Welcome to Fraunhofer CBP

In view of the finite nature of fossil resources, the growing demand for resources and climate change, the use of renewable raw materials has acquired great significance. The Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna focuses on the combination of biotechnological processes with chemical processes, and with its pilot scale technical equipment it closes the gap between the laboratory and industrial implementation.

By providing the infrastructure and technical facilities as well as a staff of highly qualified experts, it enables partners from research and industry to develop and scale up processes for the utilization of renewable and petrochemical raw materials to production-relevant dimensions, and also to accelerate process developments. Focus is laid on the use of vegetable oils, the disintegration of lignocelluloses and the production of technical enzymes.

Fraunhofer CBP is a branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart.

Range of services

Process engineering and scale-up – From raw materials to products



Exhibition and Conference | September 17–21, 2023, Berlin


Fraunhofer CBP will be presenting its scaling expertises within the Fraunhofer Chemistry Alliance also as an exhibitor (booth B04).  


European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology & the Bioeconomy | Oct 24–25, Rotterdam

EFIB 2023

We scale up your processes along the entire value chain from raw material to product. Learn about our pilot plants enabling your innovations at booth #12.


The Greener Manufacturing Show | November 8–9, 2023, Cologne

GMS 2023

We support you by optimizing and scaling conversion processes at our modular pilot plants, also providing larger sample quantities and process data.


70 years, 70 voices

Added value through cooperation

Prof. Dr. Andrea Büttner and Prof. Dr. Alexander Böker look to a future of advancing the circular bioeconomy through joint projects.


New project


Sustainability for cosmetics and perfumery: We want to convert the lauric acid occurring in maggot fat into a high-quality fragrance.


»70 Jahre, 70 Stimmen« / 17.8.2023

Valued cooperation

Dr. Holger Wondraczek talks about the benefits of his collaboration with CBP in researching a new opportunity to develop better solutions for his company.


»70 Jahre, 70 Stimmen« / 15.8.2023

Fraunhofer pioneering work continued at UPM

Dr. Leschinsky worked for our branch in Leuna, Fraunhofer CBP, for nine years.


Press release | 25. May 2023

Like-a-Pro now member of Horizon4Proteins

Proud to announce that Horizon4Proteins is growing, a collaboration by EU-funded projects working on alternative proteins.


70 years, 70 voices

Bioeconomy pioneer

Dr. Gerd Unkelbach is proud that he was able to help initiate and establish Fraunhofer CBP as well as the strategic orientation of the institute.


EthaNa® plant officially opened | May 3, 2023

Rapeseed makes more than just oil – it’s a source of proteins too

In addition to canola oil, the oilseed biorefinery supplies a high-protein canola seed concentrate, secondary plant compounds and canola hulls.


70 years, 70 voices

To industrial applications

Dr. Jeannette Hollien from B+B Engineering GmbH gives insight into the successful collaboration with the CBP in the EthaNa project.


Anniversary year 2023

The Fraunhofer IGB celebrates its 70th anniversary, the CBP celebrates its 10th anniversary


Always up to date




We offer a quarterly newsletter for our partners, customers and all interested parties with current research topics, news and event notes.


More info

Our anniversary year “70 years, 70 voices“

We look forward to celebratory events and inspiring voices from employees, former institute directors, and companions and partners from the worlds of research, politics and business.

Virtual tour of the Fraunhofer CBP

360° virtual tour: discover our plants and facilities online

Annual Report 2022/23

Fraunhofer IGB Annual Report with numerous projects and results from IGB and CBP research.

Events and Trade Fairs

Meet us at international fairs and visit our events.