BARK CLOTH_europe – success through saving resources
Ecological, economical and socially sustainable - all apply to a company called BARK CLOTH_europe, which in 2013 was one of 10 companies recognised as fabric innovators by the 'LAUNCH System Challenge: Fabric'. With its biomaterial made from the bark of the African Ficus tree, the company sells an innovative material that is produced using traditional methods.
© Peter Kroth, University of Konstanz
Production of synthetic polymers from algae oil
Algae are rich in valuable substances and can be grown easily, which makes them promising candidates for the sustainable production of raw materials. The work done by Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecking at the University of Konstanz in cooperation with plant physiologist Prof. Dr. Peter Kroth, confirms this. The two scientists have developed a method to transform algae oil into high-quality chemical raw materials which can, amongst other things, be used for the production of polymers. This opens up new possibilities for the use of algae as a substitute for crude oil.
Nina Denneler’s review of her stay in Nanjing
Nina Denneler spent six months in the Chinese province of Jiangsu, with funding from a special China scholarship from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts. The 24-year-old is a student in the Department of Technical Biology at the University of Stuttgart and was able to experience the atmosphere of a Chinese lab at the College of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Engineering as well as gain interesting insights about the country and its people.more
IraSME: 15th Call for proposals
Proposals for transnational cooperative research projects between SMEs and RTOs can be submitted to IraSME. The aim of the project should be to to realise new or improve existing products, processes or technical services. Participating countries/regions are: Austria, Belgium - Flanders, Wallonia, France - Nord-pas de Calais, Germany, Russia. Proposals can be submitted until September 26th, 2014.more