K-Project Industrial Methods for Process Analytical Chemistry (imPACts)

In the K-Project "Industrial Methods for Process Analytical Chemistry - From Measurement Technologies to Information Systems" new process analytical measurement techniques shall be realised. The measured data will be used for the optimization of process-modeling and will enable self-sufficient and autonomus control and optimize production processes in process control systems.

Facts and Figures:

4 years (01.09.2014 - 31.08.2018)                           

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Funding program:   
COMET (administered by FFG)

Governments of Austria (BMDW, BMVIT); Federal State of

Upper Austria & Lower Austria
Project partners: 11 Company partners; 8 Scientific partners
Consortium leader:    
Project structure: 5 sub-projects


Whether you produce medicals, mineral oil products or beer: In all chemical and biochemical processes you need to know what is momentarily going on in your process, in the reactors, in order to get information about the process. In many cases this means to interrupt the process for taking a sample - which may not always be easy. Besides accuracy, also speed of measurement plays an important role. The problem is, that often it takes hours to have the results available. If such a result shows any defects then, this could, in the worst case, mean that the entire production is unusable. 

Inline Process analytical technologies avoid these problems: By immediate and regulatory intervention shorter process times are possible. Hence also the quality of the product can be measured at all stages of the process. A further advantage of process analysis is, that it helps companies to save raw materials and energy as well as to reduce waste. Moreover health and environmental hazards can be avoided, through the elimination of potentially hazardous taking of samples. 

Process analysis on the one hand helps companies to save costs and on the other hand contributes to the competitiveness for the industrial location Austria.


  • Generation of knowledge on chemical production processes through novel analysis, multivariate data analysis, computational fluid dynamics, simulation and mechanistic modeling.
  • Development of advanced optical and MEMS based sensor systems for ultra-sensitive, fast and spatially resolved measurement of the chemical and physical properties of fluids, solids and multi-phase samples.
  • Transfer of methodological approaches to industrial partners, for use in different - but similar - production processes.


  • Applicable process analytics for the industrial production in various industrial sectors
  • New measurement technologies to gain valid information from the processes
  • Analysis on an elemental and molecular level
  • Description of condition with matematical models
  • Useful application of mathematical models in the industry (Computational Model Life-Cycle Management - CMLCM)
  • Tools for improved process understanding
  • Knowledge generation and transfer to the industry
  • Process optimization by modern analytical methods


The results and benefits of the K-project imPACts are presented in "Success Stories".
Publications within imPACts you can find here!