Welcome to the homepage of the Institute of Technical Biocatalysis at the Hamburg University of Technology, founded 1986 by Prof. Dr. Volker Kasche.
This homepage will inform you on our activities regarding research and education. We would like to give you an insight into the impressive world of biocatalysis, which becomes increasingly important as a tool for chemical synthesis. Biocatalysts characteristically show a high selectivity while they operate under mild process conditions and don’t necessarily require problematic solvents. These qualities make them very valuable for a sustainable synthesis of various products, helping to achieve a “green” future.
Our main research field covers technical and fundamental aspects of the application of whole cells and isolated enzymes in biocatalysis and environmental biotechnology. The research involves bioprocess development, non-conventional biotransformations, online reaction analysis, microreaction engineering as well as biodegradation. Process engineers, biotechnologists, chemists and microbiologists interact in a unique interdisciplinary way in our laboratories that provide state-of-the-art equipment for research and education. Our institute is involved in different B. Sc. and M. Sc. programs and takes care of BTA and CTA applicants.
You are invited to take a look at our research activities and to learn more about the enormous potential of biocatalytic processes.