Biobased Products and Fuels

"Bioeconomics is a central building block for a sustainable, climate-neutral circular-flow economy. Our contribution to this includes the research and development of innovative and competitive technologies for bio-based products and fuels."

Dr. Franziska Müller-Langer, Head of the research focus area


Research into biorefineries focuses on the complete use of the biomass used and the production of high-quality products and intermediates from all components. Biofuels, food and feed, intermediates or other substances are already produced in biorefineries as by-products. In addition, the gradual further development of biorefineries offers great potential for the targeted use of limited biomass in areas where renewable electricity can only provide very expensive solutions.  Corresponding technical advancements and innovations are indispensable for this.


Against this background, the biorefineries department is focusing its research on biobased products and fuels. The overriding goals are:

a.       Development and application of bioenergy sources for transport and industry
b.       Development of innovative and competitive biobased processes and products 
c.       Development of biorefinery concepts as part of closed material cycles 

Flyer Biorefinery technical centre

The flyer on the biorefinery technical centre combines the most important processes (hydrothermal processes, gasification, gas purification, syntheses, fractionation processes) and the existing technical capacities.

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Important reference projects (Selection)

  • Pilot-SBG: Forschungs- und Demonstrationsvorhaben | Bioressourcen und Wasserstoff zu Methan als Kraftstoff – Konzeptionierung und Realisierung einer Anlage im Pilotmaßstab, Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur
  • DEMO-SPK: Forschungs- und Demonstrationsvorhaben | Einsatz von erneuerbarem Kerosin am Flughafen Leipzig/Halle, Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur
  • HTC-liq – Entwicklung eines hocheffizienten Kaskadenprozesses zur Aufbereitung von Prozesswässern aus hydrothermalen Prozessen, insbes. der hydrothermalen Carbonisierung mit Gewinnung von org. Säuren, anschließender energetischer Nutzung und Prozesswasserreinigung, Sächsische Aufbaubank
  • Fermenthen – Alkenproduktion aus Biogas zur Nutzung von Überschussstrom, Sächsische Aufbaubank
  • Demonstrationsvorhaben KomBiChemPro, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Important publications (Selection)

  • Naumann, K.; Schröder, J.; Müller-Langer, F.; Oehmichen, K.; Remmele, E.; Thuneke, K.; Etzold, H.; Raksha, T.; Schmidt, P. (2019). Monitoring Biokraftstoffsektor. 4. Aufl. (DBFZ-Report, 11). Leipzig: DBFZ. ISBN: 978-3-946629-36-8.
  • Nitzsche, R.; Gröngröft, A.; Kraume, M. (2019). "Separation of lignin from beech wood hydrolysate using polymeric resins and zeolites: Determination and application of adsorption isotherms". Separation and Purification Technology (ISSN: 1383-5866), Vol. 209. S. 491–502. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2018.07.077.
  • Zech, K.; Schneider, U. A. (2019). "Technical biofuel production and GHG mitigation potentials through healthy diets in the EU". Agricultural Systems (ISSN: 0308-521X), H. 168. S. 27–35. DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2018.10.004.
  • Zech, K.; Schneider, U. A. (2019). "Carbon leakage and limited efficiency of greenhouse gas taxes on food products". Journal of Cleaner Production (ISSN: 0959-6526), H. 213. S. 99–103. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.12.139.
  • Kröger, M.; Klemm, M.; Nelles, M. (2019). "Extraction Behavior of Different Conditioned S. Rubescens". Energies (ISSN: 1996-1073), Vol. 12, H. 7. DOI: 10.3390/en12071336.


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