Fraunhofer-Institut für Grenzflächen- und Bioverfahrenstechnik IGB

Fraunhofer-Institut für Grenzflächen- und Bioverfahrenstechnik IGB

Fraunhofer IGB develops and optimizes processes, products and technologies in the fields of health, chemistry and process industry, as well as environment and energy.

Biotechnology IGB develops and optimizes processes, products and technologies in the fields of health, chemistry and process industry, as well as environment and energy. We combine the highest scientific standards with professional know-how in our competence areas – always with a view to economic efficiency and sustainability. Our strengths are offering complete solutions from the laboratory to the pilot scale. Customers also benefit from the cooperation between our five R&D departments in Stuttgart and the institute branches located in Leuna und Straubing. The constructive interplay of the various disciplines at our institute opens up new approaches in areas such as medical engineering, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, and environmental technology. Fraunhofer IGB is one of 69 institutes and independent research units of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe´s leading organization for applied research.


Interfacial Engineering and Materials Science Molecular Biotechnology Physical Process Technology Environmental Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering Cell and Tissue Engineering Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP, Leuna branch Bio, Electro, and Chemocatalysis BioCat, Straubing branch

Business areas


Coatings and biomaterials for medical applications Molecular diagnostics Personalized medicine Drug discovery and development Formulation and release systems Food and cosmetics


Functional surfaces and materials Fermentation and biocatalysis Biobased chemicals Biorefinery concepts Electrochemical conversion Downstream processing


Water and wastewater technologies Water monitoring (Re)processing of raw and residual materials Energy conversion and storage Bioenergy



Activity Analytic, Development, Research, Life Science, Processes


Prof. Dr. Katja Schenke-Layland (executive, acting)
Hon.-Prof. Dr. Christian Oehr (acting)

Year of foundation





Accredited analysis services (DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025)
Accredited in vitro testing of cytotoxicity according to DIN ISO 10993-5
Accredited in-vitro testing of phototoxicity on human skin model (in accordance with OECD Guideline 432 and INVITTOX Protocol no. 121)
Category 9 GLP test facility “ Cell-based test systems for the determination of biological parameters”



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