Welcome to Fraunhofer CBP

In view of the finite nature of fossil resources, the growing demand for resources and climate change, the use of renewable raw materials has acquired great significance. The Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna focuses on the combination of biotechnological processes with chemical processes, and with its pilot scale technical equipment it closes the gap between the laboratory and industrial implementation.

By providing the infrastructure and technical facilities as well as a staff of highly qualified experts, it enables partners from research and industry to develop and scale up processes for the utilization of renewable and petrochemical raw materials to production-relevant dimensions, and also to accelerate process developments. Focus is laid on the use of vegetable oils, the disintegration of lignocelluloses and the production of technical enzymes.

Fraunhofer CBP is a branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart.

Range of services

Process engineering and scale-up – From raw materials to products



New project


Thermal solvolysis of lignin in dimethyl carbonate into bio-based aromatic compounds


New project


Sustainability for cosmetics and perfumery: We want to convert the lauric acid found in maggot fat into a high-quality fragrance.



Press release | 25. May 2023

Like-a-Pro now member of Horizon4Proteins

Proud to announce that Horizon4Proteins is growing, a collaboration by EU-funded projects working on alternative proteins.


EthaNa® plant officially opened | May 3, 2023

Rapeseed makes more than just oil – it’s a source of proteins too

and of secondary plant substances and rapeseed hulls as well

Voices from Fraunhofer CBP in the anniversary year


»70 Jahre, 70 Stimmen« / 18.12.2023

Biotechnology in a
changing world

Dr. Kubik wants to render chemistry-related industries environment-friendly by implementing biotechnological approaches.


»70 years, 70 voices« / 17.8.2023

Valued cooperation

Dr. Holger Wondraczek talks about the benefits of his collaboration with CBP in researching a new opportunity to develop better solutions for his company.


»70 years, 70 voices« / 15.8.2023

Fraunhofer pioneering work continued at UPM

Dr. Leschinsky worked for our branch in Leuna, Fraunhofer CBP, for nine years.


»70 years, 70 voices«

Bioeconomy pioneer

Dr. Gerd Unkelbach is proud that he was able to help initiate and establish Fraunhofer CBP as well as the strategic orientation of the institute.


»70 years, 70 voices«

To industrial applications

Dr. Jeannette Hollien from B+B Engineering GmbH gives insight into the successful collaboration with the CBP in the EthaNa project.

Always up to date




We offer a quarterly newsletter for our partners, customers and all interested parties with current research topics, news and event notes.


More info

Our anniversary year “70 years, 70 voices“

We look forward to celebratory events and inspiring voices from employees, former institute directors, and companions and partners from the worlds of research, politics and business.

Virtual tour of the Fraunhofer CBP

360° virtual tour: discover our plants and facilities online

Annual Report 2022/23

Fraunhofer IGB Annual Report with numerous projects and results from IGB and CBP research.

Events and Trade Fairs

Meet us at international fairs and visit our events.