From the lecture hall to industry – TUHH students visit Evonik and BASF

A group of students from the TUHH Master Program in Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering visited the chemical companies Evonik and BASF.

Since 2020, a joint course in Industrial Bioprocesses in Practice is held at the TUHH by Dr. Wilfried Blümke (Evonik) and Dr. Stephan Freyer (BASF). This year, for the first time, the course took place in three different locations: Evonik Künsebeck, Evonik Marl and BASF Ludwigshafen.

Group of TUHH master students with Dr. Wilfried Blümke (Evonik) and Dr. Stephan Freyer (BASF)

During five days, the students gained insight into bioprocess development and production in the field of Industrial Biotechnology. Under the guidance of the two representatives of Evonik and BASF, the participants learned through lectures and visits to the pilot and production plants, how to industrially produce different products of high relevance such as enzymes, amino acids or polymers, used in several applications such as feed and food, detergents, materials, etc. In addition, the students had the opportunity to meet several employees from both companies such as lab managers, bioprocess engineers, plant managers or human resources experts.

The event, organized by the TUHH professor Andreas Liese from the Institute of Technical Biocatalysis, ended with the group presentations of the students, who designed industrial production processes for different products.

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. Evonik a worldwide leading company in special chemistry offers products and solutions for several markets such as agriculture, food, feed and beverages or personal care, among many others.

Visit to Evonik Marl (top) and BASF Ludwigshafen (bottom)