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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  • 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: July 2017 – June 2020 || In the ECOX2 joint project Fraunhofer IGB aims at the development of a combined chemocatalytic-biotechnical process for the production of the platform chemical phenol from methane, generated as main biogas component during anaerobic digestion processes. ECOX2 builds on the know-how of the ECOX project where basic procedures for the conversion of gaseous substrates have been developed and methane could successfully be converted to methanol and formic acid by combining chemocatalytic with enzymatic processes.

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  • Funding: BMBF || 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 – for high-throughput protein purification.

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  • Funding: BMBF || Duration: April 2017 – March 2017 || Fungal infections can lead to serious complications in the clinic. They are difficult to diagnose and to treat. In the BMBF-funded project InnateFun, Fraunhofer IGB investigates if immune modulators are able to stimulate the innate immune system of the patients to combat the fungal infections efficiently – and thus act as a new type of antifungal agent.

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    Funding: BMEL || Duration: July 2013 – December 2016 || Developing lignin as a source of raw materials for aromatic synthesis components. The required aromatic compounds are obtained by means of hydrolytic degradation of the macromolecular lignins and then functionalized chemically and enzymatically to make adhesives, paints, polyurethanes and epoxides.

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  • Wasser-epf

    Funding: BMWi || Duration: July 2017 – June 2019 || In the SENSOFLOC project, Fraunhofer IGB develops, in collaboration with an industrial partner, a sensor and a control system for automated control of floc blankets formed during electro-physical precipitation (EpF) for process water treatment. This enables the industrial implementation of the EpF process and the separation of finely dispersed or dissolved materials without any additional chemical demand.

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    Various raw materials as building blocks for plastics.

    Funding: BMEL || Duration: April 2017 – March 2020 || In the TerPa project, new amorphous or semi-crystalline polyamides are produced from waste of wood processing with the aim of developing new application fields for high-performance materials.

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