Biochemical Engineering

The working group “Biochemical Engineering“ focuses on the biotechnological production of fine and bulk chemicals as well as biopharmaceuticals by means of enzymes, prokaryotic or eukaryotic cells. It perceives itself as a platform for the optimization and new development of biotechnological production processes.

The topics comprise the whole spectrum of modern biochemical engineering:

  • from genes to products
  • from μL to production scale
  • from upstream to downstream
  • from the idea to industrial implementation

It methodologically seizes the approach of a deepened holistic system understanding in order to efficiently optimize reaction and process conditions. New technical developments in biosensor and bioanalysis as well as apparatus and plant engineering complete the topic areas. All issues have the one engineering approach in common, i.e. the quantitative, often model based analysis and evaluation of the results.

The working group consists of equal numbers of members from academia and industry. Therefore, it constitutes the ideal forum to especially address this interface and to be available as an important and recognisable contact in society. It is the voice of biotechnological research, development and production for the German-speaking region and catalyses relevant discussion.

The annual international “Himmelfahrtstagung” is the most visible and important event of the expert group. Current issues of overall relevance for biochemical engineering are discussed within the scope of this lecture and discussion meeting.


Publications of the Working Group

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Weiße Biotechnologie - die Erfolgsgeschichte geht weiter
  November 2004
Positionspapier: Weiße Biotechnologie - Chancen für Deutschland


Board of the Working Group

Dr. Wilfried Blümke (Chair)
Evonik Industries AG, Hanau

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Ralf Takors (Chair)
Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. Thomas Bayer
InfraServ GmbH & Co. Hoechst KG, Frankfurt

Dr. Carsten Bornhövd
Wacker Chemie AG, München

Dr.-Ing. Helmut Brod
Bayer Technology Services GmbH, Leverkusen

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jochen Büchs
RWTH Aachen

Prof. Dr. Kathrin Castiglione
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Prof. Dr. Dieter Eibl
Züricher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, Wädenswil, Schweiz

Dr. Detlef Eisenkrätzer
Roche Diagnostics GmbH, Penzberg

Dr. Stephan Freyer
BASF SE, Ludwigshafen

Dr.-Ing. Markus Fritsch
EW Biotech GmbH, Leuna

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Holtmann
Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen, Gießen

Dr.-Ing. Ralf Hortsch
Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH, Straubing

Dr. Gernot Jäger
Covestro AG, Leverkusen

Dr. Burghard König
Koenig & Funk Biotech GmbH, Berlin

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Liese
TU Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Peter Neubauer
TU Berlin

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marco Oldiges
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Dr. Jochen Schaub
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH, & Co. KG, Biberach

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Antje C. Spieß
TU Braunschweig

Prof. Dr. Roland Ulber
TU Kaiserslautern

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Walther
TU Dresden

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Weuster-Botz
TU München, Garching

Prof. Dr. An-Ping Zeng
TU Hamburg


Dr. Wilfried Blümke
Evonik Industries AG
DG-TE-VT-BB, Postcode 1024-319
Rodenbacher Chaussee 4
63457 Hanau
Tel.:    06181/59 4532

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Ralf Takors
Universität Stuttgart
Institut für Bioverfahrenstechnik
Allmandring 31
70569 Stuttgart
Tel.:    0711/685 64535

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Caroline von Wulffen
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