The search for more environmentally friendly industrial processes and products is strongly supported by the biotechnology, an interdisciplinary and innovation-oriented interdisciplinary science. In addition to the development of new, unusual biocatalysts also an innovative bioprocess engineering will become increasingly important in the future, which allows to achieve substantial increases in energy and resource efficiency through process optimization, such as process intensification by process integration (heat/mass transfer, reaction/separation).
Located at the interface between the engineering, molecular sciences and material sciences the FSP "Integrated Biotechnology and Process Engineering" has the unique feature to treat the entire process chain of biotechnological innovations from gene to complex process. The goal is the development of new industrial bioprocesses, enabling a better use of renewable raw materials for the production of bulk and fine chemicals and power generation. By coordinating two BMBF funded Clusters "BIOCATALYSIS2021 - Sustainable Biocatalysis Opening New Paths" and "BIOREFINERY2021 - Energy from Biomass" and the three DFG funded priority programs "Porous media with defined porous structure in Chemical Engineering – modeling, applications, synthesis", "Dynamic Simulation of Interconnected Solids Processes (DYNSIM-FP)" and "Reactive Bubbly Flows", and by taking part in the Hamburg Initiative for Excellence in Research, this research center already has several lighthouse projects. The aim is to implement other innovative projects in the field of process engineering to develop new environmentally friendly technologies.
The research center "Integrated Biotechnology and Process Engineering" is part of the research strategy of the Hamburg University of Technology, which has set itself the goal to bundle existing expertise at the University for new, interdisciplinary research projects. The FSP consists of 18 research groups of the Hamburg University of Technology, who mainly belong to the school of Process and chemical engineering, and brings together the research activities in the field of white biotechnology and process technology. Speaker of the research focus is Prof. A. Liese, Deputy Speaker is Prof. M. Schlüter. An advisory board made up of former professors at the TUHH is associated to the FSP.