Competencies: Technologies and technology scale-up

Our researchers investigate and develop new technologies, processes and products on behalf of customers and in collaborative research projects – from basic principles to application-ready prototypes. 


Algae biotechnology

  • Process development and scale-up
  • Extraction of functional ingredients
  • Algae ingredients for plant protection
  • Nutrient recycling through algae cultiviation

Biofilms and hygiene

  • Detection of microorganisms
  • Biological characterization of antimicrobial surfaces
  • Biofilms – characterization and avoidance

Bioinspired chemistry

  • Development of bioinspired synthesis routes
  • Biobased monomer and polymer synthesis
  • Transient, responsive, switchable materials
  • Biodegradation of specialty chemicals

Cell and tissue technologies

  • Cell-based assays
  • Immune receptors and drug screening
  • 3D skin models
  • Biosensors

Electrosynthesis of basic chemicals

  • Components (gas diffusion electrodes, catalyst materials)
  • Process development
  • Electrochemical cells and demonstrators

Food processing technology

  • Pressure change technology (PCT)
  • Cell disruption, stabilization, hygienization
  • Recovery of valuable materials
  • Process validation

Functional surfaces and materials

  • Materials and formulations
  • Coatings
  • Process development

Industrial biotechnology

  • Bioprocess engineering
  • Bioprocess scale-up

In-vitro diagnostics

  • Next-generation sequencing
  • Precision diagnostics and biomarkers
  • Microbiomics and environmental genomics
  • Bioinformatics


  • Humidifier and ionomer membranes
  • Ceramic hollow-fiber membranes
  • Gas separation with mixed matrix membranes
  • Osmosis and filtration membranes

Regenerative resources

  • Biomass fractionation: lignocellulose, oil seeds
  • Chemical processes
    • Conversion of lignin
    • Electricity-based fuels and chemicals
    • Downstream processing

Resource recovery

  • High-load digestion on sewage plants
  • Optimized digestion processes for biogas plants
  • Recovery and recycling of nutrients
  • Bioleaching/biomining

Sustainable catalytic processes

  • CO2 conversion processes
  • Chemical, electrochemical and biocatalysts
  • Coupling of reactions in process cascades

Technology scale-up and transfer

  • Technology exploitation and transfer
  • Design and construction of demonstration and prototype plants
  • Implementation and scale-up to TRL 9

Thermal separation processes

  • Thermal water treatment
  • Sorptive dehumidification
  • Drying with superheated steam
  • Torrefaction of lignocellulosic biomass

Virus-based technologies

  • Engineering of therapeutic viruses
  • Viral vectors (cell and gene therapy)
  • Phage technology
  • Virus-like particles

Water technologies

  • Water management and water reuse
  • Water processing and wastewater treatment
  • Desalination
  • Advanced oxidation processes (AOP)