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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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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70 years of Fraunhofer

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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.


Safer Food – Less Waste

At ICE 2019, the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP, for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB and for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP will present innovative technologies for sustainable food packaging. They each have extensive expertise in processing, process development and control, the development of special polymer films and the deposition of ultra-thin layers for the packaging industry.
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SUNRISE – A preparatory action towards a European large scale research initiative

The European Project SUNRISE, “Solar energy for a circular economy”, has been selected as one of the six Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) within the Horizon 2020 programme. Funded with €1M, it will last one year (starting in spring 2019), setting the basis for a European large scale research project. The SUNRISE Vision is a radical and ambitious scientific and technological approach for solar energy conversion and storage to provide a sustainable alternative to fossil-based, energy-intensive production of fuels and base chemicals. This is fully aligned with the recently released European Commission long-term strategy for a climate neutral Europe by 2050. SUNRISE joins together stakeholders from academia, industry, policy and society, including NGOs and global players in the energy, chemicals and automotive sectors, to develop the S&T roadmap of a large research initiative in the Energy, Environment and Climate Change area.
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Producing vaccines without the use of chemicals

Producing vaccines is a tricky task – especially in the case of inactivated vaccines, in which pathogens must be killed without altering their structure. Until now, this task has generally involved the use of toxic chemicals. Now, however, an innovative new technology developed by Fraunhofer researchers – the first solution of its kind – will use electron beams to produce inactivated vaccines quickly, reproducibly and without the use of chemicals.
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InnoTour 2018: Australian researchers exploring German healthcare sector

Friday, 9th November 2018 was the last day of InnoTour 2018, a five-day tour leading 16 Australian researchers and innovators to different institutions and companies of the German healthcare research sector. InnoTour was organised by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft within the initiative InnoHealth Australia. Presenting the large portfolio of applied research and corporate landscape, InnoTour 2018 could contribute to the network between German and Australian actors. Thus, first joint project approaches have been identified – in basic and applied research as well as in the industrial sector. The Australian scientists were also guests at Fraunhofer IGB.
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Fair | March 12–14, 2019, Düsseldorf

Energy Storage

Fraunhofer IGB will present the topics of sorptive heat storage and chemical energy storage at the Fraunhofer booth H33 in hall 8B.

Fair | March 12–14, 2019, München

ICE europe

Visit us in hall 5, booth 1174. We will show barrier coatings, oil, water, dirt or ice repellent coatings and biobased formulations for multifunctional coatings, which can also be produced in roll-to-roll processes.

Fair | April 1–5, 2019, Hanover

Hannover Messe

You will find us at the Fraunhofer booth Digital Solutions and New Materials in hall 6, booth A30.

Symposium | April 9–10, 2019, Stuttgart

3rd Joint Symposium on Nanotechnology

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment BfR invite you to their third Joint Symposium on Nanotechnology in spring 2019.


BioFAA – Bio isobutene derived fuel additives

In the Bio-FAA project, biobased isobutene was successfully converted into fuels for the first time.


Hydrophobic proteins for surface functionalization

Bio-based hydrophobins give textiles water- and dirt-repellent properties – without harmful chemicals.


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.

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