Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology

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.

19.8.2019

Catalysts for climate protection

How can we achieve the internationally agreed climate targets? The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB makes the greenhouse gas CO2 usable as a carbon source for the chemical industry. With a patented catalyst synthesis, screening for the optimal catalyst in high throughput and combined (electro)chemical-biotechnological processes, various concepts are available to CO2 emitting industries. The platform chemical ethylene has already been successfully produced from CO2 in an electrochemical demonstrator with an electrode area of 130 square centimeters.
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5.7.2019

The next industrial revolution will come from nature

“The future of sustainable value creation systems” was the theme of a workshop on the Biological Transformation of the European manufacturing industry, hosted by the European Technology Platform ManuFUTURE and Fraunhofer in Brussels. Some 40 experts from industry, the European Commission and research institutions discussed how materials, structures and processes of living nature could be used in manufacturing for a more sustainable future. In parallel the Commission published the first draft of the “Strategic Plan” for Horizon Europe which references bio-inspired and bio-integrated manufacturing as well as “enhanced information-based technologies inspired by nature and biology”.
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3.7.2019

European Organ-on-Chip Society open for active membership

The founding phase is complete: the European Organ-on-Chip Society (EUROoCS) is now welcoming members to join. The annual conference, held this year in Graz (Austria), saw launch of the community website and the start of its availability as an information resource. “We invite scientists, engineers, as well as regulators and patient representatives interested in these new laboratory models to become active members of the society and contribute to efforts of the Organ-on-Chip community in promoting recognition and implementation of this exciting research field,” says Christine Mummery, chair of EUROoCS and professor of Developmental Biology at Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands.
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4.6.2019

Chemicals from carbon dioxide – with plasma and perovskite membranes

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB and the University of Stuttgart aim to use the climate-damaging greenhouse gas carbon dioxide as a raw material for the production of chemicals. To do this, they are developing a combined plasma and membrane process that splits CO2 into oxygen and the chemical base material carbon monoxide. The process is made possible by the separation of oxygen using a new perovskite capillary membrane. This membrane is CO2-stable and permeable for oxygen at 1000°C.
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Conference | September 25–27, 2019

Biosurfactants 2019

The first international conference exclusively on biosurfactants provides a global platform for the biosurfactants community from academia and industry for networking and discussion.

Fair | October 16–23, 2019, Düsseldorf

K 2019

At the joint Fraunhofer Booth in Hall 7.0, booth SC01 Fraunhofer IGB will show technologies and processes relating to plasma functionalization of polymers and for the production of biobased polymers.

 

HoLaFlor – efficient biogas plants

 

Biogas plants with significantly shorter retention times can be realized using suitable plant technology and methane productivity can thus be enhanced significantly.  

 

Marketable products from lignocellulose biomass

This goal was achieved in the KomBiChemPro project by robust processes and efficient process management in an integrated biorefinery concept.

 

Nose-to-brain: Intranasal application platform

Intranasal application platform for biopharmaceuticals that affect the central nervous system through an innovative galenical formulation based on biomaterials.

 

Lighthouse project "Electricity as a raw material"

Basic chemicals from CO2 and water

In our demonstrator, we use an electrochemical synthesis process to produce ethylene just from CO2 and water.

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