Press releases and news 2014

  • Brilliant idea – Biological coating for implants

    Fraunhofer IGB News / December 22, 2014

    Improving the long-term stability and integration of medically engineered implants into their surrounding tissue by equipping them with a biological coating was the concept presented by IGVP PhD student Mara Ruff in the “ideaTrophy 2014” competition sponsored by the company Freudenberg, which was chosen in December 2014 as one of two winning ideas.

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  • OVOSHINE: Ensuring food safety of eggs

    Fraunhofer IGB Press Release / September 26, 2014

    Partners from seven EU countries cooperate in OVOSHINE, a 3-year EU funded project to develop innovative technology for the egg sector. Small and medium egg industries will be able to sanitize eggshell effectively at a low cost.

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  • Baden-Württemberg's Bioeconomy research strategy

    Fraunhofer IGB News / July 23, 2014

    Fossil fuels are still by far the most important basis for the chemical products we know – ranging from fuel to plastics and textiles, lubricants and construction materials to cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. However, fossil resources are finite, and climate change coupled with a growing world population present society with major challenges. A “biobased” economy – “bioeconomy” for short – promises a sustainable solution to securing food for the human race. Secondly, it uses renewable resources for the production of energy and materials, while at the same time protecting the climate and the environment.

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  • LEWA prize for PhD thesis on potassium fertilizer

    Fraunhofer IGB News  / July 17, 2014

    Young scientist Daniel Frank was awarded the LEWA prize for his achievements in the field of process engineering. The annual honor from the Leonberg-based company LEWA is awarded for excellent theses in the area of process engineering at the University of Stuttgart. Daniel Frank, who did his PhD at the Institute of Interfacial Process Engineering and Plasma Technology IGVP, carried out research into the manufacture of potassium fertilizer from liquid manure for his dissertation.

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  • Pilot plant for isobutene production on an industrial scale

    Fraunhofer IGB News / July 03, 2014

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    Last year the Fraunhofer IGB further developed its cooperation activities with partners in industry and research. In collaboration with Global Bioenergies GmbH, an industrial pilot plant will be set up at the Fraunhofer CBP in Leuna for the manufacture of isobutene from biogenic raw materials.

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  • For her outstanding research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine Fraunhofer scientist Prof. Dr. Katja Schenke-Layland has been distinguished with the 2014 Young Scientist Award of the Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society – European Chapter (TERMIS-EU).

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  • Implanted infection prevention

    Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Research News / June 05, 2014

    Implanted infection prevention
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    Hospital germs can be fatal, since they are resistant to antibiotics. As a result, alternative methods of defense against bacteria are in demand. Fortunately, a German-French research team has been able to develop bone implants that keep the germs at bay.

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  • Preservation of wine without sulphite addition

    Fraunhofer IGB Press Release / May 28, 2014

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    In order to avoid wine spoilage, most wineries add sulphur dioxide to the wine. However, sulphites dissolved in the wine can potentially cause allergies. An alternative preservation method without or with significantly reduced sulphite addition has been developed by an international consortium within the EU-funded project "PreserveWine-DEMO", in which the Fraunhofer IGB is involved.

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  • Artificial lung the size of a sugar cube

    Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Press Release / May 27, 2014

    What medications can be used to treat lung cancer, and how effective are they? Until now, drug companies have had to rely on animal testing to find out. But in the future, a new 3D model lung is set to achieve more precise results and ultimately minimize – or even completely replace – animal testing. From June 23-26, researchers will be presenting their new model at the BIO International Convention in San Diego, California (Germany Pavilion, Booth 4513-03).

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