Network

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 competences and enable us to exploit synergies in developing new solutions for the needs of industry. We are also actively engaged in shaping research policy 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 Fraunhofer Lighthouse Projects "Theranostic Implants", "Critical Rare Earths”, “E3-production”, and "Electricity as a Raw Material".

 

Added value through the ”Fraunhofer network plus

In relation to its size of the institute the 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.

Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance

The Building Innovation Alliance offers single-source construction expertise in the form of integrated systems solutions. It has particular know-how in the systematic assessment of buildings – from construction materials to structural elements, from rooms and buildings to complete residential estates. The alliance’s portfolio also includes the chronological assessment of a building in terms of its entire life cycle from drawing board to recycling. Fraunhofer IGB participates here with its innovative infrastructure concepts for semi-decentralized energy and water management as well as with its competence in the microbiological aspects of construction.

Fraunhofer Big Data Alliance

Processing and analyzing vast volumes of all kinds of data accumulating rapidly is a key technology for high-tech countries. The Fraunhofer Big Data Alliance provides support from a single source across all sectors and areas of business. Using their many years of experience in analyzing large volumes of data, the individual Fraunhofer Institutes help companies build expertise and to work up solutions that can then be applied to traditional business processes, production and logistics, and also to research and product development. Fraunhofer IGB makes available its expertise in the analysis of large amounts of bioinformatic data, which result in high-throughput sequencing of organisms.

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.

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.

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 Photocatalysis Alliance

Nine Fraunhofer Institutes are involved in this alliance, the aim of which is the development of more effective and higher-performance photocatalysts for application to various surfaces such as glass, ceramics, plastics or metals. Vacuum plasma processes, sol-gel techniques and water-based paints are used to develop self-cleaning layers that break down organic compounds and destroy microorganisms. In order to determine the photocatalytic activity of a layer quickly and reliably, the Fraunhofer Photocatalysis Alliance is engaged in developing analytical methods for both chemical-physical and microbiological evaluation – the latter being Fraunhofer IGB’s remit within the alliance.

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, deputy spokesman of POLO®, has been a member of the alliance’s board of directors since its inception, and has contributed significantly to its success.

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, 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.

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 Prof. Dieter Bryniok of Fraunhofer IGB, where the SysWater office is based.

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.

Other research networks

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. The Fraunhofer IGB 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

German Phosphorus Platform

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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. 

Fraunhofer Sustainability Network

Sustainable development is arguably the key political objective of our time. What sustainability means in concrete terms for the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft was defined early on by the society’s Sustainability Network, to which over 20 institutes belong. The Fraunhofer IGB was significantly involved in this process, with Prof. Thomas Hirth acting as spokesman of the network. Projects were conducted, whose results fed into the compilation of a guide for sustainability reporting within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft according to the internationally recognized Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standard. Thanks to its vanguard role in the German research landscape, since 2013 the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has been instrumental in coordinating a joint BMBF-funded research project designed to help provide scientific organizations with a framework for implementing internal sustainability management in the research context.

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.

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.

Networking 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. In addition, our branches in Straubing and Leuna have enabled us to extend our scientific network to locations outside of Stuttgart. 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.

  • Priv.-Doz. Dr. Susanne Bailer
    Private lecturer in the Faculty of Energy Technology, Process Engineering and Biological Engineering at the University of Stuttgart
  • Dr. Kirsten Borchers
    Associate lecturer in the Faculty of Energy Technology, Process Engineering and Biological Engineering at the University of Stuttgart
  • Prof. Dr. Dieter Bryniok
    Professor of Environmental Biotechnology at Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Petra Kluger
    Professor of Tissue Engineering at Reutlingen University, Faculty of Applied Chemistry
  • 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
  • Prof. Dr. Katja Schenke-Layland
    Professor of Biomedical Technologies and Regenerative Medicine at the University Hospital for Women of the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen;
    Adjunct Associate Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Cardiology of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 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)
  • Prof. Dr. Heike Walles
    Professor and Chair of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Würzburg

Strategic cooperations with universities

  • Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Complutense University of Madrid
  • Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany
  • University of Greifswald, Germany
  • Escola de Engenharia de Piracicaba (EEP), Brazil
  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hannover, Hanover, Germany
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Köthen, Germany
  • Biberach University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Hochschule Merseburg – University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Reutlingen University, Germany
  • Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Germany
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture, Piracicaba, Brazil
  • Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
  • McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia
  • Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI), Dublin, Ireland
  • Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany
  • Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Germany
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, USA
  • Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba (UNIMEP), Brazil
  • University of Göttingen, Germany
  • University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany
  • University of Leipzig, Germany
  • University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • University of Vienna, Austria
  • Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III, France
  • University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy
  • University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
  • University of California San Francisco (UCSF), USA
  • University of Georgia, USA
  • University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy
  • University of Rijeka, Croatia
  • University of Seville, Spain
  • University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, USA
  • University of Sydney, Australia
  • Univerza v Mariboru, Maribor, Slovenia
  • Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA

Strategic cooperations with other research organizations

  • BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany
  • Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona, Spain
  • Flemish Coordination Centre for Manure Processing, Bruges, Belgium
  • Institute of Textile Technology and Process Engineering (ITV), Denkendorf, Germany
  • Institute of Textile Chemistry and Chemical Fibers (ITCF), Denkendorf, Germany
  • Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
  • Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH, Wood-K-plus, Linz, Austria
  • Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT), Rostock, Germany
  • Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Halle, Germany
  • Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP), Greifswald, Germany
  • Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany
  • National Institute of Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Magurele-Bucharest, Romania
  • Technologie-Transfer-Zentrum (ttz) Bremerhaven, Germany

Strategic cooperations with hospitals

  • Charité – University Hospital Berlin, Germany
  • Karl Olga Hospital, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Hospital Charlottenhaus, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Hospital Schillerhöhe, Gerlingen, Germany
  • Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich, Germany
  • Robert Bosch Hospital, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, USA
  • Sana Herzchirurgie Stuttgart, Germany
  • University Hospital Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • University Hospital Tübingen, Germany
  • University Hospital of Würzburg, Germany
  • University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany
  • USC Eye Institute, Keck Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, USA

Strategic cooperations with museums

  • Bavarian State Archaeological Collection, Munich, Germany
  • Bavarian State Archives, Munich, Germany
  • Deutsches Bergbaumuseum, Bochum, Germany
  • Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany
  • Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum, Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany
  • Landesmuseum Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Rathgen-Forschungslabor, Berlin, Germany
  • Zentrum für Bucherhaltung, Leipzig, Germany

Added value through the ”Fraunhofer network plus”

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