Welcome to Fraunhofer CBP

In view of the finite nature of fossil resources, the growing demand for resources and climate change, the use of renewable raw materials has acquired great significance. The Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna focuses on the combination of biotechnological processes with chemical processes, and with its pilot scale technical equipment it closes the gap between the laboratory and industrial implementation.

By providing the infrastructure and technical facilities as well as a staff of highly qualified experts, it enables partners from research and industry to develop and scale up processes for the utilization of renewable and petrochemical raw materials to production-relevant dimensions, and also to accelerate process developments. Focus is laid on the use of vegetable oils, the disintegration of lignocelluloses and the production of technical enzymes.

Fraunhofer CBP is a branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart.

Range of services

Process engineering and scale-up – From raw materials to products



Press release | 25. May 2023

Horizon4Proteins is growing!

The recently funded European projects LIKE-A-PRO and GIANT LEAPS are proud to announce that they have become members of Horizon4Proteins, a collaboration launched in 2021 by four EU-funded projects working on alternative proteins (NextGenProteins, ProFuture, Smart Protein and SUSINCHAIN).


70 years, 70 voices

Bioeconomy pioneer

Dr. Gerd Unkelbach is proud that he was able to help initiate and establish Fraunhofer CBP as well as the strategic orientation of the institute.


EthaNa® plant officially opened | May 3, 2023

Rapeseed makes more than just oil – it’s a source of proteins too

In addition to canola oil, the oilseed biorefinery supplies a high-protein canola seed concentrate, secondary plant compounds and canola hulls.


70 years, 70 voices

To industrial applications

On May 3, 2023, the EthaNa® pilot plant in Leuna will be inaugurated. Dr. Jeannette Hollien from B+B Engineering GmbH gives a brief insight into the successful collaboration with CBP.


Anniversary year 2023

The Fraunhofer IGB celebrates its 70th anniversary, the CBP celebrates its 10th anniversary


Always up to date




We offer a quarterly newsletter for our partners, customers and all interested parties with current research topics, news and event notes.


More info

Our anniversary year “70 years, 70 voices“

We look forward to celebratory events and inspiring voices from employees, former institute directors, and companions and partners from the worlds of research, politics and business.

Virtual tour of the Fraunhofer CBP

360° virtual tour: discover our plants and facilities online

Annual Report 2021/22

Fraunhofer IGB Annual Report with numerous projects and results from IGB and CBP research.

Events and Trade Fairs

Meet us at international fairs and visit our events.