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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Attract Group Organ-on-a-Chip

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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.


EUROoC network lays the foundations for joint European organ-on-a-chip research

The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB is coordinating the establishment of a European research network to promote organ-on-a-chip technology. Organ-on-a-chip systems enable the recapitulation of human organ tissues on a very small scale. They are regarded as a future alternative to animal models and as a technology with great potential for pharmaceutical research and personalized medicine. Since the development of organ-on-a-chip systems requires skills and expertise from various disciplines, the primary aim of the EUROoC network is the interdisciplinary training of young scientists.
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Dr. Markus Wolperdinger speaks in the USA about applied research and climate protection

In September, representatives of the state of Baden-Württemberg will visit the USA and Canada to promote transatlantic dialog. The delegation will focus on the topic area “Digitization and Transformation – the Impact on Business and Science”. One focus will be on climate protection. Dr. Markus Wolperdinger, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, will also speak on this topic.
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Lighthouse Project "Criticality of Rare Earths" successfully completed

Rare earths are among the most strategically important raw materials for German industry, as they are crucial parts of many high-tech products. For a more efficient use of these valuable elements, eight Fraunhofer Institutes have developed new solutions in a now completed joint project. These include optimized manufacturing processes, approaches to recycling and the development of new materials that can replace rare earths. The Fraunhofer experts showed that the demand for rare earths can be reduced to up to one fifth of today's value in benchmark electric motors.
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A transparent and thermally stable polyamide – 100 percent biobased

The natural substance 3-carene is a component of turpentine oil, a waste stream of the production of cellulose from wood. Up to now, this by-product has been incinerated for the most part. Fraunhofer researchers are using new catalytic processes to convert 3-carene into building blocks for biobased plastics. The new polyamides are not only transparent, but also have a high thermal stability.
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Conference and exhibition / September 17–21, 2018 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen


The Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering organized by the European Joint Committee on Plasma and Ion Surface Engineering presents fundamentals and applications of plasma and ion beam techniques in surface engineering.

Conference / October 22, 2018 in Berlin

BLUE PLANET Berlin Water Dialogues

Dr. Marius Mohr will contribute to this year’s conference "Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Smart Cities" with a presentation on "Developing Smart Cities in India".

Trade fair / October 23–25, 2018 in Stuttgart


Parts2clean focuses on industrial parts and surface cleaning. The Fraunhofer IGB presents its research achievements in plasma cleaning and sterilization, plasma coating and surface analysis.


Membrane adsorbers for the separation of micropollutants

Mixed matrix membranes can not only filter water, but also adsorptively bind dissolved substances.


Brazilian vehicle fleet drives on bio-methane from sewage plant

In the city of Franca, digester gases from the wastewater treatment plant are purified to the quality of biomethane and used as fuel.


Next-Generation Diagnostics

In diagnostics, high-throughput sequencing makes it possible to avoid lengthy cultivation procedures and extend detection to all pathogens.


Phenols from lignin

In the "Lignoplast" project, CBP is developing new processes for splitting lignin into phenol derivatives. These can be processed into polyurethane foams or polyols for polyurethane coatings of slow-release fertilizers.

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