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    Contribute to shaping the future of instrumental analytics and characterization for a chance to win the prestigious Anton Paar Research Award with a monetary prize of € 20,000.

Anton Paar Research Prize has been awarded

The first Anton Paar Research Award for Instrumental Analysis and Characterization goes to research teams from Finland and Austria.

The first Anton Paar Research Prize for Instrumental Analysis and Characterization has been granted. The prize money of 20,000 Euro will be divided between two projects that are outstanding both scientifically and in their metrological implementation. Robin Ras and Zhou Quan from Aalto University in Finland convinced the jury with their project for locally resolved measurement of the wettability of surfaces. Johannes Waclawek and Bernhard Lendl from the Technical University of Vienna were awarded for a compact, high-resolution trace gas sensor. A total of 69 projects from 19 countries were submitted for Anton Paar's first research prize.

Welcome to the Anton Paar Research Award

The Austrian specialist for analytical instruments and measuring equipment Anton Paar is calling for applications for the 1st “Anton Paar Research Award for Instrumental Analytics and Characterization”. To be eligible for consideration, proposals need to focus on new methods and/or applications in instrumental chemical analytics or the physical characterization of materials and must not be older than two years. Additionally, the proposals should show a high probability of enabling new scientific or industrial products and/or applications.

Open to everyone

The application is open to anyone interested in chemical analysis or physical characterization. The focus should be on new methods and applications. Projects that are not published may also be submitted, provided the above criteria are met.

Award of 20,000 euros

The Anton Paar Research Award has a prize of 20,000 euros funded by Anton Paar. The winners will be selected by a jury consisting of representatives from renowned Austrian universities and Anton Paar. All entries will be judged based on the potential for application as a product or method, and the impact on the development of new or improved measuring technologies. If there are two or more winners, the prize money will be shared. The prize will be awarded in November 2018 at the Anton Paar headquarters in Graz, Austria, or at an Anton Paar subsidiary to which the winners will be invited.

The jury

Ronald Henzinger

Head of Research & Development, Anton Paar

Ronald Henzinger is a physicist with longstanding experience of various sensor technologies in the automotive and analytical instrument business.

Prof. Ferdinand Hofer

Professor at the Graz University of Technology and Head of the Institute of Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis

Prof. Hofer’s research interests focus on advanced electron microscopy of materials and nanostructures.

Prof. Oliver Kappe

Professor of Chemistry at the University of Graz (Austria); Scientific Director of the Center for Continuous Flow Synthesis and Processing (CC FLOW) at the Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering (RCPE)

Prof. C. Oliver Kappe’s main research interests involve continuous flow chemistry, API manufacturing, and process intensification technologies.

Prof. Wolfgang Kern

Chair of Chemistry of Polymeric Materials, Montanuniversität Leoben; Scientific Director of the Polymer Competence Center Leoben

The research interests of Prof. Kern comprise polymer photochemistry, radiation-induced polymerization and crosslinking reactions, and the chemistry at surfaces and interfaces.

Gerhard Murer

Future Business Activities, Anton Paar

Gerhard Murer is Chief Scientist at Anton Paar and explores future business potentials.

Selection process

Unfortunately, we no longer accept entries for the Anton Paar Research Award 2018. Our jury is currently evaluating the applications and selecting the winner. Information about the award ceremony will be available soon.


A universal in-situ rheometer

Michele Schirru

Ionix AT

Alternative Energy Source: Gymnasium Instruments

Arnab Dutta

Larsen & Toubro Limited

Application of Nano-Surfactants for EOR

Azad Anugerah Rasol

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia


Tomaz Einfalt / Martina Garni

University of Basel

Austenitemeter - rapid determination of austenite

Jiří Pechoušek & Lukáš Kouřil

Palacký University in Olomouc

Big-Data-Ansatz der IF als ZfP von Festkörper

Uwe Arlic

Big-Data-Ansatz der IF als ZfP von Festkörper

Characterization of nano oils off refrigeration

Eduardo Sousa


Co-resonant concept for cantilever sensors

Julia Körner

Leibniz Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung IFW Dresden

Cohesive-Frictional Strength Characterization

Reza Keshavarzi

University of Alberta

Correlation between ASTMD5304 and ASTM D7545

Vanamamalai Mahalingam


Coupling corrosion currents to corrosion images

Paul Denissen

Delft University of Technology

Density measurements at high pressure

Gregor Kravanja

University of Maribor

Direkte Probenbelichtung während NMR Messungen

Eduard Stadler

TU Graz

Dusty Light Scattering Made Clean

Sandor Balog

Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg

Elemental Impurities in Pharmaceutical Products

Márcia Mesko

Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil

Elongational Rheology: A Fingerprinting Technique

Amukelani Nkuna


Elucidate multiphase materials in controlled flow

Stefan Gstöhl

ETH Zürich

Emission Source for On-line Elemental Analysis

Stuart Schroeder

InnoTech Alberta

F Determination: Successive Digestions by MIC

Erico Flores

Federal University of Santa Maria

Fluorescent SO2 and active labels in winemaking

Federico Piano

Bi.lab srl

From natural sources to advanced porous materials

Raffaele Ricco

Graz University of Technology

FTIR analysis of ash in wine

Tjaša Jug

Institute of agriculture and forestry Nova Gorica

Full automation Sugar lab system

Hany Mahrous

Atef Habib Rizk

Gas Hydrates in Confined Spaces

Lars Borchardt

Technische Universität Dresden

High-throughput micro-scale flow curves

Daniel Kiener

Montanuniversität Leoben

Innovativer Feuchtesensor aus CNT-Kompositen

Elisabeth Abbe

Technische Universität Dresden

Instrumented Hardness of Polymers in PV Modules

Djamel Eddine Mansour

Fraunhofer ISE

Klebefugen messen mit Zugprüfgeräten

Gerhard Simon

Maxwell−Wagner Effect Applied to Self-Ignition

Sandra Cruz

Federal University of Santa Maria

Mechanical characterization of micro/nanomaterials

Maria Pantano

University of Trento

Micro-mechanical imaging of dynamics in materials

Marlies Nijemeisland

Wageningen University & Research / TU Delft

Microwave-Induced Combustion in Disposable Vessels

Fábio Duarte

Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

MR Rheometer Adapted to Universal Testing Machine


State University of Maringa

Multiparameter optical sensing on fiber tips

Ivana Sersic Vollenbroek

Eindhoven University of Technology

Mutual diffusion coefficient

Ehsan Behzadfar

Lakehead University


Sergey Makarov

ITMO University

Nanostructures in rocks

David Misch

Chair of Petroleum Geology, Montanuniversitaet Leoben

New DSR test: fatigue study of bituminous blends

Andrea Baliello

University of Padua

New Method for Determining CEC of Bentonitic Clays

Camila Tavares Brasileiro

Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB)

OMNY – high-resolution 3D X-ray imaging

Mirko Holler

Paul Scherrer Institut

Paint touch-up through rheology

Marvin Alexy Villalta Hernandez

Sherwin Williams of Central America

Piezo-resistive behavior of glass/epoxy composites

Mohd Shukry Abdul Majid

Universiti Malaysia Perlis

Plasma induced breakdown spectroscopy for analysis

Nafarizal Nayan

Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia

Probenaufschluss mit überkritischen Säuren

Helmar Wiltsche

TU Graz

Raman spectroscopy for fast analysis of biofluids

Luis Felipe Carvalho

Universidade de Taubaté

Centro Universitário Braz Cubas

Rapid Mass Calorimeter: Hochdurchsatzbrandanalytik

Sebastian Rabe

Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)

Resonanter Mikrosensor zur Flüssigkeitsanalyse

Georg Pfusterschmied

TU Wien

Rheometric uses

Pratip Mukhopadhyay

S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences

Rheometry for the optimization of stencil printing

Benjamin Gyarmati

Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Sand Displacement Method for Bulk Density of Solid

Tushar Gupta

IIT Bombay

SAXS Multi-Stimuli Sample-Holder for 4D Materials

Bruno Ribeiro de Matos

Universidade de São Paulo

Scanning Droplet Adhesion Microscopy

Robin Ras

Aalto University

Sensitive and Compact Laser-based Gas Detection

Johannes Waclawek

Inst. f. Chem. Tech. u. Analytik, TU Wien

Simultaneous chemical imaging and identification

Shane Ellis

Maastricht University

Site-specific atom probe specimen preparation

Katharina Leitner

Montanuniversität Leoben

Smart hydrogel-based biomedical sensor platform

Julia Körner

University of Utah

soniccatch & sonicwipe – accurate measuring

Georg Heinz

usePAT GmbH

Specifying the impacted area near abandoned mines

Armin Kavehei

Macquarie University

Synthesis of Grenner Solvents by Microwave

Mario Henrique Gonzalez

UNESP - São José do Rio Preto-SP

Teststand für Dampf-Sorptionskinetik „STS_2.0“

Alexandra Lieb

Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

The Fascinating Future of Friction

Raisa Rudge

Wageningen University and Research

Thermal conductivity and electrical insulation

Mohd Ridzuan Mohd Jamir

Universiti Malaysia Perlis

Tomographic Chemical Imaging Down to the Nanoscale

Mike Reading

University of Huddersfield

Tracking-free microrheology of soft materials

Fabio Giavazzi

University of Milan

TRIbological analysis of tailored tool SURFace

Mohd Hafis Sulaiman

Universiti Malaysia Perlis

Using electrokinetic leakage for characterization


Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes - UMR CNRS 6226

Vane-in-a-Filter: Measuring Shear and Compression

Eric Hoefgen

The University of Melbourne

Verlaufscharakterisierung handelsüblicher Lacke

Fabian Seeler

Fraunhofer IPA

About Anton Paar

From its establishment in 1922, Anton Paar has evolved from a one-man locksmith’s workshop to a company specialized in precision mechanics and finally into a company that is known around the world for its highly accurate analytical instruments and measuring devices. To achieve this transformation and to further grow through innovation, Anton Paar GmbH invests 20 percent of the company’s annual turnover in research and development and is continuously thriving through collaboration with academic institutes and other research partners.