Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology

Annual Report 2018/19

Our newest annual report is available online. Get informed on our latest research highlights in the areas of health, environment, and sustainable chemistry.

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Biological Transformation

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

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Our contribution to the Nexus of Water – Energy – Food – Raw materials

Sustainability through integrated resource management

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Greenup Sahara – Vegetables from the desert

In order to turn this vision into reality, we are looking for sponsors to develop a hydroponic system that allows cereals, vegetables and herbs to grow in an integrated way in desert regions.

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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.


Morocco – Synthesis of green hydrogen and green ammonia

Together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle, Fraunhofer IGB is committed in the area of sustainable green chemistry. In March, a partnership agreement was signed for a cooperation of Fraunhofer with the OCP Group, world leader in the phosphate and derivatives market. The aim of the partnership is research into the synthesis and production of green hydrogen and green ammonia, which can be used as sustainable raw materials for the fertilizer industry.
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Safer Food – Less Waste

At ICE 2019, the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP, for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB and for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP will present innovative technologies for sustainable food packaging. They each have extensive expertise in processing, process development and control, the development of special polymer films and the deposition of ultra-thin layers for the packaging industry.
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SUNRISE – A preparatory action towards a European large scale research initiative

The European Project SUNRISE, “Solar energy for a circular economy”, has been selected as one of the six Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) within the Horizon 2020 programme. Funded with €1M, it will last one year (starting in spring 2019), setting the basis for a European large scale research project. The SUNRISE Vision is a radical and ambitious scientific and technological approach for solar energy conversion and storage to provide a sustainable alternative to fossil-based, energy-intensive production of fuels and base chemicals. This is fully aligned with the recently released European Commission long-term strategy for a climate neutral Europe by 2050. SUNRISE joins together stakeholders from academia, industry, policy and society, including NGOs and global players in the energy, chemicals and automotive sectors, to develop the S&T roadmap of a large research initiative in the Energy, Environment and Climate Change area.
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Producing vaccines without the use of chemicals

Producing vaccines is a tricky task – especially in the case of inactivated vaccines, in which pathogens must be killed without altering their structure. Until now, this task has generally involved the use of toxic chemicals. Now, however, an innovative new technology developed by Fraunhofer researchers – the first solution of its kind – will use electron beams to produce inactivated vaccines quickly, reproducibly and without the use of chemicals.
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Fair | May 14–17, 2019, Frankfurt am Main


At the Fraunhofer Textile Alliance booth (Hall 3.0, Booth C76), IGB will be presenting chitosan-based functional coatings for yarns and textiles.

Conference | May 15, 2019, Stuttgart

Biointelligent products and production

We show, how the biological transformation will change industrial value creation in the areas of  health, nutrition, consumption, energy and living,  

Fair | June 26–27, 2019, Basel, Switzerland

Chemspec europe

Antioxidative nutrients from algae, biobased chemicals and materials, catalysts, scale-up of processes up to pilot scale – visit us in hall 1.0 at booth D265.

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.


BIOTRAIN – Sustainable industrial value creation

In this study we have investigated the potential of a "biological transformation of industrial value creation", in particular with regard to a sustainable way of doing business.




Project Center for Drug Discovery and Delivery

The focus of the FPC_DD@HUJI is on discovery and validation of new antiinfectives and nanoparticle based delivery systems for virual infections.



Edible coatings can prevent premature spoilage or dehydration of fresh foods.



The HypoWave project is testing hydroponics with specially treated wastewater. The first case studies show the feasibility of this water- and nutrient-efficient agricultural production.

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