Fraunhofer IGB Brief Profile

Innovations at interfaces 

The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB develops and optimizes processes, plants, products, and technologies for the business areas of health, chemistry and process industry as well as environment and energy.

We offer our customers research and development (R&D) along the entire material value chain, complemented by a broad range of analysis and testing services. As a result, we are a strong partner for industrial companies and small or medium-sized companies in a wide range of industries, as well as for municipalities and special-purpose associations and for the EU, federal and state contract research.


Our overriding goal is the translation of scientific and engineering research results into similarly economically efficient and sustainable processes and products for industrial application. Our strength lies in offering complete solutions from laboratory to pilot plant scale.


More than ever, the success of new products and processes depends on interdisciplinary and constructive cooperation between natural sciences and engineering. Experts in the fields of chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering work together effectively at Fraunhofer IGB, its branches at Leuna and Straubing and our partner institute at the University of Stuttgart, the Institute of Interfacial Process Engineering and Plasma Technology IGVP. Customers benefit from the synergistic and multidisciplinary potential at our institute, which facilitates novel approaches and innovative solutions in areas such as medical engineering, nanotechnology, downstream processing and environmental technology.

Our motivation

Through our research, we want to help find solutions for the pressing challenges of our society such as to provide a growing world population with food, water, raw materials and energy, as well as to improve medical care by patient-tailored approaches. Resource-efficient and sustainable processes, bioeconomy and biologization are the strategies we rely on.

Guiding Principles: Our mission

“At Fraunhofer IGB, we carry out application-oriented research according to the principles of good scientific practice and on the basis of our competences and guiding principles in the areas of health, chemistry and process industry as well as environment and energy. With our innovations, we contribute to a sustainable development of the economy, society and the environment.”



We provide an overview of the organizational structure of the institute into departments, branches and groups.

Management of the Institute

This page provides a quick-reference guide of the our directors.

Key Figures

Development of our budget and current personnel figures.



From the beginnings of 1953 to today – overview of the institute's development.



Fraunhofer IGB is an active participant in numerous national and international research networks.


Advisory Board of the Fraunhofer IGB


Find out about our international research networks and projects.