Press releases and news

  • Tumor treatment / 2022

    Herpes virus to be weaponized to fight cancer

    Research News / June 01, 2022

    Researchers use a plaque assay to test cell cultures and determine whether viruses are infectious.
    © Fraunhofer IGB

    Viruses can make animals and humans sick – or healthy: Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB have succeeded in genetically modifying the herpes simplex virus type 1, which triggers painful cold sores, in such a way that it can be used in the fight against cancer in the future.

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  • Research project explores new ways of creating bio-economic value / 2022

    Biorefinery project KoalAplan is extracting raw materials from wastewater

    UTBW Press release / March 02, 2022

    Gereinigtes Abwasser aus dem Hauptstrom
    © Universität Stuttgart

    Stuttgart/Büsnau. The Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector is funding the KoalAplan project, which extends the functional scope of a wastewater treatment plant. The project, based in the Stuttgart district of Büsnau, aims at recovering raw materials from wastewater and is therefore making a positive contribution to climate neutrality, as the products obtained replace fossil raw materials and energy-intensive processes.

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  • The sewage plant of the future is a biorefinery / 2022

    Pilot project RoKKa uses wastewater to produce fertiliser and raw materials

    UTBW Press release / March 02, 2022

    The wastewater treatment plant in Steinhäule is involved in the RoKKa project to test the transferability of bioeconomic solutions to another site.
    © Zweckverband Klärwerk Steinhäule

    Stuttgart/Ulm. The Ministry for the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector is funding the new research project RoKKa which is used to prove the viability of recovering raw materials from wastewater. This adds a crucial function to the scope of a conventional sewage treatment plant. Together with the operators of the sewage treatment plants in Erbach and Neu-Ulm, the project partners demonstrate the positive contribution towards climate protection and a secure feedstock supply, as the manufactured products can replace fossil materials and energy-intensive processes.

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  • Inspired by nature: Electro-biocatalytic CO2 fixing replaces fossil resources / 2022

    Turning harmful CO2 into useful chemicals

    Fraunhofer IGB Press release / January 13, 2022

    Wissenschaftler stellt etwas an einer auf einem Tisch stehenden Apparatur ein.
    © Marc Mueller

    Making important raw materials for fine chemicals out of carbon dioxide really works. As part of the Max Planck collaborative project eBioCO2n, a team of researchers from Fraunhofer IGB have successfully performed a first ever fixation of CO2 via a multi-enzyme enzyme reaction driven by electricity yielding a prospective intermediate for the chemical industry. The process for electro-biocatalytic CO2 fixation was recently published and is considered a “hot paper.”

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  • Adaptation to climate change / 2021

    Large-scale implementation of vegetable production utilizing water reuse

    Press release / October 20, 2021

    The lettuce seedlings do not need soil thanks to the hydroponic process.
    © ISOE Wikom

    From pilot project to large-scale implementation: The process of agricultural food production with water reuse successfully developed in the HypoWave research project is entering large-scale application for the first time. In the course of the follow-up project HypoWave+, the research network has started preparations for hydroponic vegetable production with recycled irrigation water on a one-hectare area.

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  • The AVATOR project investigates and optimizes filter and air purification technologies / 2021

    Indoor Air: How to Eliminate Viruses Effectively

    Press release / October 12, 2021

    © Fraunhofer EMI

    How can viruses be effectively eliminated from indoor air? This question is now becoming more important as fall approaches. Efficient indoor air purification is essential, especially in schools. Fraunhofer researchers are investigating and optimizing various filter and air purification techniques in the AVATOR project.

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  • Workshop "Roll-to-roll technologies at work – for functionalized surfaces" / 2021

    Efficient roll-to-roll production technologies for more climate neutrality

    R2R-Net Press release / August 16, 2021

    Roll-to-roll processes are used in a wide variety of production processes. In the R2R-Net network, partners from research and industry are driving forward the climate-friendliness of the processes.
    © Fraunhofer IAP

    For a climate-neutral economy, every opportunity must be exploited to reduce energy requirements and use resources efficiently. Highly efficient industrial processes are a key element in this. To this end, in the R2R-Net network, 18 European partners from industry and research are further developing reel-to-reel systems and processes that are used in production in a variety of ways. Companies benefit from the expertise, the support during scale-up and ramping up of the production, and the technical exchange. On September 7, 2021, the partners will present current developments, success stories and novel production equipment in a workshop. The network is open to additional partners.

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  • Bioeconomy / 2021

    CO2 as a raw material for plastics and other products

    Research News / August 02, 2021

    Light micrograph of cells of the gram-negative bacte-rium Methylorubrum extor-quens AM1.
    © Fraunhofer IGB

    Carbon dioxide is one of the main drivers of climate change – which means that we need to reduce CO2 emissions in the future. Fraunhofer researchers are highlighting a possible way to lower these emissions: They use the greenhouse gas as a raw material, for instance to produce plastics. To do this, they first produce methanol and formic acid from CO2, which they convert via microorganisms into building blocks for polymers and the like.

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  • The e-CO<sub>2</sub>Met project is testing the interaction of three innovative processes – the use of CO<sub>2</sub> from the refinery, the use of green hydrogen produced by high-temperature electrolysis, and subsequent methanol synthesis on the Hy2Chem scaling platform.
    © TotalEnergies

    TotalEnergies announced the launch of the e-CO2Met project at the Hydrogen Lab Leuna together with the electrolyser manufacturer Sunfire, the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS. Methanol can be produced from low-carbon hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide, which is an important approach to reducing climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions. With the ambition to produce climate-neutral methanol on site, this demonstration project will integrate the various components required to this end, such as the use of renewable energy.

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  • EU project on multiple sclerosis therapy ends with final symposium / 2021

    Nose2Brain – Active substances without detour through the nose into the brain

    Fraunhofer IGB Press release / June 09, 2021

    Effective drugs for the treatment of diseases of the central nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis, do exist. However, the blood-brain barrier, which protects the brain as the body's control center, makes it especially difficult for therapeutic biomolecules to pass through. Thus, researchers from an international consortium coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB have spent the last four and a half years developing a novel system in the EU project "N2B-patch" that can be used to bypass this barrier. The new approaches will be presented at a virtual international final symposium on June 17, 2021.

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