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.