Reference projects

Fraunhofer IGB is working successfully in numerous (joint) projects funded by German Federal Ministries or by foundations. Here we present a selection of current and completed projects.

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    Early stem cell (red) adhesion on albumin coating (green) after one minute.

    Funding: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft || Duration: June 2014 – May 2018 ||As part of Fraunhofer's “Theranostic Implants” lighthouse project, Fraunhofer IGB developed an albumin coating for titanium implants that significantly accelerates the adhesion of mesenchymal stem cells. The layers can be sterilized with standard methods (gamma sterilization, electron beam sterilization) without any loss of function.

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    Organic loading rate as a function of hydraulic retention time.

    Duration: July 2014 – June 2017 || In an extensive study, Fraunhofer IGB investigated the potential of high-load digestion of sewage sludge for producing biogas, which can be used to generate electricity and heat. The experts at the Institute evaluated the overall potential of all wastewater treatment plants in Baden-Württemberg in size class 4.

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  • Funding: BMBF || Duration: October 2014 – March 2018 || In the joint project Auto-loop, a new principle for the tissue-specific release of drugs will be developed using the example of inflammatory diseases. It is based on the fact that a drug will only be released at its target site when proteases correlated with the disease are present in a sufficiently high concentration and release the drug bound via a peptide chain from its carrier polymer. The cleavage sites for the respective proteases are defined by indication-specific linkers introduced using click chemistry.

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    Funding: BMBF || Duration: January 2016 – December 2017 || Fraunhofer IGB searches for new reaction routes and catalysts which can make the production of amines more sustainable. In the BMBF-funded Bi-Amin project BioCat branch in Straubing cooperate with the Technical University of Munich and industrial partners to develop a biotechnological process.

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    Funding: BMBF || Duration: August 2015 – August 2017 || Isobutene is a key molecule for the petrochemical industry. It is currently produced exclusively from fossil sources such as petroleum. Using an alternative manufacturing process developed by Global Bioenergies, biobased isobutene is produced from sugars in a demonstration plant at the Leuna site. In the BioFaa project, biobased isobutene was successfully converted into fuels and fuel additives such as isooctane and ETBE for the first time ever.

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  • Microscope image of teh fungus Aspergillus terreus.

    Funding: EU || Duration: January 2017 – December 2017 || In the EU project Bio-QED, Fraunhofer IGB and its branch institute Fraunhofer CBP are conducting research into fermentative production processes to produce basic chemicals and regarding the scale-up of the processes. The Institute is concentrating in particular on the itaconic acid value chain. In 2017, the Fraunhofer CBP held a demonstration workshop on this topic in which project highlights and results were presented.

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    View of the sludge gas upgrading plant in Franca from one of the digester towers.

    Funding: BMU || Duration: February 2009 – December 2017 || In the project, which is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Fraunhofer IGB has developed a plant to treat the biogas produced at the wastewater treatment plant in Franca, Brazil, to natural gas quality. The purified biomethane will be used to power the water supplier's own fleet of vehicles.

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  • Funding: BMBF || Duration: October 2017 – September 2020 || Within the scope of the international research project “Camphor-based polymers”, the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB will, in the coming year, research sustainable production processes for biobased monomers. These are suitable as starting materials for plastics that so far have been produced on the basis of crude oil. Camphor, a terpene produced in large quantities in China from by-products of the pulp industry, can be considered as a biobased alternative to fossil raw materials.

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  • Getrocknetes Fucoxanthin, ein in der Lebensmittelindustrie gefragter natürlicher Farbstoff.
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    Getrocknetes Fucoxanthin, ein in der Lebensmittelindustrie gefragter natürlicher Farbstoff.

    Funding: Baden-Württemberg Stiftung and the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg || Duration: January 2015 – December 2017 || Extracts of the algae ingredients eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and fucoxanthin were extracted from the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum with yields of over 90 percent. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substances are suitable for applications in the food, feed and cosmetics industries. The results were obtained as part of the research program Bioeconomy Baden-Württemberg within the research network "Microalgae – Integrated Use for Nutrition".

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