Head of Innovation Field Bioinspired Chemistry
Dr. Michael Richter is a chemist and has been employed at Fraunhofer IGB, Straubing branch, since June 2015. Here he initially worked on developments in the field of applied biocatalysis and the development of biobased materials. In 2019, he took over the leadership of the Bioinspired Chemistry Innovation Field, a highly interdisciplinary research group dedicated to innovative approaches in the field of sustainable chemistry in a holistic way, using nature as a source of ideas to develop new biobased fine and specialty chemicals as well as polymers and materials.
The concept behind the activities it to utilize selected molecules from nature’s repertoire with exclusive functionalities and to integrate them into chemical products. New functional properties of the chemical products should then derive through the chosen building blocks via sustainable synthesis. His main interests are to combine different scientific disciplines, to discover new terrain at the interfaces of biology chemistry and materials sciences and to translate innovation from an early stage into practice.