Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB

Bioeconomy

Innovations for foresight value creation for the implementation of sustainability goals, taking into account ecology, society and economy.

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Infections – Prevention, diagnostics, drug development

Technologies for sterilization and vaccine development; technologies for detection of viruses, bacteria and fungi; bacteriophages and test systems for drug development.

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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

 

Researching together

Our contribution to corona research and what we can do together with you against infections – from prevention, to diagnosis and drug development.

19.8.2020

Dyes from atmospheric CO2

Time for climate protection is pressing. One approach to tackle this challenge is to use the greenhouse gas CO2 as a raw material for chemicals. To this end, the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, together with partners from science and industry, has pursued a new path in the EU-funded project CELBICON. The researchers were able to produce a value-added terpenoid dye from CO2 adsorbed from air by a combination of electrochemical and biotechnological conversion.
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4.8.2020

Sustainable solutions with South Africa in the fight against water scarcity

As a predominantly arid country, South Africa faces the enormous challenge of managing existing resources sustainably. In addition to the scarce water resources, South Africa also faces energy shortages within a system that is dominated by fossil fuel generation, as well as challenges with regard to food security. Stellenbosch University and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have now established the "Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus at Stellenbosch University" as part of a strategic partnership. The objective of this long-term cooperation is to jointly develop tailored technological and cross-sectoral solutions for water, energy and food security – for the benefit of people and the environment.
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29.7.2020

Fraunhofer research for German-Moroccan hydrogen initiative

Fraunhofer participates in a binational research and development cooperation between Germany and Morocco to develop and promote hydrogen technology and the "Power-to-X" sector in the Maghreb state. Fraunhofer IGB has already carried out studies in this field and is working with Moroccan research and industry partners in the "Green Ammonia" project.
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10.6.2020

Roll-to-roll processes: Network R2RNet bundles expertise for the continuous functionalization of surfaces

Roll-to-roll (R2R) processes, in which, for example, films, textiles, flat membranes, metal foils or even ultra-thin glass are functionalized, play an important role in numerous industrial processes. In the R2RNet network, founded on June 10, 2020, 21 European partners from industry, research organizations and universities are pooling their expertise in the continuous functionalization of surfaces in the roll-to-roll process. The aim is to promote the exchange of experience and to facilitate access to these technologies and to corresponding equipment. The network was initiated by the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP and for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB.
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Exhibition | July 30 to October 17, 2020

MS Science

The Fraunhofer IGB is a partner in the Science Year Bioeconomy and will show its bio-washing machine at MS Science to show how optimized biosurfactants can be produced from renewable resources using microorganisms.

Conference | September 7–10, 2020

PSE

The PSE conference series, which is held every two years, presents the fundamentals and applications of plasma and ion beam technologies in surface engineering.

Online Congress | September 21–22, 2020

3rd International Bioeconomy Congress Baden-Württemberg

The Fraunhofer IGB will be represented with several presentations at this Congress.

 

South Africa: Solutions against water scarcity

Strategic partnership: Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus at Stellenbosch University has been established.

 

Green hydrogen in Morocco

German-Moroccan cooperation on hydrogen technologies: IGB involved in the development of a demonstration plant for the production of green ammonia.

 

Roll-to-roll processes

Network R2RNet bundles expertise for the continuous functionalization of surfaces.

 

 

C19 lung chip

Drug repurposing using a COVID-19 infection model in an immunocompetent lung-on-chip platform.

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