Regenerative Resources

Material use of biogenic raw and residual materials, CO2 and water

The innovation field of Regenerative Resources in the two working groups Biomass Fractionation and Chemical Processes deals with the development of innovative processes and processes for the material use of regenerative resources (lignocelluloses, carbohydrates, oilseed, protein fractions, CO2) for the production of chemicals. Biogas and syngas also play an increasingly important role.

Value chain from raw material to product

With the existing know-how, a wide range of process steps for the development of processes from the laboratory (TRL 3-4) to the pilot plant scale (TRL 6) can be covered. This combines processes to investigate complete value chains from raw material supply and conditioning to the isolation of material flows and its chemical transformation as well as implemented processes for effective product separation and purification. Sample quantities from kilogram to ton scale can be provided.

The techno-economic evaluation of the processes plays a decisive role in the implementation in biorefinery concepts. Together with partners, we conduct assessments that serve as the basis for further process and plant design on a demonstration or industrial scale.


Biomass fractionation

Holistic use of biomass in biorefineries and maximum added value through high-quality end products. For this, we develop processes for the pulping and fractionation of

  • lignocellulosic material (wood, straw)
  • polysaccharide containing materials (insect chitin, inulin from chicory)
  • alternative processing lines for oilseeds.



Chemical procesess

Processes for the production of biobased basic, fine and platform chemicals for applications in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries

  • Biogenic epoxy resins
  • Added value of lignin
  • Electricity-based fuels and chemicals
  • Product separation and processing
  • Process and plant design

Food processing technology

  • Extraction and processing of intracellular metabolites with high-pressure processes
  • Stabilization of food and plant-based extracts
  • Recovery of valuable materials from wastes of food production
  • Process validation