ZIM cooperation network UseCO2

With its Straubing branch BioCat in Straubing Fraunhofer IGB is an official partner of the ZIM* cooperation network “UseCO2” that was officially founded in July 2016. Within this network partners from industry and research work together to develop biotechnological and chemical-physical processes to bind atmospheric or industrially produced carbon dioxide (CO2) and to use it as raw material for the production of sustainable products.

BioCat, Fraunhofer IGB’s Straubing branch, brings its expertise in the field of catalyst development and optimization into the network. The focus of its work is CO2 activation by means of biotechnological, classic chemocatalytic or modern electrocatalytic processes. In the course of this, both enzymes and microorganisms as well as homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts are studied and their use for catalytically active electrode materials is explored. The goal is to overcome the high activation energy for the conversion of CO2 and to make the substrate available as raw material for sustainable production methods in an efficient way.

Cooperation partners

Project coordination

IBB Netzwerk GmbH, Planegg


Project partners

  • bbi-biotech GmbH, Berlin
  • CASCAT GmbH, Straubing
  • Electrochaea GmbH, Planegg
  • nova-lnstitut für politische und ökologische Innovation GmbH, Hürth
  • Phytowelt Green Technologies GmbH, Nettetal
  • plan-bee Dr. Hermine M. Hitzler, Bernried
  • provenion GmbH, Kirchseeon
  • Romex Produktions GmbH, Meckenheim
  • Fraunhofer IGB - Institutsteil BioCat, Straubing
  • Technische Universität München - Professur für Industrielle Biokatalyse, München
  • Technische Universität München - Lehrstuhl für Mikrobiologie, München
  • Technische Universität München - Lehrstuhl für Bioverfahrenstechnik, München
  • Universität Bayreuth - Lehrstuhl für Makromolekulare Chemie II, Bayreuth


Associated partners

  • AUDI AG, Ingolstadt
  • Clariant Produkte Deutschland GmbH, Frankfurt am Main
  • Jowat SE, Detmold
  • Klüber Lubrication München SE & Co. KG, München
  • Thermo Fischer Scientific GENEART GmbH, Regensburg