Fraunhofer-Institut für Grenzflächen- und Bioverfahrenstechnik IGB

Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB

We develop and optimizes technologies, processes and products for health, sustainable chemistry and the environment by combining biology and engineering.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB develops and optimizes processes, technologies, and products for health, sustainable chemistry, and the environment. For this, we rely on the combination of biotechnological and process engineering competencies in order to contribute to human well-being, a sustainable economy and an intact environment with the systems approach of bioeconomy and bioinspired, biointegrated and biointelligent solutions.

We offer our customers R&D services ranging from feasibility studies to implementing new processes in industrial practice accompanied by a wide range of analysis and testing services. Our strengths are offering complete solutions from the laboratory to pilot scale applications. Our research focuses on e.g. nucleic acid-based diagnostics, virus-based technologies, 3D tissue models, functional ingredients from algae, water and wastewater technologies, membranes, catalysts as well as regenerative raw materials, industrial biotechnology, bioinspired syntheses, biobased chemicals and functional materials.

This thematic focus has enabled the institute to tackle many pressing challenges including a personalized medicine and creating a sustainable bioeconomy and a climate-neutral, resource-efficient circular economy. Our integrated approach to water management, agriculture, energy management, and chemistry permits industrial value creation and environmental protection to be combined in a single solution for sustainable development.


Category Institutes
Working areas Analytics, Bioeconomy, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Development, Research, Processes
Year of foundation



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Water-repellent and more: coating textiles sustainably with chitosan

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