Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB

Annual Report 2019/20

Highlights of our current research and the Annual Report 2019/20 as ePaper and for download.

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We combine biology and engineering

More than ever, innovative processes call for the constructive interplay of previously separate technical disciplines in a systems approach. The institute works at the interface between biology and engineering, especially in biotechnology and bioengineering, but also through the interaction of biological systems with technical materials.

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Novel polyamides from biogenic waste stream

The terpene 3-carene is a waste stream from pulp production. IGB researchers use the residual materials as raw materials for biobased plastics with outstanding properties: They have produced amorphous Caramid-R® and semi-crystalline Caramid-S® using a recently patented process.

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Retina-on-a-chip provides powerful tool for studying eye disease

New technology that recreates some of the complexity of the human retina may help scientists study eye disease and screen for drug side effects that harm the eye.

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Catalysts for climate protection

How can we achieve the internationally agreed climate targets? New catalysts, technologies and processes make the greenhouse gas CO2 usable: as a raw material for the production of chemicals, fuels or chemical energy storage systems. This reduces net CO2 emissions and also conserves fossil resources.

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Biological Transformation

Sustainable industrial value creation through the use of biological principles, systems and biotechnological processes

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Chemicals from carbon dioxide

To use the climate-damaging greenhouse gas carbon dioxide for the production of chemicals, IGB and IGVP are developing a combined plasma and membrane process that splits CO2 into oxygen and carbon monoxide. The process is made possible by the separation of oxygen using a new perovskite capillary membrane.

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Our contribution to the Nexus of Water – Energy – Food – Raw materials

Sustainability through integrated resource management

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We combine biology and engineering

What can we do to conserve natural resources and protect the climate? How can we assure an equitable supply of food, water, and raw materials to the world’s growing population? And what can we do to improve the accuracy of diagnostic methods used to detect diseases, provide affordable drug testing, and develop personalized medicine for an ageing society?

Fraunhofer IGB develops processes, technologies and products for health, sustainable chemistry and the environment. For this, we rely on the combination of biotechnological and process engineering competencies in order to contribute to human well-being, a sustainable economy and an intact environment with the systems approach of bioeconomy and bioinspired, biointegrated and biointelligent solutions.

We provide our customers with end-to-end solutions, from the laboratory to pilot-scale applications, accompanied by a wide range of analysis and testing services.

 

COVID-19 pandemic – important information on cooperation

2.4.2020

Soil-less sustainability: Novel agricultural crop production incorporating water reuse

Record temperatures and prolonged periods of drought are increasingly affecting agriculture worldwide. In Germany, too, droughts are now jeopardizing high-yielding harvests. A cultivation system with a new type of irrigation technology using water reuse is particularly suitable for arid regions and selected crops. And now results and specific recommendations are available for a practical application of this alternative type of agriculture that uses recycled water.
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26.2.2020

Fraunhofer IGB intensifies partnership in India

In March 2020, director of institute Dr. Markus Wolperdinger and Dr.-Ing. Marius Mohr, head of the innovation field "Water Technologies and Resource Recovery" at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, will travel to India with the aim of intensifying international cooperation with Indian institutions and companies. Mohr and his team have already implemented several projects in major Indian cities and are currently involved in the "Global Smart Cities" project in Kochi in southern India. To further promote Indo-German cooperation in the water sector and other areas, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed during Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to India in autumn 2019.
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14.2.2020

Kick-off of the SUNERGY initiative

Over 100 stakeholders of the Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs) SUNRISE and ENERGY-X gathered on February 5-6, 2020 in Brussels for the kick-off meeting of SUNERGY, a large-scale research and innovation (R&I) initiative in the area of fossil-free fuels and chemicals. Renewable energy experts from academia, industry and policy addressed the current opportunities and challenges towards decarbonizing the European industry and society over the next 30 years. Fraunhofer IGB was leading the work package “Innovation and Exlploitation” within the SUNRISE project and is now looking forward to actively contributing to the important SUNERGY initiative.
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27.1.2020

A real alternative to crude oil

A research team from the Fraunhofer Society and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) led by chemist Volker Sieber has developed a new polyamide family which can be produced from a byproduct of cellulose production – a successful example for a more sustainable economy with bio-based materials. The work was recently published in Nature Communications.
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Conference | June 30, 2020 to July 2, 2020 in Lille (France)

BIOKET

The IGB will have an exhibition booth at the BIOKET biomass conference in Lille and present in different sessions results on the development and scale-up of biotechnological and catalytic processes.

Fair | September 7−11, 2020 in Munich

IFAT

Together with other Fraunhofer Institutes, we will be represented at the World's Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management.

Fair | October 19−22, 2020 in Munich

analytica

With the process mass spectrometer exhibited at the trade fair, 30 substances can be analyzed simultaneously and in real time from the liquid and gas phase.

 

NALFA – Rapid test for virus diagnostics

For the detection of Herpes simplex virus 1 we could demonstrate a nucleic acid based lateral flow assay (NALFA). The test can also be developed for Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

 

Project UNRAVEL

The UNRAVEL project aims to develop advanced pre-treatment, separation and conversion technologies for complex lignocellulosic biomass.

 

TheraVision

Platform technology for the development, production and testing of oncolytic viruses
 

ChitoTex

The objective of the ChitoTex project is the development and production of new insect chitosans and chitosan-based functional coatings for yarns and textiles.

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