Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology

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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Two Fraunhofer Project Centers opened in Israel

Cybersecurity and Health Research: Cooperation with Hebrew University in Jerusalem

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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.


Making novel therapeutics safer: Interdisciplinary EU consortium develops innovative model systems for the evaluation of immunomodulating therapeutics

The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB participates in the EU project imSAVAR to develop innovative model systems for the evaluation of immunomodulatory therapeutics. The institute coordinates the development of novel immunocompetent in-vitro models with a focus on microphysiological systems, especially organ-on-chip platforms, as well as on cell-based reporter gene assays with immune receptors. Fraunhofer IGB also leads the Management work package and is part of the Project Management Office together with Fraunhofer IZI.
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Sustainable Chemical Production with Electricity

By 2050, the chemical industry should operate in a climate neutral fashion, which means phasing-out fossil oil, gas and coal. Therefore alternative carbon sources and renewable energy have to be utilized in order to replace fossil reserves. A new Stuttgart Research Initiative will elaborate on the concept of such a future chemical factory, both from a fundamental and application-oriented standpoint. The University of Stuttgart, German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB will be involved in the initiative.
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Polyamides from terpenes: Amorphous Caramid-R® and semi-crystalline Caramid-S®

The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB is using a new, recently patented process to develop new polyamides from the terpene 3-carene, a residual material from the cellulose industry. The biobased polyamides Caramid-R® and Caramid-S® produced using this process represent a new class of polyamides with outstanding thermal properties. The production of the monomer for Caramid-S® was already successfully piloted in a 100-liter scale. The Fraunhofer researchers will present the new polyamides at the K trade fair in Düsseldorf from 16 to 23 October 2019 (Hall 7.0, Stand SC01).
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Teaching a chip to see

Organ-on-a-chip technology has the potential to revolutionize drug development. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB have succeeded in putting various types of tissue onto chips. Their latest coup has been to recreate the human retina in the form of a retinal organoid. In a parallel development, the research team hopes that organ-on-a-chip technology will open up the field of gender-specific medicine.
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Conference | March 10-12, 2020 in Lille (France)


The IGB will have an exhibition booth at the BIOKET biomass conference in Lille.

Fair | March 10-12, 2020 in Düsseldorf

Energy Storage

Also in 2020, the IGB will be represented at the Fraunhofer booth with its topics catalyst and process development as well as CO2 and energy conversion.

Fair | March 31, 2020 to April 3, 2020 in Munich


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.



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


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


MOST – Model Based Process control of Biogasplants

In this project, we evaluate the possibility of operational safety increase in biogas plants through early detection of process disturbance.


Barrier coatings for electronic implants

Electronic components in implants must be encapsulated to protect against the corrosive effects of the body medium and the release of substances into the tissue.

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