Institute of Functional Interfaces

Department Bioprocess Engineering and Biosystems

Interfaces as the scene of sorption processes, biochemical reactions and biological interactions

 

 

The work of the Department of Bioprocess Engineering and Biosystems comprises the development, modelling and application of novel apparatus and methods for the optimised use of technical interfaces in the fields of biotechnology, bioprocess engineering and general process engineering. In addition, the behaviour and interaction of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells in natural and technically modified environments are investigated in order to initiate specific manipulation strategies.

The starting point for work in the field of bioprocess engineering is often the development of novel, functional hybrid materials that combine innovative physicochemical effects with a high specificity for the respective target substances. In addition, the development of a next generation of biotechnological processes is another focus. Magnetic micro- and nanoparticles are an intensively studied example of this, as they have large specific surfaces and can be easily separated. Furthermore, microstructured/microfluidic systems are being investigated in which, for example, cellular processes such as enzyme cascades ("biomimetic compartments") can be simulated. In many cases, new 3D printing processes ("BioPrinting") or their development form the basis for the technologies described.

In the area of biosystems, on the one hand, the interactions of biomaterials with hematopoetic stem cells are specifically investigated, and on the other hand novel 3D cell culture systems based on microthermoformed polymers are developed for use as artificial (hematopoetic) stem cell niches. Microthermoformed polymer foils, so-called microcavity arrays, are also the basis of MRI-compatible microbioreactors, which are used as functional MRI phantoms.

 

 

AG Bioprozesstechnik und Biosysteme KIT/IFG
Process development Printed systems Simulation

Sorption/extraction process (biotic/abiotic) Magnetic separation, printed mesofluidic reactors, Modeling

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AG Prozess und Sensortechnik KIT/IFG
Process and sensor technology, 3D Print

Design & Construction, CAD & Additive Manufacturing, Automation & Programming, Particle analysis technology, sensor system technology

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AG Druckverfahren in der Biotechnologie
Printing processes in biotechnology

Development and characterization of biotints, High throughput process development, Cell printing

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AG Analytische Biochemie KIT/IFG
Analytical Biochemistry

Bio Organic Mass Spectrometry, Biomimetic compartmentalization, cellular processes, Water Resources Management

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AG 3D-Zellkultursysteme KIT/IFG
3D cell culture systems

Development of artificial stem cell niches on the basis of polymer microcavity arrays, Microbioreactors for organotypic tissue cultures, Influencing cell behaviour by nanoporous materials

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AG Neuroelectronic Materials KIT/IFG
Neuroelectronic Materials

Neurotechnology and neural communication, Multiferroic Materials, Nanotechnology and biomaterials

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AG Chemische Biologie
Chemical Biology

Bio inks for 3D printing, 3D tissue reconstruction, Organ-specific drug transport

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