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Bioplastics from food waste – Alternatives to conventional polymers

Together with a team from the Department of Bioprocess Engineering at TU Berlin our colleague and doctoral student Thomas Schiewe is investigating alternatives to conventional polymers. For the development of fully biodegradable plastics, the researchers wanted to avoid foods, such as corn or sugar cane, and came across waste fats. These are found in agricultural waste streams, the catering industry, or in the processing of food residues. To monitor the bacterial polymerization process in real time, the researchers use photon density wave (PDW) spectroscopy developed by innoFSPEC Potsdam. This enables them to optimize the harvesting of the bioplastics and increase the product yield.

Read more here.


Bioplastics II

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innoFSPEC @ Potsdam Science Park "Research Guide"

Located in Potsdam-Golm innoFSPEC is part of the Potsdam Science Park - The largest and fastest growing location for research and innovation in the Federal State of Brandenburg. More than 12,500 people conduct research, work and study here in the fields of biotechnology, medical technology, optics, geosciences, astro and gravitational physics, and other areas. Leading research institutions and a continually growing number of companies and startups are jointly creating a campus of the future.

In order to give an overview to the scientific diversity in the Science Park, the Science Park Management has finally published the brand new Reaserach Guide. With the help of a location map and lots of relevant facts and information, now visitors and cooperation partner can easily find their way around the campus - and to innoFSPEC. 

We are very happy to be part of the guide! You will find us on page 45. 



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The Innovation Platform ISSUE 3

Restaffing in innoFSPEC centre management

From July 1, our colleague Dr. Christian Peest – an astrophysicist turned physical chemist – will take over the position of innoFSPEC scientific coordinator and center manager. He will continue with ongoing projects, giving them his own signature, and start new activities, particularly in the context of the strategy concept “innoFSPEC 21+”.

We look forward to further innovative and exciting work with him.


For questions and concerns, please contact him.