as part of the FFG´s COMET program.

A collaboration is planned in the framework of diploma and dissertations, which are awarded and co-supervised by CEST. The Topics are within the frameword of electrochemical surface technology.

A first diploma thesis ("Development and deposition of ultra-hard dispersion layers for application on dental drills" has already been awarded to a DPU student.



EMRS - 2017 Spring Meeting Strasbourg



Plenary session 24.Mai 2017

2017 Spring Meeting




Hannover Messe Industrie




Hannover Messe Industrie 2017




CEST has been supporting the Austrian Federation of handicapped people for years




Sponsorenurkunde 2017








„Bioelectrochemistry and more……“

13 and 14th of  June 2016


On 13 and 14 June 2016, scientists from all over the world have met at the invitation of CEST – from renowned research institutes, such as Seoul National University, the University of Rochester and Columbia University – in order to participate in the workshop “Bioelectrochemistry and more...” organised by CEST in cooperation with the AIT. Approx. 100 participants from industry and the world of science have attended this scientific event.

Future issues can only be addressed through interdisciplinary approaches to material sciences (e.g. carbon nanotubes or thin film technologies) with biotechnologically or medically relevant questions (e.g. biosensors or protein technology) by involving the state-of-the-art electrochemical analysis procedures with high local resolution.

This interdisciplinary approach is also part of the research work carried out at COMET K1 centre into electrochemical surface technology, and one of the work priorities of CEST is bioelectrochemistry. Organising such scientific events is an important factor for increasing the centre’s international visibility – as well as that of
Wiener Neustadt as a technology site – and for giving young scientists the opportunity to network and exchange views. The presence of scientific employees in training is also an essential aspect of their personal training in this field, which is why a half day of the workshop is devoted to presenting the work of PhD students.

Speakers invited to this workshop:

Luisa Torsi, Dipartimento di Chimica, Università di Bari, Bari, Italy
Omar Azzaroni, Instituto de Investigaciones Fisicoquimicas, University de la Plata, La Plata, Argentina
Georges Malliaras, Department of Bioelectronics Center of Microelectronics in Provence,
Gardenne Cedey, France
Maria Minnuni, Dipartimento di Chimica “Ugo Schiff”, Sesto Fiornetino, Italy
Emil J. W. List-Kratochvil, Institut für Physik & Institut für Chemie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Martin Weber, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna, Austria
Lewis Rothberg, Department of Chemistry, University of Rochester, USA
Paulo Rocha, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany
Lars Leuken, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Magnus Berggren, Division of Physics and Electronics, Department of Science and Technology,
Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
Gunther Wittstock, Universität Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany
Guido Grundmeier, Technische und Makromelekulare Chemie, Universität Paderborn,
Paderborn, Germany
Wolfgang Schuhmann, Analytical Chemistry-Center for Electrochemical Sciences, Ruhr-Universität
Bochum, Bochum, Germany
Ioannis Kymissis, The Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, USA
Tai Hyon Park, School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea






Career day at the Higher Technical College, Rosensteingasse, 1170 Vienna

March 3rd 2016


A career day took place on Thursday, March 3rd, in the higher technical college for chemical industry on Rosensteingasse, Vienna.

This gave interested pupils the opportunity to meet representatives of industry and the scientific community face to face.

These pupils were able to get a personal impression of what to expect from their professional future or studies. They had the chance to learn about their opportunities generated on the labour market by their education. Apart from CEST Kompetenzzentrum für elektrochemische Oberflächentechnologie GmbH, which was represented by DI Dr. Kleber and Mr. Michrahm, many other participants from well known companies and universities attended this event at the school.

Due to the large number of visitors at the CEST presentation stand, the two representatives of CEST were very busy to satisfy the pupils’ thirst for information.

These pupils, who are close to graduating (4th and 5th grades), were particularly interested in knowing more about future tasks, the work as a whole, as well as development opportunities (career prospects) within the company.

But even younger pupils showed great interest, although they focused more on internship positions than on career paths.
Naturally, our company also devoted great importance to this career day, since the pupils of today are our research centre’s researchers of tomorrow.

We would like to thank the Higher Technical College at Rosensteingasse for the opportunity to present our company, for the keen interest of the pupils and for the possibility to exchange views with other companies and universities!









Chemistry report – CEST opens a new location in Linz

July 14th 2015


The Competence Centre for Electrochemical Surface Technology, CEST, with a head office in Wiener Neustadt, was opening a second location in Linz in order to intensify its cooperation with the Johannes Kepler University as well as the Upper Austrian corporate partners of Voestalpine Stahl and Fronius International.

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Nomination for the 2014 NÖ Innovation Price



from left to right: WKNÖ President Sonja Zwazl, Dr. Lidija Rafailovic, Prof. (FH) DI Dr. Christoph Kleber, LR Dr. Petra Bohuslav (Source: WKNOE Kraus)








Awarding of the “Benefit”

September 12th 2014


On 12 September 2014, the “Benefit”, the business award of the city of Wiener Neustadt, was awarded to winners in five categories during a gala event at the Skyline in Wiener Neustadt:

  • CEST Kompetenzzentrum für elektrochemische Oberflächentechnologie GmbH for “Innovation”
  • Unipack Beratung, Abpack- und Abfüllgesellschaft m.b.H. for “Business and Labour”
  • Reiterer GmbH (earthwork, gravel and concrete) for “Sustainability”
  • KBS Kleider-Bauer Betriebs-GmbH and Hämmerle - Das Modehaus GmbH for “Promoting the City Centre”
  • Linauer GmbH for “Lifetime Achievement”

In his speech, Mayor Bernhard Müller thanked the award winners for their enduring entrepreneurial spirit. To honour the efforts of business operations in Wiener Neustadt that make contributions to the historic city centre, the jury conferred an award in the category “Promoting the City Centre” for the first time this year.

Verleihung Benefit

Photo (Wiener Neustadt administration) left to right: Helmut Sederl, Branch Director of Kleider Bauer Wiener Neustadt, Peter Graf, owner of Kleider Bauer and Hämmerle Astrid Makos, Branch Director Hämmerle - Das Modehaus in Wiener Neustadt, Karl Linauer, Brigitte Linauer, Bernd Reiterer, Christian Reiterer, Mayor Bernhard Müller, Alexander Balatka (CEST), Christoph Kleber (CEST), David Burghart (Unipack), Walter Burghart (Unipack)








Awarding the 2013 NÖ Innovation Price


Abstract: The “electrical insect antenna” for green agricultural research [PDF]



from left to right: Dr. Christoph Nowak, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Knoll 






Kurier Big Business

June 20 th 2013









2nd International Modelling and Simulation Workshop
“Simulations of/at Electrode Interfaces”

25 and 26 th of  June 2013

organised  by AIT and CEST

Venue: Event hall on the first floor of TFZ/Wr. Neustadt


2nd international Modelling and Simulation Workshop




5 years CEST - 12 years of electrochemistry in Wiener Neustadt

June 25 th 2013


Awarding the CEST Award to ECHEM co-founder Dr. Erich Kny



from left to right: VR Prof. Dr. Johannes Fröhlich (TU Wien), Dr. Karl-Heinz Stellnberger (voestalpine GmbH), Prof (FH) DI Dr. Christoph Kleber (CEST), Dr. Erich Kny (CEST), Mag (FH) Alexander Balatka (CEST), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Knoll (AIT), Dr. Andreas Wildberger (FFG), Dr. Georg Bartmann (NÖ, Abt. WST-3)


5 Jahre Cest






9 th International Symposium on Electrochemical Micro & Nanosystem Technologies


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1 st international Modelling and Simulation Workshop
“Simulations of/at Electrode Interfaces”

25 and 26 th of Sept 2012

organized by the Head of the Strategy Board of CEST Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Knoll

Venue: Seminar room on the second floor of CEST/Wr. Neustadt







Awarding the 2011 NÖ Innovation Price


Dr. Petra Bohuslav handing over the certificate to DI Norica Godja






CEST Seminar „Topics in applied electrochemistry“

November 17 th 2011 - 14:00 - 15:00

Venue: Seminar room on the second floor of CEST/Wr. Neustadt

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Achim Walter Hassel, Johannes Keppler University Linz 
“Restructuring and building electrochemistry in Linz





INSECT 2011 - International Symposium on ElectroChemical Machining Technology

November 3 rd  2011  






CEST Seminar „Topics in applied electrochemistry“

October 20 th 2011   - 14:00 - 15:00

Venue: Seminar room on the second floor of CEST/Wr. Neustadt

Prof. DI. Dr. Paul Linhardt, Vienna University of Technology
“Feasibility study – Development of complementary laboratory test methods for corrosion inhibitors”





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