Chemical and biotechnological catalysis

Manufacturing of new products for the market often fail because respective economical production systems are missing. Process relevant reactions may be too slow, they lead to incomplete conversions or even involve undesired secondary and side products. In many cases operating expenses are too high for large scale product synthesis.

These problems can be solved via intensified application of chemical and biological catalysis. Fraunhofer IGB develops and improves suitable catalysts for specific application in production processes. Chemical catalysts as well as biocatalysts are tested individually and in combination to achieve the objective of high yields, defined product streams and low side reactions in the process.

Reference projects

BioDiMet – Methyl Transferases for the Functional Diversification of Bioactives

Project duration: April 2018 – March 2021

The aim of the BioDiMet project is the development of a robust and straightforward biocatalytic methyltransferase toolbox that can be applied for the selective synthesis of novel bioactives or precursors in an industrial setting. BioDiMet will use enzyme cascade reactions involving S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM)-dependent methyltransferases (MTs) combined with a cofactor supply/recycling system in order to selectively methylate target compounds. Structural diversification of selected substrates will yield novel products with new functional properties.

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FeedPlatePlus – New products for bioeconomy

Project duration: April 2017 – October 2017

In the project FeedPlatePlus, a polymer matrix for microtiter plates is to be developed, which on the one hand serves as a nutrient reservoir, and on the other hand as a selective binding domain for proteins.

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AquaCat– Tailor made lipases for synthetic catalysis in biphasic media: From poly (lactone) applications towards novel sugar esters)

Project duration: June 2012 – May 2014

The project will focus on the development of innovative, greener process using renewable resources for synthesis of products of commercial interest.

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BioSurf – Novel Production Strategies for Biosurfactants

Project duration: June 2009 – August 2011

The aim of the “BioSurf” project is the increased substitution of petrochemically based surfactants by biosurfactants manu-factured on the basis of renewable resources. So as to insure sustainable production principles, the chain of value creation in the biosurfactant production is examined in its entirety.

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