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.

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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2.4.2020

Soil-less sustainability: Novel agricultural crop production incorporating water reuse

Record temperatures and prolonged periods of drought are increasingly affecting agriculture worldwide. In Germany, too, droughts are now jeopardizing high-yielding harvests. A cultivation system with a new type of irrigation technology using water reuse is particularly suitable for arid regions and selected crops. And now results and specific recommendations are available for a practical application of this alternative type of agriculture that uses recycled water.
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26.2.2020

Fraunhofer IGB intensifies partnership in India

In March 2020, director of institute Dr. Markus Wolperdinger and Dr.-Ing. Marius Mohr, head of the innovation field "Water Technologies and Resource Recovery" at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, will travel to India with the aim of intensifying international cooperation with Indian institutions and companies. Mohr and his team have already implemented several projects in major Indian cities and are currently involved in the "Global Smart Cities" project in Kochi in southern India. To further promote Indo-German cooperation in the water sector and other areas, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed during Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to India in autumn 2019.
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14.2.2020

Kick-off of the SUNERGY initiative

Over 100 stakeholders of the Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs) SUNRISE and ENERGY-X gathered on February 5-6, 2020 in Brussels for the kick-off meeting of SUNERGY, a large-scale research and innovation (R&I) initiative in the area of fossil-free fuels and chemicals. Renewable energy experts from academia, industry and policy addressed the current opportunities and challenges towards decarbonizing the European industry and society over the next 30 years. Fraunhofer IGB was leading the work package “Innovation and Exlploitation” within the SUNRISE project and is now looking forward to actively contributing to the important SUNERGY initiative.
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Conference | June 30 to July 2, 2020

BIOKET

The digital BIOKET in June/July 2020 offers presentations via webinar and virtual B2B. The conference with exhibition stands will then take place in March 2021 Lille.

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.

 

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.

 

ELPEDES

Electrolytic production of H2O2 as the core of a plant for the decentralized, self-sufficient production of disinfectants for hospitals' own use.

 

CoSE-Jump Start

The SARS-CoV-2 rapid test is designed so that it can be carried out independently by a non-professional user without the involvement of a third party. It is therefore suitable for third world countries.

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