Future industrialised societies will be dependent on the availability of resources and the general public‘s acceptance of employed technologies. However, natural resources are limited and the technologies implemented today have in many instances reached their limits, both ecologically and politically. Thus, an urgent need exists for the development of alternatives, which can be consolidated under the term Research for Sustainable Technologies. To this effect, considerable potential is associated with the traditional fields of DECHEMA, namely chemical engineering, materials engineering and biotechnology.
In 2012 a number of industrial and private benefactors, who are committed to this socio-political mandate, together with DECHEMA, have established a non-profit, civil law foundation. It bears the name DECHEMA-Forschungsinstitut and builds on the expertise of the former Karl-Winnacker-Institut of DECHEMA. The core competences of this institute in the key disciplines Materials and Corrosion, Chemical Engineering, Electrochemistry as well as Biotechnology were adopted and expanded into a concept of Research Clusters, in which the central problems of future industrialised societies will be transposed into interdisciplinary research focus areas. Hereto, DECHEMA-Forschungsinstitut, together with research partners from industry and universities, contributes its renowned and internationally recognised competence, amassed from over five decades of experience from its predecessor institute. This competence comprises the entire spectrum from fundamental research to application oriented developments and aims to create resources-efficient and ecologically compatible technological solutions for industrial deployment. For this reason, DECHEMA-Forschungsinstitut acts as an important interface in the German and international research landscape.
A detailed description of the institute is given in the institute's brochure.
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