Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB

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Contact angle measurements of a textile hydrophobized with modified chitosan confirm excellent water repellency.

Water-repellent coating of textiles with modified chitosan

Using the biopolymer chitosan as a matrix for textile finishing can replace toxic and petroleum-based substances.

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At Fraunhofer IGB, single-celled microalgae grow in nutrient-rich sludge water, producing plant stimulants as a substitute for pesticides.

How do we want to run our economy and production?

In the EVOBIO project coordinated by IGB, 19 Fraunhofer Institutes are working on solutions for a sustainable bioeconomy by rethinking the industrial value chain.

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

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We know Solutions

Fraunhofer Solution Days #WeKnowSolutions

Presentation. Inspiration. Vision. Meet us at the Health topic day, October 28, 2020.

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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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Organ-on-a-chip system.

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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precursor of catalyst
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Precursor of a copper-based catalyst synthesized at the Straubing branch of the institute.

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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Mensch und DNA-Stränge.
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Mensch und DNA-Stränge.

Biological Transformation

Sustainable industrial value creation through the use of biological principles, systems and biotechnological processes

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Anaerobic water purification in a bioreactor.
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Anaerobic water purification in a bioreactor.

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.


Future factory Lusatia: answers to the global resource hunger

A strong alliance of Saxon scientific institutions, with numerous supporters from business and the region, wants to find groundbreaking solutions to challenges that are on the global agenda and are also particularly visible in the Saxon coal-mining region in the new “Future Factory Lusatia”. The project partners are proposing a large-scale research center to the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), in which interdisciplinary teams will combine modern technologies and circular economy principles on a realistic scale to drastically reduce the consumption of water, energy and usable land.
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AQUA-Hub − Fraunhofer IGB supports market development in India for water technologies "Made In Germany"

India's cities are growing rapidly and need an efficient infrastructure for supplying water and disposing of wastewater. Many German companies offer innovative solutions in this area, but often struggle to find access to the Indian market. Thanks to its extensive experience with projects in India, the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB can help to bridge the gap between demand and supply. To this end, the institute is now setting up the innovation network "AQUA-Hub" to mediate between German water technology suppliers and the Indian market.
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The Fraunhofer lighthouse project “FutureProteins“ develops coupled agricultural systems for a resilient and sustainbale production of high-quality food proteins

Proteins are vital for life. At the same time, there is a protein shortage in the global food supply. Due to extreme weather conditions as a result of climate change as well as soil and water pollution caused by the use of pesticides and fertilizers, this shortage can increase in the future. One approach to tackle this challenge is to open up novel protein sources as a sustainable alternative for animal source foods suitable for the masses. In the lighthouse project “FutureProteins”, six Fraunhofer institutes develop new cultivation systems, which can produce nutritious proteins from selected plants, insects, fungi and algae.
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Water-repellent and more: coating textiles sustainably with chitosan

Textiles can be coated with the biopolymer chitosan and thus made water-repellent by binding hydrophobic molecules. The good thing is that this can also replace toxic and petroleum-based substances that are currently used for textile finishing. In the last few years Fraunhofer IGB and partners in the HydroFichi project have researched how this can be done: A technology has been developed to provide fibers with the desired properties using biotechnological processes and chitosan.
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Project film CO2EXIDE

The goal of the project CO2EXIDE is the establishment of an electrochemical, energy efficient and near-to CO2-neutral process for the production of the bulk chemical ethylene from CO2, water and renewable energy.




Healthy Air Initiative

The new center serves as a contact point for small and medium-sized companies with questions about ventilation concepts and air cleaning technologies. We investigate how to reduce virus infection via aerosols.



Complementary chemical-biotechnological process development for the novel production of 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) from inulin-accumulating plants.



Flexible production of bioenergy can contribute stability for power grids

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