Fraunhofer IGB.
Fraunhofer IGB.

About us

The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB develops and optimizes processes, technologies, and products for health, sustainable chemistry and the environment. In doing so, we rely on the unique combination of expertise in biology and the engineering sciences in order to contribute to human welfare, a sustainable economy, and an intact environment with the systems approach of bioeconomy as well as bioinspired, biointegrated and biointelligent solutions.

Working closely with partners from universities and industry, the IGB covers the entire innovation chain from fundamental research to industrial implementation.

We provide our customers with research services ranging from feasibility studies to application-ready products, accompanied by a wide range of analysis and testing services. The ability to deliver end-to-end solutions, from laboratory to pilot scale, is one of the institute’s strong points.

Our key areas of research include DNA-based diagnostics, virus-based technologies, 3D cell and tissue models, functional ingredients derived from algae, water and wastewater technologies, membranes, catalysts, renewable resources, industrial biotechnology, bioinspired chemical syntheses as well as biobased chemicals and functional materials.

This thematic focus has enabled the institute to tackle many pressing challenges including personalized healthcare and creating a sustainable bioeconomy and a carbon-neutral, resource-efficient circular economy. The IGB’s integrated approach to water management, agriculture, energy management, and chemistry permits industrial value creation and environmental protection to be combined in a single solution for sustainable development.

Fraunhofer IGB is one of 74 institutes and research units of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the world’s leading applied research organization.

Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB


Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB

Nobelstraße 12
70569 Stuttgart, Germany

Phone +49 711 970-4401
Fax +49 711 970-4200

Leuna Site

Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP

Am Haupttor (Gate 12, Building 1251)
06237 Leuna, Germany

Phone +49 3461 43-9100
Fax +49 3461 43-9199

Straubing Site

Bio, Electro and Chemocatalysis BioCat

Schulgasse 11a
94315 Straubing, Germany

Phone +49 9421 187-300
Fax +49 9421 187-310

Collaboration with Universities

Basic research is a prerequisite for the applications of tomorrow. Hence, Fraunhofer IGB maintains close contacts with neighboring universities, both through scientific cooperation and through professorial or other teaching commitments of Fraunhofer employees.  

Fraunhofer IGB is particularly closely allied to the Institute of Interfacial Process Engineering and Plasma Technology IGVP at the University of Stuttgart through various teaching activities as well as joint operations. The cooperation facilitates a continuity of projects from basic research to application.

Furthermore, there are cooperations with the University Hospital and the University of Tübingen (Jun.-Prof. Dr. Peter Loskill) and the TU München (Prof. Dr. Volker Sieber).


Here, we give you a brief introduction to our institute. You will find information on our directors, facts and figures, our organizational structure.

Services and Infrastructure

In addition to contract R&D, we offer analytical and testing services of reliable and constant quality consistent with international standards.

Cooperation and Network

Analysis, collaborative research, training or licensing – different ways of cooperation are possible. We are excellently networked for comprehensive cooperation.

EU Activities

The Fraunhofer IGB has been a reliable partner in European funded projects for many years. It has built up a wealth of experience in the coordination of EU projects.


Fraunhofer IGB maintains close contacts with neighboring universities through the professorial and other teaching commitments of Fraunhofer employees.

Spotlight on Research