‘Biology meets microelectronics’ - a phrase often quoted in recent times, and one which underlines the increasing importance of inter- and trans-disciplinary research activities. Basic scientific disciplines such as physics, electrical engineering, chemistry, biology and materials science are increasingly seen to overlap common boundaries, so defining the interface of an exciting research environment with a high potential for innovation. In this context, the INB (Institute of Nano and Biotechnologies) at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences aims to combine synergistically its existing expertise in the fields of semiconductor technologies, nano-electronics, silicon-based chemical sensors and biosensors, DNA sensing and nanostructures along with biotechnology (plant and microbiology / bioprocess technology and mammalian cell cultures) and enzyme technology. Six research laboratories will focus their research activities on the pioneering spectrum of nano- and biotechnologies, a broad contemporary research area, fostering new ideas and the design of new products which may change our daily life. More details on the scientific orientation of this expertise within the institute and a description of the laboratories taking part in this work can be foundon our homepage.
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Institut für Nano- und Biotechnologien
Prof. Dr. Michael J. Schöning
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The Institute for Applied Polymer Chemistry (IAP, Institut für Angewandte Polymerchemie) at FH Aachen conducts teaching and research in the fields of polymer chemistry and plastics technology.
The Master's degree programme Angewandte Polymerwissenschaften, organised by the IAP, teaches students the entire range of polymer chemistry and plastics technology: from raw materials to the production, analysis, characterisation to equipment and processing. Further training courses for external students are offered in the colloquium "Chemie und Technologie makromolekularer Stoffe" (Chemistry and Technology of Macromolecular Substances) as well as in seminars, also in laboratory practice, for special working techniques.
As a neutral and independent institution with a wide range of equipment, rounded off by cooperations with other university institutes, we offer a vareiety of services from analyses and expert opinions to the processing of extensive research and development contracts. These are funded - particularly in the case of SMEs - by federal and state subsidies.
FH Aachen Campus Jülich
Institut für Angewandte Polymerchemie (IAP)
Prof. Dr. Thomas Mang
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After the first basic brewing experiments with students from the Faculties 3, 9 and 10, a professional installation is now to be set up. A group of students and staff from all three faculties on Campus Jülich are working on the project's implementation. This workgroup is headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Tippkötter, whose subject area is Bioprocess Engineering at Faculty 3. Anyone can join in!
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The art of brewing beer has been known since the Middle Ages and has been perfected over the centuries. Numerous scientific fields come together, making this an interesting interdisciplinary process. The construction of a brewing installation consists of classical process engineering components which have to be continuously monitored with measurement and control technology. Here, the knowledge and skills of mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, physics engineers and biomedical technicians are particularly required, whereas the brewing process falls to the field of chemistry and biotechnology. The enzymatic conversion of malt, the use of yeast as well as its cultivation and the monitoring of the desired product is professionally realised in bioprocess engineering. The extensive topic is intended to show students the many influencing variables that are part of such a process.
Applied immunology deals with the practice-oriented aspects resulting from the understanding of the body's own defence against pathogens and other exogenous substances as well as their malfunctions. Among other things, this discipline plays an outstanding role in the development and application of immunotherapeutics and vaccines. The focus in our laboratory is on the development of therapeutic vaccines against cancer. These vaccines are intended to support conventional measures (surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy) and, thereby, lead to a more effective treatment regime. We quantify the immune responses of the vaccine candidates in the mouse model using common methods (e.g. flow cytometry, Elispot assays, cytotoxicity assays).
Biochemistry (biological chemistry, physiological chemistry) examines the molecular fundamentals of life. It uses chemical, physical and biological methods. The subject is of great importance for a number of other disciplines, such as biotechnology, medicine, nutrition science, agriculture and ecology. This is where many findings resulting from biochemical research are applied in a practical manner. Engineers working in one of these fields should therefore have sound knowledge and, if possible, practical experience in the field of biochemistry.
Welcome to Bioprocess Engineering and Downstream Processing. Our group operates at the intersection of the subjects of chemistry and biotechnology. In the fields of process engineering, bioprocess engineering and process technology, research and teaching in the area of process design and optimisation are at the centre, with a special focus on renewable raw materials and bioeconomics.
With Downstream Processing, the focus is on modern purification methods for biotechnological products. The main focus is on chromatographic and extractive methods with accompanying bioanalytics, as well as bioprocessing with solvent-impregnated hybrid systems, membrane adsorbers and magnetic particles.
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Chromatography, as a branch of Instrumental Analytics, deals specifically with the separation of homogeneous mixtures of substances and the identification and quantification of their individual components. The laboratory has a wide range of instrument-based equipment of gas chromatographic (GC-FID, GC-MSD) and liquid chromatographic (HPLC, DC) methods. During the practical training, the students of the degree programmes Angewandte Chemie, Applied Chemistry and Biotechnologie are taught how to select and carry out the appropriate method for a given chromatographic problem and to critically evaluate the result.
In the Laboratories 00E16 (Microbial Fermentation) and 00E17 (Enzyme Technology), a combined practical training course focuses on the topic of recombinant enzyme production in Escherichia coli.
Enzymes are by far the most important class of biotechnologically utilised biomolecules. In pure form, they are used for analytical (e.g. detection systems for components of food and other biological samples), preparative (used as catalysts in the pharmaceutical-chemical industry), therapeutic (substitution therapy for the treatment of metabolic disorders) or technical applications (as components of detergents), or they are involved, as a natural component of a living organism, in biotechnologically interesting material conversions (such as the conversion of sugar into alcohol via the brewer's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae).
Special microbiology deals with the detection of the natural specific abilities of microorganisms and the resulting applications in medicine and biotechnology. Within the framework of the practical training, we offer, for example, experiments for the identification of microorganisms, for gene transfer through conjugation and for materials conversion by microorganisms. Genetic engineering, on the other hand, involves the recombination of genetic information in an organism and its utilisation in biotechnology, medicine, forensics, environmental technology as well as agriculture. The practical training includes experiments for isolating and characterising nucleic acids, cloning DNA fragments and identifying and characterising genetically modified microorganisms, e.g. by restriction mapping, Southern blot hybridisation, PCR.
In the practical training General and Inorganic Chemistry (winter semester - for students of the degree programmes Biotechnologie, Angewandte Chemie and Applied Chemistry), basic laboratory methods (e.g. filtration, suction filtration, pipetting with the aid of a Peleus ball, handling analytical balances, in- and ex-aligned glassware) are practised, and the theoretical fundamentals of the lecture are taught using practical examples. At the beginning of the winter semester, each student is aditionally required to attend a "crash course" in lab safety (evacuation exercise, fire protection and safety seminar including safety exam).
In the practical training Analytical Chemistry (summer semester - for students of Angewandte Chemie and Applied Chemistry), qualitative and quantitative analyses are conducted.
Soil investigations generally serve to characterise the location properties of soils. Work in our laboratory focuses on the identification of soil pollution, the effects on the environment, as well as the possibilities of remediation. Risk assessments of contaminated sites, like those we carry out in the laboratory, include, for example, determining the retention capacity of soil against pollutants, determining the transfer of pollutants into the plant and the groundwater, as well as the application of biotests in order to determine inhibitory effects on soil organisms.
Microbiology deals with organisms that cannot be detected by the human eye due to their size. For the handling and determination of microorganisms, suitable methods and tools are needed, e.g. to isolate, cultivate and quantify them.
Environmental Biotechnology (grey biotechnology) deals with the development as well as the technical application of biological processes in environmental protection. The classic areas of application are waste water and exhaust air purification, waste treatment, soil and groundwater remediation, as well as the energetic utilisation of biomass.
Molecular Spectroscopy as part of Instrumental Analytics is based on the interaction of molecules with electromagnetic fields. It monitors how electromagnetic waves change through interaction with molecules and, in turn, draws conclusions about important molecular properties. By stimulating rotational, vibrational and electron states in the molecules, it can obtain qualitative, quantitative and, above all, structural information about a sample. The laboratory has a number of molecular spectroscopic methods at its disposal: IR spectroscopy (dispersive and FTIR), UV/Vis spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and NMR spectrometry (CW). During their practical training, students of the degree programmes Angewandte Chemie, Applied Chemistry, and Biotechnologie learn how to independently record spectra of a given sample and how to interpret molecular spectra in order to elucidate the structure of organic molecules.
The Technikum (Technical Centre) for Plastics Technology is designed to meet the high requirements of research and development of the Institute for Applied Polymer Chemistry (IAP). At the same time, it also serves as a training facility for young scientists. It provides valuable assistance for initial trials, formulation and process developments in the field of plastics and rubber production, processing and modification. In order to meet this requirement, the Technikum is comprehensively equipped with various facilities, such as twin-screw extruders, kneaders, rolling mills, laboratory injection moulding and corona plants. The product evaluation can also be carried out on site by the Laboratory for Polymer Chemistry with climate-controlled measuring and test room for the determination of rheological, thermal and mechanical properties.
The main focus of the subject area is on questions of environmental chemistry as well as the chemistry of foodstuffs and consumer goods. Here, the application and development of investigative and analytical methods is of primary importance. In lectures and practical trainings, as well as research projects, problems from the field of water, soil and air analytics, but also from plant and food examinations are worked on. The examinations are used for the evaluation of the pollution load of samples and for the characterisation with regard to value-adding ingredients. Here, the methods of modern Instrumental Analytics are applied.
In the Laboratory for Nuclear Chemistry, we teach students how to handle open and enclosed radioactive materials. In practical trainings, Bachelor and Master students learn all basic, and a number of specialised, radiochemical working methods. To this end, practically all modern methods for measuring radionuclides are available in the laboratory. In addition, we teach methods of X-ray fluorescence analysis.
Within the framework of study and final theses, we investigate the application of fast and efficient separation methods for analytics, the recycling of radioactive sources as well as innovative methods for the treatment of radioactive waste. In cooperation with the Laboratory for Medical Physics, we plan the production and quality control of radiotracers for use in medical imaging procedures.
In cooperation with the Kursstätte für Strahlenschutz (Radiation Protection Training Centre), we train participants in our laboratories in radiation protection when handling open radioactive materials.
The basic practical training Organische Chemie (OC I, Organic Chemistry) for students of the Angewandte Chemie degree programme teaches the principles of dealing with chemicals and the use of laboratory glassware. Participants will learn how to independently work out synthesis instructions, set up synthesis devices, perform an organic chemical analysis and keep a laboratory journal.
The advanced practical training Organische Chemie (OC II, Organic Chemistry) for students of the Angewandte Chemie degree programme builds upon the basic practical training and teaches skills to carry out more complicated syntheses than during the basic practical training. This way, the theoretical fundamentals of the lecture are explained and expanded upon, using practical examples. In addition to the syntheses, an analysis of a mixture of substances is conducted.
The practical training Organische Chemie (Organic Chemistry) for students of the Biotechnologie degree programme teaches the principles of dealing with chemicals, using laboratory glassware, independently working out synthesis instructions, setting up synthesis devices, performing an organic chemical analysis and keeping a laboratory journal. In addition to syntheses, recyclable materials are extracted from natural materials.
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The lectures and courses on Physical Chemistry provide the fundamentals of thermodynamics and its applications: Funamental theorems of thermodynamics, the calculation of physical state changes, thermochemical calculations, properties of solvents.
Students learn to interpret phase diagrams of pure substances and mixtures and to calculate the course of phase boundary lines. They learn how to calculate the function of Galvanic Cells and cell potentials. Furthermore, the basics for the description of the speed of physical transport processes and chemical reactions are addressed. Students learn to recognise reaction orders, to determine rate constants from experimental data and to describe their temperature dependence.
In our state-of-the-art laboratory for preparative polymer chemistry and polymer analytics, students can learn practical methods of macromolecular synthesis as well as its characterisation. On the one hand, the practical work includes the correct setup of the synthesis devices as well as the preparative realisation of the syntheses. For example, an understanding of the various underlying reaction mechanisms of the syntheses that are carried out is taught here. These include, first and foremost, radical and anionic polymerisation, polycondensation and addition, but also special types such as suspension polymerisation or emulsion polymerisation. Students will also learn how to analyse and characterise the fabricated products in order to ensure that their experiments have been successful. To this end, the Laboratory for Polymer Chemistry also has air-conditioned testing and measuring rooms with various analysers.
Cell culture is the cultivation of animal or plant cells in a culture medium outside the organism.We deal with the cultivation of animal cells in T-bottles, spinner cultures, shaking flasks and laboratory fermenters (batch, fed-batch, chemostat, perfusion). Within the framework of teaching, adherent CHO cells and suspension hybridoma cells are used. Cytotoxicity tests, the detection of antibodies using ELISA and the analytics of important media components (glucose, glutamine) are also conducted in the practical training.
The research field primarily deals with process optimisation on the basis of emission measurements. Detailed information can be found on our homepage.
Students gain insights into the structure and work methods of chemical production plants. They learn the fundamentals of process development including cost estimation and the production methods of inorganic and organic basic chemicals. Within the framework of the practical training, parameters relevant to the design are determined and their significance for the scaling-up is explained. Upon completion of the course, students will have the ability to describe industrial chemical processes and apply this knowledge to technical development questions.
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