Projects from the innovation field bioinspired chemistry


Dr. Pranee Inprakhon, lecturer of Mahidol University, Bangkok Thailand, has been awarded a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (IIF) from the European Union.


The aim of the project team is to develop such enzymatic reaction routes for the biosynthesis of amines and to scale up this process to the pilot scale.


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.


The aim of the BioDiMet project is the development of a robust and straightforward biocatalytic methyltransferase toolbox that can be applied for the selective synthesis of novel bioactives or precursors in an industrial setting.

BioFraMe II

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


We aim at an increased replacement of petro-based surfactants by biosurfactants generated form renewable resources.


ChiBio is adopting the approach of a biorefinery in order to use the biogenic waste material in a holistic way, in other words materially and energetically and as efficiently and completely as possible.


ChitoLogEn is an innovative chitosan-based redox-active polymer. It works as a biobased matrix for the immobilization of redox enzymes on electrodes with applications in bioelectrocatalytic processes including bioelectrosynthesis and energy conversion.


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


The project 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.


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

Hydrophobic proteins for surface functionalization

Binding of functional proteins to membrane surfaces can provide them with new properties.


Plastics and specialty chemicals made from the biopolymer raw material keratin (the main component of animal feathers) to replace fossil sources.

Laboratory for Technical Biopolymers

The Laboratory for Technical Biopolymers is a project to support companies, especially SMEs, on their way to innovative and sustainable substances and materials as well as to resource-efficient processes.


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


Developed processes for the chemical industry to produce plastics from wood. The basis are lignins contained in woody biomass.


In the LiMeOx project tailor-made biobased plasticizers are produced from monoterpenes.


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).


The aim of the PFIFFIG follow-up project is to further develop the manufacturing process targeting industrial grade.


In the lighthouse project, technology developments are being driven forward in four complementary areas to demonstrate that sustainable, green chemistry can be achieved through process intensification and digitalization.


In SynHydro3, a compatible platform technology for hydrogen-driven biocatalysis is developed, which can be easily integrated into the existing bioreactor structure.



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


This project aims to demonstrate a possible solution en route to a biobased economy, as expected by the German Sustainability Strategy or the National Research Strategy Bioeconomy 2030.


Lubricants used in the manufacturing industry are still mainly produced petrochemically from fossil resources.

Further projects



DiMeFu (more info only in German)