Institute of Applied Biology

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The Institute of Applied Biology (IANB) at HFU contributes to the further development of the bioeconomy as well as industrial and medical biotechnology with its research. Its members conduct research and development at the center of the fields of action Health and Sustainability, Climate Protection and Energy of the Federal Government's High-Tech Strategy 2025 as well as the strategic research priorities Health and Bioeconomy of the State of Baden-Württemberg.

In addition, the Institute of Applied Biology at HFU has set itself the goal of providing new impetus for the closer integration of research and teaching at HFU.


Main focus of work

  • Molecular biological methods in environmental technology and medicine
  • Bioprocess technology
  • Experiment design
  • Biological cybernetics, modeling and process automation
  • Downstream processing / protein purification, biocatalysis
  • Combinatorial chemistry
  • Environmental and sustainable bioprocess technology

Research projects

Completed research projects

prot P.S.I.

The research project investigates the modulation of protein reactivity and thermodynamics by pressure.
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The project develops new generic Adaptive Non-linear Model Predictive Controllers (NMPC) for the development of dynamic bioeconomic processes.
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mDoE Toolbox-2

The project develops and optimises new design-of-experiments (DoE) software methods for model-based optimisation of biotechnological processes.
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Biogas Digital Twin

The project deals with the development of a knowledge-based, innovative Biogas Digital Twin to exploit the full potential of biogas processes.
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Institute management

  •  Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker C. Hass
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker C. Hass