Infrastructure and technical equipment

Cutting-edge technologies and extensive, modern equipment are indispensable to our scientific work – and an added benefit for you as our customer. Our laboratories are designed for work up to biological safety level S2. A new building commissioned in 2017 has, among other things, roll-to-roll coating plants and technical centers for aseptic work (foodstuffs), for the treatment of process (waste) water as well as for wastewater and sludge treatment on a pilot scale.

Interfacial Engineering and Materials Science

  • Plasma reactors for cleaning, sterilization, coating and functionalization
  • Equipment for sputtering and parylene coating
  • Electron (SEM) and probe (AFM) microscopes
  • Equipment for the analysis of surfaces and thin films
  • Chemical-nanotechnical laboratories for the synthesis and preparation of nanostructured (bio)materials and surfaces
  • Pilot plants for the manufacturing and testing of membranes

Molecular Biotechnology

  • Molecular-biological laboratories conforming to safety levels L2, S1 and S2 of the German GenTSV (genetic engineering safety regulations)
  • Microarray facility, universal microarray platform
  • Quantitative real time PCR (qRT-PCR LightCycler 480)
  • High-throughput DNA parallel sequencing facility for nucleic acid analysis (Illumina HiSeq2000, Roche Junior)
  • Proteomics facility using high-resolution MS technologies (2D gel electrophoresis, nano-LC-MALDI-TOF / TOF, HPLC-ESI-MS / ​MS)
  • Fermentation plant for suspension and adherent cell cultures up to 10 liters of non-GLP
  • Plants for protein purification
  • Multi-fermentation plants for bioprocess development, and fermenters (up to 40 liters), S2 / L2
  • Cell disruption equipment (ball mills, high-pressure autoclave, etc.)
  • GC-MS / MS, LC-MS / MS, IC, ICP-AES, and ICP-MS, accredited by the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH

Physical Process Technology

  • Laboratory systems for investigating the flocking and oxidation properties of industrial process water
  • Pilot plants for advanced oxidation processes (AOP)(electrophysical precipitation, ozone, hydrogen peroxide, UV radiation, ultrasound, anodal oxidation (direct/indirect), cathode reactions)
  • Mobile pilot plants for on-site feasibility investigations and demonstrations, for example for drying with overheated steam or for water treatment
  • Design and simulation software SolidWorks, COMSOL MultiPhysics®, Design-Expert Workstation

Environmental Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering

  • Pilot plant for environmental and bioprocess engineering applications
  • Bioreactors of various sizes (laboratory, pilot and technical scale)
  • Analytics for substrates and fermentation products, protein analytics
  • Mobile membrane bioreactors for wastewater treatment
  • Mobile pilot plants in m3-scale to generate basic engineering data in situ for the planning of innovative demonstration plants
  • Demonstration sites Knittlingen (DEUS 21); Stuttgart-Gaisburg (bioenergy); Reutlingen and Fraunhofer IGB (cultivation of algae); Franca, SP, Brazil (bioenergy)
  • Photobioreactors of various sizes for lab, outdoor and greenhouse applications
  • Test facilities for different membrane processes (e.g. rotating disk filtration)
  • Official approvals for handling pathogenic organisms
  • Special apparatuses for testing antimicrobially finished materials
  • Test facilities for cell disruption and extraction with supercritical fluids
  • GIS applications using the ESRI ARC-INFO software; process simulation and automation (MATLAB, Siemens programming)

Cell and Tissue Engineering

  • Cell culture laboratories conforming to safety levels S1 and S2 of the German GenTSV (genetic engineering safety regulations)
  • State-of-the-art equipment such as an inverse fluorescence microscope, a multiphoton microscope system, a Raman microspectroscopic system, FACS and laser-capture microdissection instrumentation

Bio, Electro and Chemocatalysis BioCat, Straubing branch

  • Autoclave unit with several laboratory-scale parallel reactors (material: Hastelloy C22; volume: 100 ml/reactor; pressure: up to 300 bar; temperature: up to 400 °C)
  • Various bioreactors up to 40 liters
  • Automation platform for high throughput applications
  • Electrochemical equipment
  • Analytics: GC-MS, LC-MS, HPLC and FT-IR with online probe
  • 400 MHz NMR spectrometer

Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP

  • Pulping and component separation of lignocellulose using organic solvents, with a capacity of 1 metric ton of biomass per week
  • Fermentation capacities of 10/100/300/1000 and 10,000 liters, equipment for downstream processing of fermentation products
  • Reactors for enzymatic processes up to 1000 liters
  • Various process units for chemical reactions unter ATEX conditions (continuous up to 20 kg/h or batch up to 100 liters at temperatures up to 500°C and pressures up to 300 bar)
  • Mechanical and thermal separation processes (including high-temperature rectificatioin up to 350°C at reduced pressures and extraction with l-propane and sc-CO2), also under ATEX conditions

Attract Group Organ-on-a-Chip

  • Photolithography
  • Microfluidics laboratories
  • Cell culture laboratories for working with stem cells
  • Fluorescence microscopy with high-speed camera
  • Confocal resolution fluorescence microscopy