Reference projects

Fraunhofer IGB is working successfully in numerous (joint) projects funded by German Federal Ministries, by the European Union or by foundations. Here we present a selection of current and completed projects.



The aim of the part of the project worked on at Fraunhofer was the optimization of the synthesis of bio-based acrylic acid from activated lactic acid derivatives.

BioFraMe II

BioFraMe is an innovative, broadly applicable supporting material for the preparation of bio‑based heterogeneous metal catalysts.


Holistic Chitin conversion to materials for 3D printing application and performance animal feed additives


HanAkku are innovative 100 percent bio-based hemp shive materials for the targeted storage of substances from solutions and their controlled release (biodepots) for diverse and demand-oriented use in the energy, water and agricultural sectors.


Goal of the project Liberate is the electrochemical cleavage of lignin for the production of phenol derivatives suitable to replace fossil resources.


The aim of the part of the project worked on at Fraunhofer was the development of a procedure for the purification of Furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA).


Tape2Grape is a 100 percent bio-based multifunctional grafting tape for fruit and ornamental trees, which can be equipped with individual biological ingredients.


Regional competitions over the resource water are not uncommon. Due to climate change, urbanization and pollution of water resources, these conflicts of use could intensify in the coming decades.

  • Funding: Fraunhofer and Max Planck cooperation program || Duration: January 2019 – December 2022 || The "eBioCO2n" project, which is being carried out jointly by Fraunhofer and Max Planck scientists, pursues an ambitious approach to converting CO2 into chemicals with electricity from renewable sources: Similar to photosynthesis, CO2 is to be fixed with electron-transmitting biocatalysts and then linked to further enzymatic conversion steps.

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  • Wastewater treatment plant in India

    Wastewater treatment plant in India.

    Funding: BMU || Duration: Novemver 2020 – October 2022 || India's fast-growing cities are faced with the task of modernizing their water supply and wastewater disposal systems. In order to support German companies in opening up the Indian market, the AQUA-Hub project is implementing two Water Innovation Hubs in selected "smart cities" and flanking them with demonstrations of German measurement technology.

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  • Funding: »Fraunhofer vs. Corona« || Duration: October 2020 – September 2021 || Aerosols pose an increased risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2. This is where the "Virus Grill" project comes in. The aim is to inactivate viruses by heating the air, to reduce the probability of infection via droplets suspended in the ambient air. Virus Grill is a subproject of the AVATOR project exploring ways to reduce the risk of infection from aerosol-borne viruses in enclosed spaces.

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  • Early stem cell (red) adhesion on albumin coating (green) after one minute.
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    Early stem cell (red) adhesion on albumin coating (green) after one minute.

    Funding: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft || Duration: June 2014 – May 2018 || As part of Fraunhofer's “Theranostic Implants” lighthouse project, Fraunhofer IGB developed an albumin coating for titanium implants that significantly accelerates the adhesion of mesenchymal stem cells. The layers can be sterilized with standard methods (gamma sterilization, electron beam sterilization) without any loss of function.

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  • Organic loading rate as a function of hydraulic retention time.
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    Organic loading rate as a function of hydraulic retention time.

    Duration: July 2014 – June 2017 || In an extensive study, Fraunhofer IGB investigated the potential of high-load digestion of sewage sludge for producing biogas, which can be used to generate electricity and heat. The experts at the Institute evaluated the overall potential of all wastewater treatment plants in Baden-Württemberg in size class 4.

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  • AquaBioTox-Demonstrator.
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    AquaBioTox demonstrator.

    In the "AquaBioTox" project, we at the Fraunhofer IGB, together with the project partners Berliner Wasserbetriebe, bbe Moldaenke and the Fraunhofer IOSB, are developing solutions for the continuous online monitoring of drinking water pipes with the aim of establishing a biological broadband sensor that reacts immediately and reliably to hazardous substances in the water and makes this visible by means of automatic image evaluation.

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  • Atmospheric water plasma on a laboratory scale.
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    Atmospheric water plasma on a laboratory scale.

    Funding: BMBF || Duration: July 2021 – June 2023 || Per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) have contaminated groundwater and soils at numerous sites due to their widespread industrial use (e.g. as extinguishing and wetting agents). Conventional remediation methods are complex and costly. Therefore, the AtWaPlas project aims to develop a new process for eliminating PFCs from groundwater, seepage water and washwater based on atmospheric plasma treatment.

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  • Funding: BMBF || Duration: October 2014 – March 2018 || In the joint project Auto-loop, a new principle for the tissue-specific release of drugs will be developed using the example of inflammatory diseases. It is based on the fact that a drug will only be released at its target site when proteases correlated with the disease are present in a sufficiently high concentration and release the drug bound via a peptide chain from its carrier polymer. The cleavage sites for the respective proteases are defined by indication-specific linkers introduced using click chemistry.

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  • BioClean.

    Funding: EU, Horizon 2020 || Duration: October 2016 – September 2020 || BIOCLEAN addresses the urgent need to create a sustainable training network across academia, industry and the healthcare sector which will fill the gap in Europe and beyond to produce highly skilled multi-disciplinary young scientists competent in chemistry, engineering and experimental wet lab biology. BIOCLEAN will deliver this network of young scientists who can apply their proven skill sets gained during the project life time to solve industrial and healthcare sector real life biofilm management challenges.

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  • Funding: BMBF || Duration: November 2017 – November 2018 || A transformation of our economy to sustainable production methods with closed cycles and sustainable technologies seems more urgent than ever. In the BIOTRAIN project, six Fraunhofer Institutes have therefore investigated the potential and requirements of a "biological transformation of industrial value creation", in particular with regard to a sustainable way of doing business.

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