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

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

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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Novel Production Strategies for Biosurfactants – BioSurf

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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