Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology

Interfacial Engineering and Materials Science

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Molecular Biotechnology

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Physical Process Technology

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Environmental Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering

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Cell and Tissue Engineering

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Bio, Electro and Chemocatalysis BioCat, Straubing branch

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Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP

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Translational center "Regenerative therapies", Würzburg branch

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Welcome to Fraunhofer IGB

The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB develops and optimizes processes and products in the business fields of health, chemistry and process industry, as well as environment and energy. We combine the highest scientific standards with professional know-how in our competence areas – always with a view to economic efficiency and sustainability. Our strengths are offering complete solutions from the laboratory to the pilot scale. Customers also benefit from the cooperation between our five R&D departments in Stuttgart and the institute branches located in Leuna, Straubing and Würzburg.


Polyamides from a waste stream of the wood industry

Fraunhofer researchers have developed a process for the manufacturing of high-quality plastics from terpenes, a waste stream of the cellulose production. They will present their new bioplastic and its possible applications from October 19 – 26 at the K 2016 trade fair in Düsseldorf. Visitors can find the joint Fraunhofer booth in Hall 7, Booth SC01.

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Optimizing sludge treatment

Wine harvesting season is a challenge for wastewater treatment plants. When the grapes are being processed, the effluent load rises steeply – by a factor of 17 in the Palatinate town of Edenkoben. High-load anaerobic digestion provides a flexible solution that cuts power consumption by 20 percent, generates over half of the required electricity on site and greatly reduces sewage sludge volumes.

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Artificial skin tests for stopping sun damage

Sun rays damage unprotected skin. Substances in medications or lotions applied to the skin can be chemically modified by sun rays to have a toxic effect on the body. An accredited in-vitro test method at Fraunhofer IGB in Stuttgart measures the phototoxic potential of substances or cosmetics. The skin model was advanced with the addition of pigmentation that enables the testing of self-tanning agents.

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Gasoline additives from sugar

Fuel additives such as isooctane have so far been produced from mineral oil. Commissioned by the French-German company Global Bioenergies, the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna will soon be producing biobased additives for gasoline. The source is bio-isobutene, which is obtained biotechnically from sugar.

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The World’s No. 1 Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber / 19.10.2016

Fraunhofer at K 2016 Trade Fair

For your success – we show our research competences and innovative ideas.

Fraunhofer IGB News / 28.6.2016

Tissue Engineering of the Lacrimal Gland

In June 2016, Katja Schenke-Layland was awarded the Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Harold F. Cleaver International Research Scholar Award.  

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