Biotechnology is rapidly becoming more important for our everyday life as an increasing share of drugs, fine chemicals and even energy sources such as biogas or ethanol is produced at by means of biotechnological processes. Modern industrial biotechnology has very high demands on the technical processes for producing these products. Bioprocess engineering (also called biochemical engineering) is generally the application of engineering principles to the development, optimization and operation of manufacturing processes on the basis of biological components (enzymes or whole cells).
The staff of the Institute of Bioprocess Engineering and Pharmaceutical Technology - IBPT – at the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen (THM) is dealing mainly with the development of processes for the biotechnological production of raw materials, the development of process analytical technologies (PAT) and process automation for fermentation and biocatalytic processes.
As part of these research and development projects the team is working on basic research and issues concerning kinetics, transport processes and analytical technology with the aim to develop valid bioprocesses.
Prof. Czermak’s group has extensive know-how in the field of bioprocesses, both academically and in the industrial implementation and has extensive laboratory facilities in biochemical engineering, membrane technology and cell culture technology.