The IfBB – Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites was established in 2011 with the support of the Hochschule Hannover – University of Applied Sciences and Arts, as an autonomous institute within the university, following several years of increasing research activities. It is affiliated with Faculty II, Mechanical and Bioprocess Engineering, of the Hochschule Hannover.
The purpose of the IfBB is to respond to the growing demand for complex information related to the field of bioplastics and biocomposites, a demand which had been anticipated in view of the rising number of research activities, issues and projects even long before its official start.
From the onset, the IfBB has been increasingly involved in industry projects and by now is widely acknowledged as an expert institution and resource center for bioplastics on a national as well as international level. While this development has a positive impact on the market position of bioplastics, the particular practice-oriented approach of the IfBB is also an asset in engineering education. This means that the IfBB is not only concerned to engage in science and research, but also to provide professional training to students and to enhance their education.
Areas of research
IfBB research activities mainly focus on the development, processing and industrial usage of bioplastics and biocomposites. This includes thermoplastic as well as duroplastic biocomposites. Research in this area aims to develop innovative materials for specific applications and to refine the engineering process for these materials. Another essential activity is to characterize the current range of commercially available bio-based engineering materials, give a detailed description of the bioplastics market, and make these data available in corresponding databases free of charge to the interested user.
Partnering with the industry
The IfBB maintain close ties with various industry partners, university and non-university research institutions. Intensive collaborative research is conducted along the entire process chain:
- ranging from the composition of materials
- via machine manufacturer
- up to industrial usage and applications of bioplastics, process and product optimization and users