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.


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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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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New Process for Marker-free Cell Selection

At this year’s analytica trade fair in Munich, three Fraunhofer Institutes will be presenting a project from pre-competitive research. Biologists, computer scientists and laser experts have developed a process to analyze and select cells and then examine their protein production. In pharmaceutical research, this will make it possible to develop active ingredients much faster than before.

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Kick-off meeting of the H2020 project “CO2-based Electrosynthesis of ethylene oXIDE – CO2EXIDE”

On 18th/19th January 2018, the kick-off meeting of the CO2EXIDE project “CO2-based electrosynthesis of ethylene oxide”, coordinated by Fraunhofer IGB, Straubing branch BioCat, was held in Brussels. The EU-funded project aims at the development of a combined electrochemical-chemical technology for the production of ethylene oxide from atmospheric CO2 and water using renewable energy.

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Translational Center integrated into ISC

The Translational Center "Regenerative Therapies for Oncology and Musculoscleletal Diseases" headed by Professor Heike Walles has been integrated into Fraunhofer ISC, Würzburg with effect as of August 1, 2017.

Conference / 14–15 March, 2018 in Berlin

Direct Digital Manufacturing Conference

Organized by the Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance, the DDMC is a bi-annual cutting-edge forum for discussion on Additive Manufacturing, including its application in industry and the environmental impact of such new manufacturing technologies.

Workshop / 24–26 May, 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.

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