Biorefinery and Biofuels

A department in the field of processes

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We develop, integrate and optimize production methods of biofuels and bio-based chemicals of the second generation, which do not compete with food. Our process input consist of sustainable raw materials, residues and residue-based materials of different purity such as wood, straw, sugars, fats, oils, algae, alcohols, acids, and ketones.

As experts in all aspects of biorefinery and biofuels, our range of services extends from basic research to initial process engineering designs and cost estimates. This is based on our broad knowledge in the field of catalytic syntheses for fuels and chemical products from renewable raw materials.

Chemicals and formulations

From sustainably (fermentative) produced, bio-based raw materials and residues (among others: oils, fats, alcohols, sugars, celluloses, algae) we are producing via catalytic processes chemicals and fuels that can replace, in the short to medium-term, products that are produced in a non-sustainable manner. We use automated laboratory equipment (mini-plants) to develop processes, which can be operated even at high temperatures and pressures. We carry out analyses and application testing of products and provide a basic design for processes that can be integrated in a centralized or decentralized fashion in the chemical industry.

We also refine basic and specialty chemicals through chemical modification and formulation and expand their material basis. The resulting products are primarily used for applications in the customer care sector for cosmetics, in medicine, in households, and within the textiles sector. Our developments are based on a broad spectrum of chemical and physicochemical analytical methods, e.g. to characterize fats and oils and the formulations produced from them.

Thermochemical Conversion and Hydrocarbons

Vegetable oils, bio-based old fats and algae lipids represent both chemically and energetically valuable substance mixtures. We convert them, inter alia through catalytic processes, into fuel components and chemical raw materials. Before the catalytic step we separate the interfering substances out and hence can even employ low-grade residues profitably.

Solid biomasses, mainly residues and waste products from agriculture and forestry are transformed into liquid and gaseous intermediate products which find their way into classic refinery processes as regenerative carbon sources or are used in decentralized CHPs using the thermal processes of pyrolysis and gasification.

Information material of the department Biorefinery and Biofuels

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Lupin protein care foam

An example of a high oil content delivery system for application on skin

Analysis and testing

Surfactant and formulation analysis with Fraunhofer

Sustainable energy and raw materials

Green surfactants and intermediates from non-petrochmical sources

Reference projects of the department Biorefinery and Biofuels


Bioethanol 2.0

Bio-based plasticizers

Production of higher alcohols based on completely bio-based starting materials and their use to synthesize non-hazardous plasticizers.



Fuels from industrial waste gases

New ways to recycle carbon-containing waste gases from industry for the production of fuels and specialty chemicals.



Bio-based surfactants

Fully bio-based surfactants for the production of detergents and cleaners - cost-effective and sustainable, without competition for food production.



Bio-based, sprayable multifunctional oils

Petroleum-based multifunctional oils are widely used. The newly developed MultiBioSpray offers a bio-based alternative with equivalent product properties.