Press releases and news 2013

  • HiPerDry: EU funding for a new efficient plastic pellets drying technology

    Fraunhofer IGB Press Release  / December 04, 2013


    Within the HiPerDry project, a consortium of twelve partners from industry and research will develop a new drying technology for hygroscopic plastics. The new approach combining microwave heating with superheated steam convective drying will not only lead to significant savings in energy costs, but also allow time efficient drying of thermo-sensitive bioplastics.

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  • Appointment of Petra Kluger at the University of Reutlingen

    Fraunhofer IGB News / November 11, 2013

    Dr. Petra Kluger, one of the two heads of the Fraunhofer IGB Cell and Tissue Engineering department and manager of the department’s Biomaterials and Test Systems group, accepted a professorship at the Reutlingen University on November 1, 2013. She is to hold a so-called “shared professorship”, which gives her the option of working in parallel at the university and at a research institute.

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  • Gentle pasteurization of milk – with microwaves

    Fraunhofer IGB Press Release / October 31, 2013

    Analysis of pasteurized milk in the laboratory.
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    In the EU-funded project MicroMilk, European SMEs together with the University of Hohenheim and the Fraunhofer IGB have developed a novel method for pasteurization of milk with microwaves. The system preserves the valuable components of milk, and is also suitable for heating viscous and concentrated dairy products due to minimized fouling formation. As a result cleaning efforts can be reduced and detergents are saved. In the follow-up project MicroMilk Demo, the system will be transferred into industrial practice.

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  • Agricultural phosphorus recovery

    Fraunhofer IGB Press Release / October 08, 2013

    fertilizer pellets
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    Phosphorus is an important plant nutrient for agriculture; however, phosphate rock reserves are limited. In the EU-funded PhosFarm project, research and SME partners aim to make organic phosphorus from agricultural residues accessible as a resource for phosphate fertiliser salts. Using immobilised enzymes, organic phosphorus compounds are released from the organic matter and recovered as phosphate.

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  • Biotechnica 2013 / 2013

    Need different types of tissue? Just print them!

    Research News / October 01, 2013

     Printing cell suspensions onto hydrogel pads
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    What sounds like a dream of the future has already been the subject of research for a few years: simply printing out tissue and organs. Now scientists have further refined the technology and are able to produce various tissue types. The bio-ink-printers of the Fraunhofer IGB will be shown at this year's BIOTECHNICA in Hanover from October, 8th to 10th.

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  • Removing pollutants and contaminants from wastewater

    Fraunhofer IGB Press Release / July 26, 2013

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    The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB and its European partners have developed several effective processes for eliminating persistent pollutants from wastewater. Some of these processes generate reactive species which can be used to purify even highly polluted landfill leachate while another can also remove selected pollutants which are present in very small quantities with polymer adsorber particles.

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  • Prize for outstanding research theses

    Research News - Special Issue / June 10, 2013

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    Three young researchers have been recognized for producing final dissertations that demonstrate scientific excellence. Their findings include new methods of naturally preserving fresh foods with hops extracts, an ultra-compact microscope that makes it possible to examine hundreds of prepared samples simultaneously, and the use of protein-protein interaction analysis to nip fungal pathogens in the bud.

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