Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB

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MS Wissenschaft (Motorship Science)#

On 5 June, the exhibition ship MS Wissenschaft will start its tour through around 30 cities in Germany and Austria in Hamburg. We are on board.

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Fraunhofer IGB on Instagram#

The Fraunhofer IGB is now also present on Instagram. Follow our channel @fraunhoferigb for updates, projects and exciting insights behind the scenes of the institute!

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Annual report#

Digital review and insight into our successful highlights, projects and research topics in 2020/21.

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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.


TotalEnergies, Sunfire and Fraunhofer give the go-ahead for green methanol in Leuna

TotalEnergies announced the launch of the e-CO2Met project at the Hydrogen Lab Leuna together with the electrolyser manufacturer Sunfire, the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS. Methanol can be produced from low-carbon hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide, which is an important approach to reducing climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions. With the ambition to produce climate-neutral methanol on site, this demonstration project will integrate the various components required to this end, such as the use of renewable energy.
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Nose2Brain – Active substances without detour through the nose into the brain

Effective drugs for the treatment of diseases of the central nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis, do exist. However, the blood-brain barrier, which protects the brain as the body's control center, makes it especially difficult for therapeutic biomolecules to pass through. Thus, researchers from an international consortium coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB have spent the last four and a half years developing a novel system in the EU project "N2B-patch" that can be used to bypass this barrier. The new approaches will be presented at a virtual international final symposium on June 17, 2021.
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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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Exhibition | June 2021 to October 2021

MS Wissenschaft (Motorship Science)

On board, the Fraunhofer IGB shows according to the motto "Clean laundry thanks to fungi" its bio-washing machine.

September 30, 2021 to October 1, 2021

Digital Morgenstadt Conference “Water in the City of the Future“

Potentials of urban water management for climate-adapted urban development



Several partner have joined forces in order to develop economic value chains for nutrient recycling from organic residues and to offer sustainable high-performance fertilizer products for efficient agriculture.


GreenUp Sahara

GreenUp Sahara – Hydroponic system for growing vegetables in the desert

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.

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Virtual 360° tours

Virtual 360° tour at laboratories and technical centers in Stuttgart

Virtual 360° tour of Fraunhofer CBP

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