Institute of Applied Microbiology (iAMB)


Presentation of the Institute

At the Institute of Applied Microbiology (iAMB) at RWTH Aachen University, scientists are working on various contributions to the circular bioeconomy. These contributions are to be seen in the context of the "Meeting global challenges" goals of RWTH Aachen University. The focus is on the microbial production of valuable materials from renewable carbon sources (biomass, CO2, and plastics).


"Every ton of crude oil that we can leave in the ground must be left there."

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lars Blank

  Bow-Tie structure of microbial metablism. Copyright: © iAMB RWTH Bow-Tie structure of microbial metablism. Production of valuable chemicals from sustainable carbon sources (biomass, CO2, plastic)

Microbes contribute significantly to the world's major element cycles (e.g., C, N, S, P). These catalytic performances can be used for the production of valuable molecules from renewable carbon sources (biomass, CO2, plastics). Using metabolic engineering, microbes are constructed at iAMB that guarantee outstanding catalytic properties (TRY: titer, rate, and yield). The research focuses on fundamental and applied aspects of microbial metabolism. Research on in silico/in vivo functioning of metabolic networks aims to provide a deeper understanding of cell functions and thus contributes to rational strain engineering. With partners, novel value chains that are fossil resource free are designed, evaluated, and brought into operation.


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Lars Blank

Prof. Dr.-Ing.