A total of four research departments at Ruhr-Universität Bochum are networking their applied research activities under the umbrella of SolarBioproducts Ruhr. The Herne network serves as an additional platform to promote knowledge and technology transfer between research and industry. This is intended to strengthen the innovative capacity and international visibility of the entire Metropole Ruhr 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 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).