Richter, Michael Dr.

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.

    • Biobased polymers and additives
    • Organic chemistry
    • Biohybrid materials
    • Plastics technology
    • Bioorganic chemistry
  • Professional career

    Since 2019 Head of Innovation Field Bioinspired Chemistry, Fraunhofer IGB, Straubing
    2015 – 2019 Scientist, Fraunhofer IGB, BioCat, Straubing branch of the institute
    2009 – 2015 Group leader Biomolecules, Laboratory for Bioactive Materials, Empa, St. Gallen, Switzerland
    2005 – 2009 Postdoc Biocatalysis / Natural Product Synthesis, Institute for
    Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Freiburg



    2000 – 2005 Dissertation, Institute for Biosciences, University of Leipzig
    1994 – 1999 Studies of chemistry, University of Freiburg
    1992 – 1994 Studies of chemistry, University of Mainz


  • Project title short Funding source Period Project title long
    BioDiMet ERA CoBioTech; ERA Net Cofund on Biotechnologies; BMBF; EU April 2018 –
    March 2021
    Methyl transferases for the functional diversification of bioactives
    LTBP Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Landesentwicklung und Energie January 2019 – December 2023 Laboratory for Technical Biopolymers
    eBioCO2n Fraunhofer and Max Planck cooperation program January 2019 – December 2022 Electricity-driven CO2 conversion through synthetic enzyme cascades
    HanAkku BMBF October 2020 – September 2021

    Tailor-made hemp-based storage material for modern energy, water and agriculture-based economy

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