Institute of Technical Biocatalysis

Dear visitor,

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Liese

Welcome to the homepage of the Institute of Technical Biocatalysis at the Hamburg University of Technology, founded 1986 by Prof. Dr. Volker Kasche.

This homepage will inform you on our activities regarding research and education. We would like to give you an insight into the impressive world of biocatalysis, which becomes increasingly important as a tool for chemical synthesis. Biocatalysts characteristically show a high selectivity while they operate under mild process conditions and don’t necessarily require problematic solvents. These qualities make them very valuable for a sustainable synthesis of various products, helping to achieve a “green” future.

Our main research field covers technical and fundamental aspects of the application of whole cells and isolated enzymes in biocatalysis and environmental biotechnology. The research involves bioprocess development, non-conventional biotransformations, online reaction analysis, microreaction engineering as well as biodegradation. Process engineers, biotechnologists, chemists and microbiologists interact in a unique interdisciplinary way in our laboratories that provide state-of-the-art equipment for research and education. Our institute is involved in different B. Sc. and M. Sc. programs and takes care of BTA and CTA applicants.

You are invited to take a look at our research activities and to learn more about the enormous potential of biocatalytic processes.


Andreas Liese
Andreas Liese



Experimental Course Bioprocess Engineering 2016

Experimental Course Bioprocess Engineering 2016

Please, sign in online (via Stud.IP) starting from 01.06.2016 until 01.09.2016. Detailed information can be found here.

If you have any questions, send an e-mail to jennifer.engel@tuhh.de.

BFD Paper was chosen as HOT article!

HOT article in Catalysis, Science and Technology!

"Reversibility of assymetric catalyzed C-C bond formation by benzoylformate decarboxylase."

Authors: Marco Berheide, Selin Kara and Andreas Liese.

Link to the publication in the Real Society of Chemistry: http://pubs.rsc.org/

2nd Symposium on Deep-Sea Oil Spills

2nd Symposium on Deep-Sea Oil Spills

Six years after the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico 2010 with more than 700 million liters of oil spilled into the ocean, several questions remain open. Research groups all around the world investigate the impact of the oil spill on the environment, as well as the distribution behavior of the oil in the ocean.

After the first highly successful symposium in 2013, the C-IMAGE II research group from the Hamburg University of Technology would like to invite you to the second Symposium on Deep-Sea Oil Spills in Hamburg. The conference shall be a discussion platform to link the different research areas and to define points of contact between modeling and experimental research. The day is split into 3 sessions with specific topics. After each session a break offers the possibility for detailed discussions (hot lunch included). A welcome reception on Monday and a get-together on Tuesday will offer further possibilities for interdisciplinary scientific exchange in a relaxed atmosphere.


For more information check: www.tuhh.de/ims/oil-spill-symposium.html