TU Munich — Chair of Chemistry of Biogenic Resources
Today’s chemical production is almost exclusively based on crude oil and natural gas as raw materials. In the course of a more sustainable economy, it is essential to increasingly produce basic chemicals from renewable raw materials, i.e., from biomass, thus creating the basis for a new “green” chemistry. The aim of the work at the Chair is to develop technical processes that allow established basic materials for chemical production and fine chemicals to be produced efficiently and thus economically from biomass, as well as to establish new relevant substances that can be obtained from renewable raw materials.
The focus of the work at the Chair of Chemistry of Biogenic Resources is on white biotechnology. For this purpose, new enzymes, cells or microorganisms (“biocatalysts”) are developed using microbiological, molecular biological and biochemical methods. Biocatalysts make it possible to run chemical processes with higher yields while using less energy.