About Us

Our Mission

The industrialized society of the future will be based on the acceptance of applied technologies and will have a greater dependence on the availability of resources. However, natural deposits are limited, and the technology of today often pushes ecological and political boundaries. Therefore we strive to develop alternatives and conduct research in the area of sustainable technology. For this, we use our knowledge of biotechnology, materials science, and chemical engineering, which we have accumulated over decades.

We cooperate closely with our commercial and academic partners. The institute's leading scientists are also involved in academic teaching and in several professional associations, for example DECHEMA e.V.
These contacts provide us with a powerful research network and allow us to address new topics at an early stage of development.

About the Institute

The foundation "DECHEMA-Forschungsinstitut" was created on March 1, 2012 by a group of commercial and private benefactors. The Karl Winnacker Institute of DECHEMA, first established in 1961, was merged into this foundation at that time.

The institute employs engineers, chemists, biologists, materials scientists, technicians, and experts in other disciplines, all working together on trend-setting topics. The structure of the institute can be seen in the organizational chart.

What We Offer

  • Internationally proven expertise
  • A complete range of services from basic research to developments ready for application
  • Experience in contract research for industrial partners
  • A unique combination of research topics
  • Targeted use of interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Rapid implementation of new research ideas
  • Flexible cooperation with contractors with a minimum of bureaucratic red-tape
  • Close networking in the technical-scientific community
  • Teaching activities at renowned universities
  • An extensive continuing education program promoting professional development and the education of young scientists

Work at DFI follows the Guidelines of Good Scientific Practice.


Theodor-Heuss-Allee 25
D-60486 Frankfurt am Main



Institute Office

Mrs. Vanessa Haumann
Tel.: +49 69/7564-337

Mrs. Barbara Jagla
Tel.: +49 69/7564-252

Fax: +49 69/7564-388


Institute Directorate

Associate Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mathias Galetz
Associate Prof. Dr. Jonathan Bloh

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