Focus on research

Dr.-Ing. Wilhelm Althaus | Business Development Energy

Wilhelm Althaus

A look at the Business Unit Energy



The energy market is undergoing a far-reaching and accelerating turnaround on a scale never seen before. Energy sources, generation technologies and structures, distribution/logistics technologies and structures, end-consumer technologies are changing with great dynamism.“


Dipl.-Ing. Volkmar Keuter | Head of Department Photonics and Environment

Volkmar Keuter

A look at the project BioökonomieREVIER Rheinland

Medicinal and aromatic plants offer interesting options in the structural change of the Rhenish mining area: Diversification through new products and increasing the added value of agricultural production are an important goal of the BioökonomieREVIER approach.

Interview with Volkmar Keuter

Jochen Nühlen | Business Development Polymer Materials

Jochen Nühlen
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A look at the Business Unit Polymer Materials

The market for polymer materials is above all diverse. Versatile especially in terms of the widespread, ubiquitous applications and the associated requirements from the associated industries. Versatile also in terms of the challenges facing this market. In recent years in particular, plastics and their applications have become the focus of social and thus political attention in the wake of global drivers such as resource, climate and environmental protection.

Interview with Jochen Nühlen

Julia Krayer | Research Assistant in the Department Sustainability and Participation

Julia Krayer

A look at the project FungiFacturing

We want to develop a bio-based alternative to conventional materials for the production of sound absorbers such as polyester foams or composites based on mineral fibres. To this end, we have compared different types of fungi with regard to their applicability for the project benefit and have carried out investigations on substrate content and composition.

Interview with Julia Krayer

Dr. Holger Wack | Deputy Head of Department Product Development

Holger Wack

A look at biogenic sulphuric acid corrosion

Biogenic sulphuric acid corrosion attacks mortar, concrete, but also plastics or metallic materials. A colonisation with microorganisms (biofilm) can cause sulphuric acid. This then leads to a combined chemical-biological attack, the so-called biogenic sulphuric acid corrosion.


Interview with Holger Wack

Dipl.-Ing. Jürgen Bertling | Business Development Environment

Jürgen Bertling
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A look at the Business Unit Environment

The most important environmental issue – apart from climate change and energy system transformation, which I currently see for UMSICHT concerns the implementation of a circular economy.

Interview with Jürgen Bertling