Press releases and news

  • Banddruckmaschine
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    Roll-to-roll (R2R) processes, in which, for example, films, textiles, flat membranes, metal foils or even ultra-thin glass are functionalized, play an important role in numerous industrial processes. In the R2RNet network, founded on June 10, 2020, 21 European partners from industry, research organizations and universities are pooling their expertise in the continuous functionalization of surfaces in the roll-to-roll process. The aim is to promote the exchange of experience and to facilitate access to these technologies and to corresponding equipment. The network was initiated by the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP and for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB.

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  • Water-saving food production / 2020

    Soil-less sustainability: Novel agricultural crop production incorporating water reuse

    Press release of the project consortium / April 02, 2020

    Die Salatsetzlinge kommen dank des hydroponischen Verfahrens ohne Erde aus.
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    Record temperatures and prolonged periods of drought are increasingly affecting agriculture worldwide. In Germany, too, droughts are now jeopardizing high-yielding harvests. A cultivation system with a new type of irrigation technology using water reuse is particularly suitable for arid regions and selected crops. And now results and specific recommendations are available for a practical application of this alternative type of agriculture that uses recycled water.

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  • Fraunhofer IGB intensifies partnership in India

    Fraunhofer IGB Press Release / February 26, 2020

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    In March 2020, director of institute Dr. Markus Wolperdinger and Dr.-Ing. Marius Mohr, head of the innovation field "Water Technologies and Resource Recovery" at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, will travel to India with the aim of intensifying international cooperation with Indian institutions and companies. Mohr and his team have already implemented several projects in major Indian cities and are currently involved in the "Global Smart Cities" project in Kochi in southern India. To further promote Indo-German cooperation in the water sector and other areas, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed during Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to India in autumn 2019.

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  • Kick-off of the SUNERGY initiative

    SUNRISE & ENERGY-X Press release / February 14, 2020

    Over 100 stakeholders of the Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs) SUNRISE and ENERGY-X gathered on February 5-6, 2020 in Brussels for the kick-off meeting of SUNERGY, a large-scale research and innovation (R&I) initiative in the area of fossil-free fuels and chemicals. Renewable energy experts from academia, industry and policy addressed the current opportunities and challenges towards decarbonizing the European industry and society over the next 30 years. Fraunhofer IGB was leading the work package “Innovation and Exlploitation” within the SUNRISE project and is now looking forward to actively contributing to the important SUNERGY initiative.

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    The newly created "Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus at Stellenbosch University" (FIP-WEF@SU) is the result of many years of cooperation between the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the South African Stellenbosch University, most recently in the ICON project WASTEC. On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, Fraunhofer President Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer and Prof. Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector Research, Innovation & Postgraduate Studies at Stellenbosch University, signed the corresponding cooperation agreement at a meeting in South Africa.

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  • The synthesis of bio-based high-performance polyamide from biogenic residues / 2020

    A real alternative to crude oil

    Technical University of Munich / Press release / January 27, 2020

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    A research team from the Fraunhofer Society and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) led by chemist Volker Sieber has developed a new polyamide family which can be produced from a byproduct of cellulose production – a successful example for a more sustainable economy with bio-based materials. The work was recently published in Nature Communications.

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  • © Fraunhofer IZI

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB participates in the EU project imSAVAR to develop innovative model systems for the evaluation of immunomodulatory therapeutics. The institute coordinates the development of novel immunocompetent in-vitro models with a focus on microphysiological systems, especially organ-on-chip platforms, as well as on cell-based reporter gene assays with immune receptors. Fraunhofer IGB also leads the Management work package and is part of the Project Management Office together with Fraunhofer IZI.

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  • University of Stuttgart establishes research initiative CHEM|ampere / 2019

    Sustainable Chemical Production with Electricity

    Press Release of the University of Stuttgart / November 21, 2019

    By 2050, the chemical industry should operate in a climate neutral fashion, which means phasing-out fossil oil, gas and coal. Therefore alternative carbon sources and renewable energy have to be utilized in order to replace fossil reserves. A new Stuttgart Research Initiative will elaborate on the concept of such a future chemical factory, both from a fundamental and application-oriented standpoint. The University of Stuttgart, German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB will be involved in the initiative.

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  • New biobased class of polyamides / 2019

    Polyamides from terpenes: Amorphous Caramid-R® and semi-crystalline Caramid-S®

    Fraunhofer IGB Press release / October 09, 2019

    biobased polymers
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    The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB is using a new, recently patented process to develop new polyamides from the terpene 3-carene, a residual material from the cellulose industry. The biobased polyamides Caramid-R® and Caramid-S® produced using this process represent a new class of polyamides with outstanding thermal properties. The production of the monomer for Caramid-S® was already successfully piloted in a 100-liter scale. The Fraunhofer researchers will present the new polyamides at the K trade fair in Düsseldorf from 16 to 23 October 2019 (Hall 7.0, Stand SC01).

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  • Alternative to animal experiments / 2019

    Teaching a chip to see

    Research News / September 02, 2019

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    Organ-on-a-chip technology has the potential to revolutionize drug development. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB have succeeded in putting various types of tissue onto chips. Their latest coup has been to recreate the human retina in the form of a retinal organoid. In a parallel development, the research team hopes that organ-on-a-chip technology will open up the field of gender-specific medicine.

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