Press releases and news

  • Process analysis in real time

    Fraunhofer IGB Press Release / 10.4.2018

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    With a real-time mass spectrometer developed by Fraunhofer researchers, it has become possible for the first time to analyze up to 30 components simultaneously from the gas phase and a liquid, including in-situ analysis. This sensitive measurement system is also suitable for the automated monitoring and control of chemical reactions and biotechnological processes. From April 10 to 13, 2018 the team of developers is presenting its new measurement system at the Analytica trade fair in Munich.

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  • Markus Wolperdinger takes over the management of Fraunhofer IGB

    Fraunhofer IGB Press Release / 9.4.2018

    Dr. Markus Wolperdinger has taken over the management of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB as of March 1, 2018. Wolperdinger, who has a doctoral degree in chemistry and many years of industry experience in the field of industrial biotechnology and plant construction, is already very familiar with the Institute through his work on the IGB Board of Trustees. Wolperdinger also played a major role in the establishment of the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna.

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  • Monomers from camphor enable biobased plastics

    Fraunhofer IGB Press Release / 8.3.2018

    Within the scope of the international research project “Camphor-based polymers”, the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB will, in the coming year, research sustainable production processes for biobased monomers. These are suitable as starting materials for plastics that so far have been produced on the basis of crude oil. Camphor, a terpene produced in large quantities in China from by-products of the pulp industry, can be considered as a biobased alternative to fossil raw materials.

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  • © Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen

    At this year’s analytica trade fair in Munich, three Fraunhofer Institutes will be presenting a project from pre-competitive research. Biologists, computer scientists and laser experts have developed a process to analyze and select cells and then examine their protein production. In pharmaceutical research, this will make it possible to develop active ingredients much faster than before.

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  • © CO2EXIDE

    On 18th/19th January 2018, the kick-off meeting of the CO2EXIDE project “CO2-based electrosynthesis of ethylene oxide”, coordinated by Fraunhofer IGB, Straubing branch BioCat, was held in Brussels. The EU-funded project aims at the development of a combined electrochemical-chemical technology for the production of ethylene oxide from atmospheric CO2 and water using renewable energy.

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  • © Fraunhofer IGB

    On August 30, 2017, the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB received start-up funding from the Catalyst Fund of the State of New Zealand for their cooperation with SCION, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute focusing on the wood industry and processing. In the future, the two institutes will work together to develop new ideas in the field of bark utilisation in biorefineries and plan joint research projects.

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  • Smart Water Future India / 2017

    Intelligent water management for India's cities

    Fraunhofer IGB Press Release / 23.11.2017

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    At the beginning of October, the project "Smart Water Future India", funded by the German Federal Environment Ministry from the Export Initiative Environmental Technologies, was launched. The aim of the project, which is coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, is to develop a concept for intelligent water management for Coimbatore in southern India, a city with more than one million inhabitants. In doing so, it should be indicated how India's booming metropolises can be supported with the help of German water and wastewater technologies.

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  • Medica: Rapid one-step identification of bacteria, viruses and fungi / 2017

    Faster diagnosis of sepsis pathogens

    Fraunhofer IGB Press Release / 2.11.2017

    DNA isolation
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    Microbial pathogens can be diagnosed unambiguously and within just 24 hours by means of high-throughput sequencing of their genetic makeup and special bioinformatics evaluation algorithms. Fraunhofer researchers have validated this in a clinical study with sepsis patients. The researchers present the NGS diagnosis platform at Medica in Düsseldorf from November 13–17, 2017.

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  • Organ-on-a-chip technology / 2017

    Fraunhofer IGB joins international consortium to advance organ-on-a-chip technology in Europe

    Fraunhofer IGB press release / 30.10.2017

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    The consortium led by Leiden University Medical Center and the Dutch hDMT (human Disease Model Technologies) has been assigned by the EU with the task to create a roadmap for the future development of organ-on-chip technology. Its aim is to establish a European infrastructure to enable coordinated development, production and implementation of organ-on-a-chip systems. The consortium is funded by the EU FET-Open Program and brings together six leading European research institutions, including the Fraunhofer-Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart, Germany.

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  • Improved drug delivery / 2017

    Spray drying: Perfect dosing thanks to drug capsules

    Fraunhofer Research News / 1.9.2017

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    Instant coffee and powdered milk are produced by spray drying. Fraunhofer researchers have adapted this technique to the tricky question of incorporating insoluble substances in core-shell particles. The new method helps reduce the concentration of active ingredients in therapeutic medications.

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