Our Mission: White Biotechnology


IBG-1 – an interdisciplinary team

Biologists, biochemists, chemists, computer scientists, physicists, and engineers form an interdisciplinary team with a common aim: the use of microorganisms or isolated enzymes for the synthesis of bio-products from renewable carbon sources.


Exploiting the natural capabilities of microorganisms

For thousands of years mankind has employed the metabolism of microorganisms, e.g. for the making of bread, cheese, wine, or beer. However, the enormous potential of microorganisms and enzymes for the synthesis of new bio-products, such as basic or fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals and proteins, from renewables is still not exploited to a large extent.


Sustainable products and processes

Research at IBG-1 aims at a detailed molecular understanding of microorganisms and enzymes which are used as biocatalysts and includes approaches of systems biology and synthetic biology. The resulting knowledge and technologies are used for the development of novel resource-efficient and sustainable bio-processes, thereby reducing our dependency on fossil carbon sources, in particular crude oil.

Announcement of the Christian Wandrey price 2022

for an excellent diploma or master thesis in the field of white biotechnology or a closely related field.
Deadline is June 30th 2022

call for submissions

Portrait of Prof. em. Dr. C. Wandrey


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VAAM Jahrestagung in Düsseldorf

Vom 21. bis zum 23. Februar 2022 fand an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (HHU) die Jahrestagung der deutschen Vereinigung für Allgemeine und Angewandte Mikrobiologie VAAM2022 statt. Rund 1.100 Forscherinnen und Forscher nahmen an der hybriden Veranstaltung teil. Inhaltliche Schwerpunkte waren unter anderem mikrobielle Netzwerke, Wirt-Pathogen-Interaktionen und Biotechnologie.“

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Prof. Nick Wierckx receives Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (ERC)

Replacing fossil chemicals by microbially produced sustainable counterparts has long been a goal of synthetic biology. So far, this has not been successful for hydrophobic aromatic hydrocarbons such as styrene or benzene, because they are too toxic for bacteria.