Green Chemistry &(Bio)Process Engineering
a Key to Sustainable Development

Education, Environment, Energy, Equity, and Economics

We develop, validate, scale-up and transfer new green and sustainable processes for the extraction of bioactive compounds and fractionation of biochemical building blocks to achieve better and environmentally  friendly products produced and tested at our premises. 

We combine "Applied Industrial Research" with "Academia outstanding People and Facilities".

Key areas of expertise

Lines of investigation carried out 

• Degradation of recalcitrant compounds

• Advanced Oxidation Processes

• Materials multiscale modeling

• Microplastics and emergent pollutant treatment

• Nanocellulose to reinforce biopolymers

Answers to societal challenges

Energy generation and storage, the development of new materials, or the strive for more sustainability in process and product design - none of these challenges can be resolved without the active participation of chemical processing and biotechnology. From the optimization and integration of unit operations that rely on progress in separation technology, a deep understanding of heat and mass transfer, the handling of multiphase systems or new developments in membrane engineering, to plant design, process system engineering and chemical reaction engineering, chemical and process engineering are working to provide the technology and material platforms our industrial landscape is founded on.

Increasing integration of chemical engineering and biotechnology

Driven not least by the shift towards renewable resources, chemical and biotechnological process steps are increasingly going hand in hand.
Integrated process design covers everything from the development of new production systems by synthetic biology to strain optimization, reactor design, process intensification and the downstream processing of bioproducts.

This group brings chemical engineers and biotechnologists together to discuss how to combine the best of both worlds in efficient and sustainable processes.