Fraunhofer UMSICHT

Fraunhofer UMSICHT develops applied and custom-made solutions in the fields of environmental and process engineering, material and energy technology. Assuming a leading position Fraunhofer UMSICHT is committed to sustainable development, environmentally friendly technologies and innovative approaches designed to improve the standard of living and to promote the economies innovative capacity.

Fraunhofer UMSICHT is your competent partner in all phases of development and market introduction of bio-based materials. Based on our long-term scientific experience we create innovations: from the first project idea over the joint discussion of product requirements, the production of material samples to practical application tests.


The department “Bio-based Plastics” is focused on polymer chemistry, material development, plastics processing, applications, and industrial scale-up of novel bioplastics. This topic comprises plastics derived from biomass as well as biodegradable plastics. Our equipment covers laboratory and testing facilities, kneaders and laboratory compounding extruders, and industrial plastics processing lines (e.g. compounding, extrusion, injection moulding). Additionally we assess products and value chains with respect to their sustainability.

R+D Portfolio

  • Development of new bio-based monomers and plastics
  • Material and product development
  • Plastics processing development
  • Small scale and pilot series manufacturing of plastics compounds and products
  • Polymer analyses and material testing
  • Certified testing of biodegradability of substances, materials and residues
  • Market and feasibility studies, technological assessments
  • Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), Carbon Footprint


Fraunhofer-Institut für Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und Energietechnik UMSICHT
Osterfelder Straße 3
46047 Oberhausen

Tel.: +49 (0) 208 – 8598 – 1227
Fax: +49 (0) 208 – 8598 – 1424

Dr. Stephan Kabasci