SONAR final meeting in Karlsruhe

EU project SONAR final meeting 2023

The final meeting of the EU project SONAR took place on 13.12.23. As a reminder: In SONAR, seven different research institutions worked on the development of a computational high-throughput screening process for novel organic active materials for redox flow batteries. The demonstrator is available at We will provide a final version of the project website at In other words, we will now reorganize it somewhat and have already started to do so, so that information and results from the individual SONAR participants will be available.

Finally, and very importantly, the Fraunhofer SCAI is now offering a service for all interested parties as a point of contact for the developed screening process. In principle, the screening is not limited to redox flow batteries, but can ultimately be adapted for all organic materials with specific properties, especially for other battery types.

It has been a special honor for me to coordinate this very interesting project over the last four years with these extremely professional and outstanding partners.

Meeting at the University of Queensland

Visit at University of Queensland AIBN

On November 21, 23, a meeting between ESIAP, QUT, Fraunhofer ICT and UNSW took place in Brisbane at the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering.

The subject of the discussions was the future cooperation between ESIAP, Fraunhofer ICT, UQ and UNSW.

Visit of ESIAP and Queensland University of Technology

Visit at Queensland University of Technology

On November 20, 2023, a meeting was held in Brisbane at the invitation of Energy Storage Asia Pacific at their location followed by a visit to the Queensland University of Technology. Also present was Prof. Maria Skyllas-Kazacos, developer of the vanadium redox flow battery. The subject of the discussions was the future cooperation of all five institutions, ESIAP, Fraunhofer ICT, QUT, UQ and UNSW.

UNSW enters the top 20

UNSW top 20

UNSW Sydney has moved up 26 spots in the 2024 QS World University Rankings to equal 19th alongside its crosstown counterpart the University of Sydney. The two universities are now ranked equal second in Australia.

The city of Sydney now boasts 10 per cent of the top 20 universities in the world, affirming the city’s reputation as a great global city for higher education. Of 38 Australian universities ranked, three (15 per cent) are in the global top 20, an extraordinary achievement for a nation of only 0.3 per cent of the world’s population.

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