Fraunhofer IGB is an active participant in numerous national and international research networks. Cooperative ventures with various universities and non-university research institutes, as well as interdisciplinary collaboration with other Fraunhofer Institutes, complement our own expertise and enable us to exploit synergies in developing new solutions for the needs of industry. We are also actively engaged in shaping research policies through championing strategic, economic, and sustainability standpoints.

In addition, Fraunhofer Institutes carry out joint activities within Fraunhofer internal research programs. Examples of IGB’s involvement are the High Performance Centers “Mass Personalization” (Stuttgart) and “Chemical and Biosystems Technology” (Halle-Leipzig region).


Added value through the ”Fraunhofer network plus”

In relation to its size Fraunhofer IGB is the most highly networked of all the Fraunhofer institutes.

Fraunhofer Groups

Fraunhofer Institutes working in related subject areas cooperate as groups, foster a joint presence on the R&D market and help define the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s business policy. Institutes or departments of institutes with complementary competences collaborate in the form of Fraunhofer “alliances” to develop business areas together and offer and market solutions along the entire value chain.

Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences

The Group for Life Sciences is a key R&D partner to the pharmaceutical and medical engineering industries and to the biotech industry. By pooling complementary areas of expertise, the group is able to offer a broad spectrum of technologies and services. The group has an international outlook that reflects the globalized nature of this scientific field and the related commercial market. The Life Sciences Group is active in business areas such as medical translational research and biomedical technology, regenerative medicine, healthy foods, industrial biotechnology, and process, chemical, and herbicide safety, thus including numerous Fraunhofer IGB key competences.

Fraunhofer Group for Materials and Components – MATERIALS

Materials research covers the entire value chain, from the development of new materials and the enhancement of existing ones, to industrial-scale manufacturing technology, characterization of material properties and evaluation of service behavior. The same research scope applies to the components made from these materials and the way they function in systems. The Fraunhofer Group for Materials and Components addresses the entire range of materials and their composites, including metallic, inorganic/non-metallic, polymeric and renewable materials. The Fraunhofer IGB’s strong competence in materials science qualified it to become an associate member of the Group in 2008.

Fraunhofer Alliances

Fraunhofer Institutes working in related subject areas cooperate as groups, foster a joint presence on the R&D market and help define the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s business policy. Institutes or departments of institutes with complementary competences collaborate in the form of Fraunhofer “alliances” to develop business areas together and offer and market solutions along the entire value chain.

Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance

The Fraunhofer Additive Manufacturing Alliance deal with subjects concerning additive manufacturing and represent the entire process chain. In addition to the direct use of generative technologies, the activities also include material and application development, as well as issues relating to quality and are addressed to industries such as automotive engineering and aerospace as well as bio-medical and micro-system engineering. Fraunhofer IGB is active in the development of reactive inkjet printing and modern biomaterials and their production. Hydrogels are developed as tissue-like matrices or as release systems. The biological materials can be made into tissue models by means of printing and dispensing processes. For all processes, ink formulations are developed in order to meet the various functional components.

Contact: Dr. Achim Weber, Functional Surfaces and Materials

Fraunhofer Energy Alliance

The Fraunhofer Energy Alliance is a gateway to R&D services in energy technology and economics. Above all small and medium-sized companies, but policy makers, too, benefit from Germany’s technology leadership in energy efficiency and the development of renewables. Fraunhofer IGB contributes its knowledge in the exploitation of energy resources contained in raw, residual and waste organic materials (e.g. for biogas production) as well as in membrane technology, particularly for gas purification/reforming and fuel-cell applications. Additionally, Fraunhofer IGB carries out research into concepts and technologies for the storage and use of energy in the form of heat, while chemical energy storage is a new research topic of the BioCat branch of the institute.

Contact: Dr. Arne Roth, Head of Innovation Field Catalysts

Fraunhofer Food Chain Management Alliance

The Fraunhofer Food Chain Management Alliance is focused on new approaches in food safety, microelectronics and logistics that can be easily integrated in the entire food chain and are characterized by highest possible added value at low cost. Fraunhofer IGB’s specialization here is superheated steam for drying processes and the development of new physical methods for the hygienization and stabilization of food.

Contact: Dr. Ana Lucia Vásquez-Caicedo, Functional Ingredients, Senior Scientist Food Processing Technology

Fraunhofer Nanotechnology Alliance

The Fraunhofer Nanotechnology Alliance bundles the nanotechnological expertise that is spread across nearly a third of the Fraunhofer Institutes. The alliance’s activities cover all aspects of nanotechnology, such as multifunctional layers for automotive applications, the design of special nanoparticles as carrier substances for biotechnology and medical applications, and the use of carbon nanotubes in actuators. Prof. Günter Tovar is the Alliance’s spokesperson.

Fraunhofer Polymer Surfaces Alliance POLO

The Fraunhofer Polymer Surfaces Alliance POLO® pools the core competences of seven Fraunhofer Institutes in using functional surfaces, barrier layers or thin films to develop polymer products with new or improved properties. POLO® was one of the first Fraunhofer alliances, and products such as coatings on foils as a barrier against oxygen and humidity, as well as anti-microbial polymer surfaces, have already been successfully conjointly developed and marketed. Fraunhofer IGB’s Dr. Christian Oehr has been a member of the alliance’s board of directors since its inception, and has contributed significantly to its success. In 2017, Dr. Michaela Müller, Head of Innovation Field Functional Surfaces and Materials at Fraunhofer IGB, succeeded him as deputy spokesperson of POLO®.

Contact: Dr. Michaela Müller, Head of Innovation Field Functional Surfaces and Materials

Fraunhofer Cleaning Technology Alliance

The alliance covers the entire spectrum of cleaning technology, including special cleaning technologies like laser, plasma or mechanical jets, specific-cleaning planning of plants including cleanroom technology, and the recycling of cleaning and process media, including the recovery of energy and material streams. Fraunhofer IGB’s expertise includes plasma cleaning and plasma coating (e.g. photocatalytic coatings), and assessment using surface analytical and microbiological methods. Further competences are the conditioning and recycling of cleaning and process media as well as cleaning and hygienic aspects in design.

Contact: Dr. Jakob Barz, Functional Surfaces and Materials

Fraunhofer Water Systems Alliance (SysWasser)

SysWasser’s mission is to develop sustainable solutions for water and wastewater treatment, utilization, reuse, and management, as well as sustainable water infrastructure systems and adapt them for use in practical applications, taking into consideration relevant social, economic and environmental aspects. The participating institutes provide a wide range of expertise on water treatment technologies, water infrastructures, system control and measurement techniques, automation and resource management, which enables the alliance to develop and implement system solutions based on a variety of technologies. The alliance’s managing director is Dr. Ursula Schließmann of Fraunhofer IGB, where the SysWater office is based.

Contact: Dr.-Ing. Ursula Schließmann, Head of Business Area Environment

Fraunhofer Technical Textiles Alliance

By consolidating the individual areas of expertise of the member institutes, the Technical Textiles Alliance founded in 2016 intend to represent the entire textile value creation chain, from the textile machine to fiber production, manufacture of preforms/semi-finished products, textile functionalization, Smart Textiles, process and product simulation, all the way to fiber-reinforced composite components. Technical textiles made of high-performance fibers as reinforcing materials for structural elements in automotive and aircraft construction as well as wind power plants are are just as important as the equipment of clothing textiles for protective and outdoor clothing. With its long-standing experience in plasma modification of technical textiles, Fraunhofer IGB uses plasma processes both in atmospheric and low pressure, which can be supplemented by inline spray processes. Also, the combination with wet-chemical process steps is used in layer and finishing development.

Contact: Dr. Jakob Barz, Functional Surfaces and Materials

BioLAGO e. V.

BioLAGO is the cross-border network for the health industry in the four-country-region of Lake Constance (Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein). The network links industry with science for innovations; it promotes knowledge transfer and the foundation of new firms.

Prof. Dr. Susanne Bailer represents Fraunhofer IGB in this network in order to identify and keep partners up to date on the IGB topics of molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine. She is also involved in the DiagNET-AG "Multi-resistant pathogens".

Contact: apl. Prof. Dr. Susanne Bailer, Head of Innovation Field Virus-based Technologies

BioMedTech e. V.

The Fraunhofer IGB is a member of BioMedTech. The focus of this association is on networking the sectors of biotechnology and medical technology, where the IGB is also traditionally and interdisciplinary active.

CLIB2021 – Cluster Industrial Biotechnology

CLIB2021 closes gaps between science and market and brings academic and industrial members together who are active in research, development, production and commercialization – all crucial elements of the industrial value chain. Core activity is to initiate R&D consortia with partners from leading research institutes and various industry branches.

Dr. Susanne Zibek serves as the interface to CLIB2021 and represents the entire spectrum of Fraunhofer IGB's R&D offer in industrial biotechnology in Stuttgart, Leuna, and Straubing.

Contact: Dr.-Ing. Susanne Zibek, Industrial Biotechnology, Group Manager Bioprocess Engineering

EU Working Group for Research and Technological Development Organizations (RTOs) in Baden-Württemberg

The Fraunhofer IGB is a member of the EU Working Group for Research and Technological Development Organizations (RTOs) in Baden-Württemberg, which aims to promote the regional exchange of information concerning EU funding for non-university research establishments.

Contact: Jenny Ullrich

European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP)

Sustainable management of Phosphorus is crucial for agriculture, food, industry, water and the environment. ESPP brings together companies and stakeholders to address the Phosphorus Challenge and its opportunities.

Contact: Siegfried Egner, Head of Technology Development

European Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP)

The Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform was initiated by the European Commission in 2004 for Research and Technology Development in the water industry and was transformed into an independent legal entity under Belgian Law in 2007. 

Contact: Dr.-Ing. Ursula Schließmann, Head of Business Area Environment

Forum MedTech Pharma e. V.

Forum MedTech Pharma is a charitable non-profit making association - incorporated society. The network is forming a unique platform for business contacts and knowledge exchange for facilitating innovation and co-operation in the medical sector.

Contact: apl. Prof. Steffen Rupp, Deputy Director

Fraunhofer International Business Development (IBD) Network

International cooperations and joint development activities with globally active partners are also of strategic importance for the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Fraunhofer IGB with Sabine Krieg from the Business Development team is an active member of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s International Business Development Network, where various Fraunhofer institutes exchange views on specific issues regarding cooperation with international partners. Best-practice examples serve as the basis for an even more efficient use of resources when initiating and pursuing cooperation projects.

Contact: Sabine Krieg

Fraunhofer EU Network

The EU Network is a platform accessible to all Fraunhofer employees where they can exchange information and experience both with regard to strategic aspects of funding and how to handle application and tendering procedures effectively, as well as on how to ensure the smooth implementation of EU-financed projects.

Contact: Jenny Ullrich

Fraunhofer Sustainability Network

What sustainability means for the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft was developed early on by the Sustainability Network with over 20 participating institutes. The Fraunhofer IGB was significantly involved in this process. Within the network, among other things, a guideline for sustainability reporting according to the internationally recognized reporting standard of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) was developed.

Contact: Dr. Uwe Vohrer

German Phosphorus Platform


Fraunhofer IGB is a member of the German Phosphorus Platform, which intends to bring together the knowledge and experience of participants from relevant industries, public and private organisations and from research and development facilities with the objective of achieving the sustainable use of the valuable vital substance phosphorus. Fraunhofer IGB is involved with its expertise in phosphorus recovery and recycling to nutrients, e.g. from wastewater. 

Contact: Siegfried Egner, Head of Technology Development

German Water Partnership e. V.

The German Water Partnership is a joint initiative of the German private and public sectors, combining commercial enterprises, government and non-government organisations, scientific institutions and water-related associations. The network is supported by five federal ministries. Its head office in Berlin collects and coordinates information about innovations, activities and services of its members. The fundamental aim of the German Water Partnership is to make the outstanding German engineering, know-how and experience in the water sector easily available to partners and clients all over the world.

Contact: Dr.-Ing. Ursula Schließmann, Head of Business Area Environment

High Performance Center Mass Personalization

In October the launch of the High Performance Center as a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institutes IPA, IGB, IBP and IAO, the University of Stuttgart and numerous industrial partners in the region was announced. The center investigates interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral methods, procedures, processes, product systems and business models for the manufacture of personalized products.

Contact: Sabine Krieg

IBB network

Industrielle Biotechnologie Bayern Netzwerk GmbH is an organization focusing on the promotion of real economy in the area of Industrial Biotechnology. Its objective is the transformation of valuable scientific knowledge to innovative marketable products and processes. Fraunhofer IGB is active within the IBB network via its Straubing branch Bio, Electro, and Chemocatalysis BioCat, namely in the following sub-networks:

Innovative network Regenerative Methanol

The Fraunhofer IGB is a member of the Regenerative Methanol network via its Straubing branch Bio, Electro, and Chemocatalysis BioCat. The aim of the innovation network, which has been sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Technology since 2014, is to present the commercial and technological possibilities of regeneratively produced methanol as a material energy storage and to implement future-oriented concepts for decentralized production facilities.

One focus of BioCat is the development of novel catalysts and catalytic processes to use electrical energy by converting CO2 into energy storage. This research is carried out primarily within the framework of the Center of Energy Storage, which is operated jointly with the Fraunhofer UMSICHT institute branch Sulzbach-Rosenberg.

Contact: Dr. Arne Roth, Head of Innovation Field Catalysts

PerFluSan – ZIM cooperation network on perfluorinated chemicals

The ZIM cooperation project PerFluSan is dedicated to the development of new, effective remediation methods for PFC-contaminated soils and wastewater. At the same time, the partners are researching alternatives to PFC-containing extinguishing agents in order to prevent the introduction of pollutants into the environment from this source. The Fraunhofer IGB contributes new oxidative processes and technologies for the degradation of PFCs and develops a method for real-time analysis of the various PFCs in the environment.

Contact: Christiane Chaumette, Matthias Stier

Research Collaboration for Cultural Heritage Conservation

The Forschungsallianz Kulturerbe (Research Collaboration for Cultural Heritage Conservation) is an interdisciplinary alliance between the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Leibniz Association and the Prussioan Culturals Heritage Foundation. Their aim is to develop together new techniques and methods for the restoration and conservation of cultural assets and intensify the scientific communication between the research sector and the field of restoration. Altogether it is an important issue for the alliance to stimulate public awareness of the importance for Cultural Heritage in society.

In 2019, the Research Collaboration for Cultural Heritage Conservation will enter the second round: For the protection of cultural assets, Fraunhofer is funding the IGB topic "Parylene-based layers and permeation barriers" by Dr. Jakob Barz for the next 3 years.

Contact: Dr. Jakob Barz, Functional Surfaces and Materials

More network partners

  • BIO-based Industries Consortium
  • Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)
  • BioRN Network e.V.
  • BioValley Deutschland e.V.
  • EIT Food
  • EIT Health
  • European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS)
  • Deutsche Agrarforschungsallianz (dafa)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Membrantechnik e. V. (DGMT)
  • Gesellschaft für Dermopharmazie e.V.
  • Innonet Kunststoff Technologiezentrum Horb GmbH & Co KG
  • Kompetenznetz Verfahrenstechnik Pro3
  • Kompetenzzentrum Umwelttechnik - KURS e.V.
  • Plattform Umwelttechnik e.V. (PU)
  • Regionalentwicklungsverein Straubing-Bogen e. V.
  • Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficience SPIRE
  • TeBioS Technische Biologen der Universität Stuttgart e.V.
  • UWS Umweltmanagement GmbH
  • VDE Württemberg e.V.

Networking with universities

Basic research is a prerequisite for the applications of tomorrow. Fraunhofer IGB therefore maintains contacts with numerous universities. There is particularly close cooperation with the neighboring universities in Stuttgart and Tübingen, both through scientific collaboration and through professorial  or other teaching commitments of Fraunhofer employees. Through connections of the IGB branch in Straubing with the Technical University of Munich and the Leuna branch with the Universities of Halle and Leipzig, our scientific network extends far beyond the region.

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. We are also networked with numerous other universities.

  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Bailer
    Adjunct Professor at the University of Stuttgart, private lecturer in the Faculty of Energy Technology, Process Engineering and Biological Engineering
  • Dr. Peter Loskill
    Junior professor for Experimental Regenerative Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Tübingen
  • Hon.-Prof. Dr. Christian Oehr
    Associate lecturer in the Faculty of Energy Technology, Process Engineering and Biological Engineering at the University of Stuttgart
  • Prof. Dr. Steffen Rupp
    Adjunct Professor at the University of Stuttgart, private lecturer in the Faculty of Energy Technology, Process Engineering and Biological Engineering
  • Dr.-Ing. Ursula Schließmann
    Teaching activity in the Faculty of Energy Technology, Process Engineering and Biological Engineering at the University of Stuttgart
  • Prof. Dr. Volker Sieber,
    Professor and chair of Chemistry of Biogenic Resources at the Technical University of Munich (TUM)
  • Prof. Dr. Günter Tovar
    Adjunct Professor and private lecturer in the Faculty of Energy Technology, Process Engineering and Biological Engineering at the University of Stuttgart;
    Acting Director of the Institute of Interfacial Process Engineering and Plasma Technology IGVP at the University of Stuttgart (since 2016)
  • Dr.-Ing. Susanne Zibek
    Lecturer in the Faculty of Energy Technology, Process Engineering and Biological Engineering at the University of Stuttgart

Further strategic cooperations with universities

In addition, we are networked with numerous other universities.

  • Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Köthen, Germany
  • Biberach University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
  • Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany
  • Energy Institute at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Hochschule Merseburg – University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
  • Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Germany
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
  • Reutlingen University, Germany
  • RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Rüsselsheim, Germany
  • Stanford University, USA
  • Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Germany
  • University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy
  • University of California Berkeley (UCB), USA
  • University of California San Francisco (UCSF), USA
  • University of Göttingen, Germany
  • University of Greifswald, Germany
  • University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany
  • University of Leipzig, Germany
  • University of Lille, France
  • University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia
  • University of Oslo, Norway
  • University of Rijeka, Croatia
  • University of Seville, Spain
  • University of Southampton, UK
  • University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands
  • University of Vienna, Austria
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA
  • Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands
  • Washington University, St. Louis, USA

Strategic cooperations with other research organizations

  • BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany
  • Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC-CNS), Spain
  • Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ), Leipzig, Germany
  • European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (LENS), Florenz, Italy
  • French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Paris, France
  • German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), Berlin, Germany
  • German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf, Germany
  • Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
  • Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genova, Italy
  • Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP), Greifswald, Germany
  • Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Halle, Germany
  • LEITAT Technological Center (Asociación Acondicionamiento Tarrasense), Barcelona, Spain
  • Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany
  • National Institute of Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Magurele-Bucharest, Romania
  • Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek TNO, Delft, the Netherlands
  • nova-Institut GmbH, Hürth, Germany
  • Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), Borås, Sweden
  • Senai, Brazil (ISI for Biosynthetisc Rio de Janeiro, ISI for Biomass in Tres Lagoas, ISI for Biochemistry in Sao Paulo)
  • SINTEF, Norway
  • TECNALIA, Spain
  • VITO – Flemish Institute for Technological Research NV, Mol, Belgium
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland

Strategic cooperations with hospitals

  • Hannover Medical School, Germany
  • Hospital Charlottenhaus, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Klinikum rechts der Isar, University Hospital of Technischen Universität München (TUM), Munich, Germany
  • Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), the Netherlands
  • Robert Bosch Hospital, Stuttgart, Germany
  • University Hospital Heidelberg (dental medicine), Germany
  • University Hospital Jena, Germany
  • University Hospital Tübingen, Germany