Environment and Resources

Kompetenz Umwelt und Ressourcennutzung
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We are rethinking water and wastewater treatment - wastewater is both a residual material and a resource: it can supply entire greenhouses with its nutrients and be reused in production processes for months to years. Water is existential, should be available everywhere in sufficient quantities, and should remain free of trace substances and microplastics.

In addition to the classic solution approaches, we use light as a variant-rich tool both for increasing the efficiency of wastewater technology materials such as membranes and for new high-performance food production systems. Fraunhofer UMSICHT is one of the pioneers in Germany for building-integrated food production. In line with this diversity of topics, our team has an interdisciplinary structure. Our competencies cover process, water and wastewater technology as well as plant cultivation and microstructuring and optical technologies.


Light – Structuring and Effects

Under the umbrella term "light as a raw material", methods and processes are being developed in a laser and LED laboratory that use light as a tool in wide areas of production - for example, for laser processes in material structuring, exposure systems in plant production or for the decontamination of (waste) water.


Water and Adsorption Technologies

We develop treatment processes for liquid media. The focus is on advanced processes for water and wastewater technology with a focus on decontamination (e.g. trace substances, microplastics), process- and building-integrated recycling and recovery of recyclables. In addition, we work on fact-based discussion around the topic of microplastics and identify hotspots for tire abrasion in water bodies.



Decreasing yields in conventional vegetable cultivation as well as ever decreasing cultivation areas and the consequences of climate change are steadily increasing the demand for plant production systems (greenhouses, indoor farms) worldwide. Among other things, we use the flexibility of urban material flows and develop new solutions, processes and products for indoor cultivation systems. The inFARMING®  concept forms the basis for this.

Information material of the department Environment and Resources

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nANO meets ...

Nanotechnologies for water treatment



Sustainable approaches for urban hoticulture production

Building untegrated system solutions



Development and optimization of tailor made separation processes



Ultrashortpulsed laser for surface microstructuring


To new materials with our SLS Test-Rig

Flexible and efficient to the new material. Time and cost saving material development with our SLS test rig.

Reference projects of the department Environment and Resources



Medical aids in the 3D printer

Individually adapted medical aids for rheumatism patients. Designed by sufferers, manufactured decentrally using state-of-the-art digital production processes.



Tire and road wear
particles in Germany

The spread of tire and road wear particles in Germany is being investigated, modeled and presented based on extensive mobility, geo and weather data.



Filters for textile

The development of a filter module for washing machines is intended to reduce microplastic emissions from textiles during washing in order to protect the environment. During development, bio-based materials and biological models will particularly be taken into account.



Identification and
quantification of plastic films used in agriculture

Method development for the identification and quantification of microplastics and agricultural plastics in soils and their effect on soil ecosystems, with focus on mulch films.




Building-integrated agriculture in urban areas: inFARMING® links production systems and building infrastructures so that resource and energy flows can be used sustainably for growing food.


Vertical greening

Vertical greening in urban areas

Vertical greening with positive influence on urban climate and excellent noise protection properties: Novel mineral-based system can be used flexibly thanks to modular design.