Press releases and news

  • PiCK – Kopernikus Project for the Energiewende / 2019

    Chemicals from carbon dioxide – with plasma and perovskite membranes

    Fraunhofer IGB Press Release / 4.6.2019

    © IGVP, Universität Stuttgart

    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB and the University of Stuttgart aim to use the climate-damaging greenhouse gas carbon dioxide as a raw material for the production of chemicals. To do this, they are developing a combined plasma and membrane process that splits CO2 into oxygen and the chemical base material carbon monoxide. The process is made possible by the separation of oxygen using a new perovskite capillary membrane. This membrane is CO2-stable and permeable for oxygen at 1000°C.

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  • Cybersecurity and Health Research: Cooperation with Hebrew University in Jerusalem / 2019

    Two Fraunhofer Project Centers opened in Israel

    Press Release / 21.5.2019

    © Bruno Charbit

    The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is collaborating globally with excellent partners to create synergies for research and to build bridges to regional markets. With this in mind, two new Project Centers were opened in Israel on May 21 during a ceremony at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem: The “Fraunhofer Project Center for Cybersecurity at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem” and the “Fraunhofer Project Center for Drug Discovery and Delivery at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem”. The two Project Centers combine the expertise of the Israeli partners from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) with the competencies of the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT and the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB and are the first project centers of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Israel.

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  • techtextil 2019 / 2019

    Insects supply chitin as a raw material for the textile industry

    Fraunhofer IGB | Press Release / 8.5.2019

    Pupal exuviae
    © Fraunhofer IGB

    Fossil based chemicals are often used in textile processing. That is why the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB is researching sustainable biobased alternatives. The Institute is working on utilizing side streams from the animal feed manufacture for the production of chitosan. The biopolymer is supposed to be used as a sizing agent in the processing of yarns or for the functionalization of textiles. Fraunhofer IGB will present its work at the techtextil trade fair from May 14 – 17 in Frankfurt am Main.

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  • 3D printing of biological tissue

    Research News / 2.5.2019

    © Fraunhofer IGB

    The future of medicine is biological – and scientists hope we will soon be using 3D-printed biologically functional tissue to replace irreparably damaged tissue in the body. A team of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB has been working with the University of Stuttgart for a number of years on a project to develop and optimize suitable bioinks for additive manufacturing. By varying the composition of the bioma-terial, the researchers have already succeeded in expanding their portfolio to include bone and vascularization inks. That has laid the foundations for manufacturing bone-like tissue structures featuring capillary networks.

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  • signing
    © OCP Group

    Together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle, Fraunhofer IGB is committed in the area of sustainable green chemistry. In March, a partnership agreement was signed for a cooperation of Fraunhofer with the OCP Group, world leader in the phosphate and derivatives market. The aim of the partnership is research into the synthesis and production of green hydrogen and green ammonia, which can be used as sustainable raw materials for the fertilizer industry.

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  • ICE europe, March 12 – 14, 2019, Munich / 2019

    Safer Food – Less Waste

    Press release / 12.2.2019

    © Fraunhofer IAP

    At ICE 2019, the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP, for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB and for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP will present innovative technologies for sustainable food packaging. They each have extensive expertise in processing, process development and control, the development of special polymer films and the deposition of ultra-thin layers for the packaging industry.

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  • The European Project SUNRISE, “Solar energy for a circular economy”, has been selected as one of the six Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) within the Horizon 2020 programme. Funded with €1M, it will last one year (starting in spring 2019), setting the basis for a European large scale research project. The SUNRISE Vision is a radical and ambitious scientific and technological approach for solar energy conversion and storage to provide a sustainable alternative to fossil-based, energy-intensive production of fuels and base chemicals. This is fully aligned with the recently released European Commission long-term strategy for a climate neutral Europe by 2050. SUNRISE joins together stakeholders from academia, industry, policy and society, including NGOs and global players in the energy, chemicals and automotive sectors, to develop the S&T roadmap of a large research initiative in the Energy, Environment and Climate Change area.

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  • Low-energy electron beams / 2019

    Producing vaccines without the use of chemicals

    Research News / 3.1.2019

    The research and pilot facility at Fraunhofer IZI. Before it can be used in industrial vaccine production, the dimensions of the system must be reduced to the size of a refrigerator.
    © Fraunhofer IZI

    Producing vaccines is a tricky task – especially in the case of inactivated vaccines, in which pathogens must be killed without altering their structure. Until now, this task has generally involved the use of toxic chemicals. Now, however, an innovative new technology developed by Fraunhofer researchers – the first solution of its kind – will use electron beams to produce inactivated vaccines quickly, reproducibly and without the use of chemicals.

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  • Friday, 9th November 2018 was the last day of InnoTour 2018, a five-day tour leading 16 Australian researchers and innovators to different institutions and companies of the German healthcare research sector. InnoTour was organised by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft within the initiative InnoHealth Australia. Presenting the large portfolio of applied research and corporate landscape, InnoTour 2018 could contribute to the network between German and Australian actors. Thus, first joint project approaches have been identified – in basic and applied research as well as in the industrial sector. The Australian scientists were also guests at Fraunhofer IGB.

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  • European Organ-On-Chip Society launched

    Press release / 13.11.2018

    EUROoCS Board Members
    © hDMT

    During the third International Organ-on-Chip Symposium, held on 8 and 9 November 2018 in Eindhoven, the European Organ-on-Chip Society (EUROoCS) was officially launched. The Society aims to encourage and develop Organ-on-Chip research towards a better health for everyone. Membership is open from 2019 to all researchers in the field, and gives access to the upcoming digital Organ-on-Chip platform and the future Journal of the Society. Peter Loskill from Fraunhofer IGB is one of the first board members.

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