Bioinspired chemistry

Sustainable syntheses and materials

This innovation field researches sustainable conversion processes and is particularly concerned with the development of new synthesis and production methods for fine and specialty chemicals and for functional materials of the future. In doing so, we use biomolecular structures and synthesis principles to create new material properties.

The innovation field focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to synthetic and retrosynthetic strategies that combine chemical and biological aspects and thus lead to innovative manufacturing processes. The functionality of the products is evaluated on the basis of application requirements and optimized with regard to industrial use.

The aim of our activities is to expand the toolbox for sustainable synthesis by synopsis of raw materials, conversion methods and desired product properties. Thereby we want to achieve technological leaps towards “green” chemicals and novel functional materials.

Fields of activity and technologies

  • Development of bioinspired synthesis routes
    • Chemo-enzymatic synthesis
    • Organic synthesis
  • Biobased monomer and polymer synthesis
    • Production and processing of biobased materials
  • Transient, responsive, switchable materials
  • Biodegradation of specialty chemicals
  • Chemical analysis, material characterization and material testing
 

Bioinspired synthesis routes

New specialty and fine chemicals through

 
  • Chemo-enzymatic synthesis
  • Organic synthesis
 

Biobased monomer and polymer synthesis

  • Laboratory for Technical Biopolymers
  • Production and processing of biobased materials