Next Generation Biofilm — Interdisciplinary research network for the development of emerser photobioreactors
Current Project: PHOTOPROMA
Protein-based hybrid materials and active ingredients from microalgae through emers photofermentation and biorefining
How and where will food and renewable resources be produced for projected 10 billion people in 2050? How can we avoid the plate-tank-trough problem?
And how do future agricultural land and cities look like?
New innovations and solutions to these challenges are developed by an interdisciplinary team in differently funded research projects (EFRE, FMER, DFG, Ministry of Science RLP, industry partners, ZIM).
An interdisciplinary team in the BMBF-funded joint research project "Next Generation Biofilm — the Rose of Jericho of Biotechnology" is developing innovations by finding solutions to these challenges. The researchers of the Universities of Applied Sciences in Kaiserslautern, Trier, Augsburg and of the Technical University Kaiserslautern are geared towards the development of new production techniques and processes in the ecology and physiology of terrestrial microorganisms that do not live in water, but on land. For this purpose, a completely new platform technology is being developed which uses energy- and resource-efficient process technologies and implements a specific emerse, i.e. air-guided, production environment for terrestrial microorganisms. Currently, terrestrial microalgae are used as test organisms, which produce active ingredients and food supplements as well as food supplements in an emerse photobioreactor (ePBR). Further processes refine and functionalize the valuable materials, for example, into protein-polymer hybrid materials with new properties.
First steps toward an energy-neutral algae bioreactor:
EFRE program for 2014-2020 (P1-SZ1-2)
(2018 – 2021: FKZ 84003265)
MWWK RLP: Research College NeurodegX
(2019 – 2022)
(2019 – 2021)
MWWK RLP: Research College iprocess
(2018 – 2021)
Interdisciplinary BMBF joint projects
(2017 – 2018: FKZ 031B0433 & 031B0435)
(2014 – 2018: FKZ 031B0068)
Proof-of-concept: industry-oriented prototype
Drought-tolerant and process-stable biofilms
Efficient & emersed platform technology (ePBR)
Production of renewable biopolymers, colorants & fine chemicals:
— Food & cosmetics industry
— Fluoreszenzfarbstoff in biomedizinischer Forschung
— Fluorescent dyes for biomedical research
— Hybrid materials for plastics, adhesives and composites