InfraWerk - Constructing an infrastructure for the development of sustainable materials

The IfBB at Hanover University of Applied Sciences is developing new biopolymer materials in close collaboration with the Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET (Fraunhofer WKI) and offers a wide range of processing and testing methods in the field of bioplastics and hybrid (bio) fibre composite materials.  

With its ever increasing research activities, the IfBB is making a significant contribution for Hanover University of Applied Sciences to position itself as a research-intensive institution. In research projects and direct partnerships, the IfBB collaborates successfully with industrial partners, mostly from the near region or within Lower Saxony.

A well-defined thematic scope, coupled with expanded technical resources, is indispensable for the IfBB to position itself in the frontline of its particular field of research. A new technology centre has been established for special use by the IfBB. National and EU funds are available to finance the project "Constructing an Infrastructure for the Development of Sustainable Materials". These funds are being used to upgrade the IfBB’s technical equipment and improve its infrastructure. This will allow us to address any current and future relevant topics for research in the fields of bioplastics, natural fibre reinforced plastics and surface modification, in collaboration with Fraunhofer WKI, other industrial research partners, Leibniz Universität Hannover, and TU Braunschweig.

Project summary

  • Project title: InfraWerk - Infrastructure expansion for the development of sustainable materials
  • Funding objective: development and expansion of research infrastructures at universities of applied sciences
  • Assigned to the “RIS3 Strategy Lower Saxony” as a field of specialisation in the category “New Materials/Production Technology”
  • Sponsorship: State of Lower Saxony/NBank
  • Financing: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF/EU funds), Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (state funds), Hochschule Hannover – University of Applied Sciences and Arts (own funds)
  • Project management: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrea Siebert-Raths
  • Duration: 01.09.2016 – 30.06.2018


Dr. Stephen Kroll,