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Section of Biobased Resources

«Biochemicals, which are produced from renewable resources, are rapidly gaining importance in all areas of the chemical industry»

Dr. Thomas Pielhop, section leader

The bigger part of all globally used chemicals is currently being produced from fossil resources and not sourced sustainably. Fossil resources are limited and their use has direct impacts on CO2- and environmental cycles.

It is our aim to open up new routes for the production of biochemicals from renewable feedstocks. Therefore, we process plant-based feedstocks such as agricultural, forest and maritime biomass as well as their byproducts. We devise complete processes, in which the chemical and biotechnological production procedures («upstream») as well as the corresponding purification procedures («downstream») are being developed and aligned. The industrial experience of the research group allows for a target- and application-oriented research and development.

Research and competencies



Process development

Available Master’s Theses


The group and students in July 2023