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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Innovations at Interfaces – Welcome to Fraunhofer IGB

The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB develops and optimizes processes, products and technologies 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 and Straubing.


Innovative process for environmentally friendly manure treatment comes onto the market

The BioEcoSIM process for the treatment of liquid manure developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB is being introduced to the market by SUEZ Germany as an operator of large-scale plants. This creates an opportunity for farms to dispose of surplus manure and digestate. Slurry treatment products are phosphate fertilizers, ammonium fertilizers and organic soil improvers. The partners will announce their cooperation for the market launch at IFAT from May 14 – 18 in Munich.

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Process analysis in real time

With a real-time mass spectrometer developed by Fraunhofer researchers, it has become possible for the first time to analyze up to 30 components simultaneously from the gas phase and a liquid, including in-situ analysis. This sensitive measurement system is also suitable for the automated monitoring and control of chemical reactions and biotechnological processes. From April 10 to 13, 2018 the team of developers is presenting its new measurement system at the Analytica trade fair in Munich.

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Markus Wolperdinger takes over the management of Fraunhofer IGB

Dr. Markus Wolperdinger has taken over the management of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB as of March 1, 2018. Wolperdinger, who has a doctoral degree in chemistry and many years of industry experience in the field of industrial biotechnology and plant construction, is already very familiar with the Institute through his work on the IGB Board of Trustees. Wolperdinger also played a major role in the establishment of the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna.

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Monomers from camphor enable biobased plastics

Within the scope of the international research project “Camphor-based polymers”, the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB will, in the coming year, research sustainable production processes for biobased monomers. These are suitable as starting materials for plastics that so far have been produced on the basis of crude oil. Camphor, a terpene produced in large quantities in China from by-products of the pulp industry, can be considered as a biobased alternative to fossil raw materials.

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Trade fair / May 14–18, 2018 in Munich


Fraunhofer IGB presents in Hall B2 (booth 215/314) the processes developed at the institute for water treatment and the recovery of resources or nutrients from wastewater and waste streams.

Workshop / May 24–26, 2018 in Stuttgart


The workshop will focus on the various challenges in the development of organ-on-a-chip systems. Call for abstracts will open December 4, 2017.

Trade fair / June 11–15, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main


We will present in Hall 9.2, booth D66 our broad range of services in the fields of "Material Separation / Separation Technologies", "Biobased Chemicals and Materials / Biorefineries" and "Electrosynthesis / Electricity as a Raw Material".  

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