A total of four research areas of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum are now networking their applied research activities under the umbrella of SolarBioproducts Ruhr. The Herne network serves as an additional platform to promote the transfer of knowledge and technology between research and industry. This is intended to strengthen the innovative ability and international visibility of the entire Ruhr Metropolis region in the field of biotechnology.

In addition to the founder of SolarBioproducts Ruhr, Prof. Dr. Thomas Happe, who is responsible for the field of photobiotechnology, there are now three other equal partners with different scientific focuses. These are Privatdozentin Dr. Anja Hemschemeier (Biotechnological use of microalgae), Prof. Dr. Marc Nowaczyk (Molecular mechanisms of photosynthesis) and Prof. Dr. Dirk Tischler (Microbial biotechnology).

This merger will enable a stronger interdisciplinary cooperation of excellent biotechnological research. The work focuses on proteins, microorganisms and algae as “little heroes” of the bio-economy. For the development of a sustainable, bio-based economy, innovations and technological advances must be developed and transferred into practice. The combination of chemical, enzymatic and microbial conversion steps for the synthesis of chemicals and energy sources is essential for the development of biofuel cells, biotransformations and other future-oriented technologies. The conception and work of this cooperative alliance is intended to lay the foundation for a biotechnological competence center for futurology in Herne.

Research members of SolarBioproducts Ruhr (from left to right): Projektleiterin Dr. Christina Marx, Privatdozentin Dr. Anja Hemschemeier, Prof. Dr. Thomas Happe, Prof. Dr. Marc Nowaczyk and Prof. Dr. Dirk Tischler. © SBP, 2020