Press releases and news 2024

  • LaChiPur / 2024

    Functionalized Chitosan as a Biobased Flocculant for the Treatment of Complex Wastewater

    Press release Fraunhofer IGB / May 02, 2024

    As functionalized flocculant, LaChiPur removes not only suspended solids but also phenols from rinsing water in red wine production.
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    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB have developed a biobased and functionalized flocculant to efficiently treat complex wastewaters. Furthermore, toxic phenols are removed from the water by the enzyme laccase in a chitosan matrix. The functionalized and degradable flocculant LaChiPur will be presented for the first time at the IFAT in Munich from May 13–17, 2024.

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  • Feathers replace petroleum / 2024

    Adhesives from feathers

    Research News / March 01, 2024

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    Adhesives are almost always based on fossil raw materials such as petroleum. Researchers at Fraunhofer have recently developed a process that allows to utilize keratin for this purpose. This highly versatile protein compound can be found, for instance, in chicken feathers. Not only can it be used to manufacture a host of different adhesives for a variety of applications, but the processes and end products are also sustainable and follow the basic principles underlying a bio-inspired circular economy. The project, developed together with Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, addresses a billion-dollar market.

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  • Reproducible in-vitro canine skin / 2024

    Lab-grown canine skin provides a canvas for testing medical treatments

    Research News / February 01, 2024

    Dogs have sensitive skin. The lab-grown canine skin equivalent can be used to test the efficacy and compatibility of treatments and care products.
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    Reproducible in-vitro canine skin has been grown in a laboratory setting for the first time by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB. The research team developed a full-thickness dog skin equivalent based on native skin cells. This makes it possible to precisely test medical treatments in vitro on the sensitive skin of dogs. The skin equivalent can even be used to test the compatibility of care products such as shampoo or soap - eliminating the need for animal testing.

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