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Research group “Sustainable Bioeconomy” (Bio)

The research group Sustainable Bioeconomy investigates the opportunities and challenges of new technologies and innovations for providing, converting, using, and recycling biogenic resources. The complex interrelations and trade-offs in bioeconomy are analyzed from a techno-economic, ecological, and societal point of view. Its research focuses on the substitution of fossil and critical resources, the increase in efficiency of land use and resources, the capacity for adaptation and transformation of agriculture and forestry, and the closing of material cycles. Current topics are digital and integrated production systems, the use of microalgae, and the production of sustainable biofuels using thermochemical conversion of agricultural and forestry residues.

The research group uses an interdisciplinary approach and works in close cooperation with technology developers and users. Methods of life cycle assessment (LCA, LCC, and S-LCA) and approaches of multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) are applied for technology assessments. Transdisciplinary formats (e.g., living labs) are used to capture different social areas of knowledge, views, and perspectives and to co-design technologies and implementation concepts. The research aims to develop practice- and action-oriented knowledge on socially feasible and sustainable bioeconomic transformation paths for decision makers and stakeholders in politics, the economy, and society.

Head of research group
Portrait Title Name Phone E-Mail
Christine Rösch
Dr. +49 721 608-22704 christine roeschCab6∂kit edu

Members of research group
Portrait Title Name Phone E-Mail
Iulia Almeida
+49 721 608-23039 iulia yakouchenkovaYtp3∂kit edu
+49 721 608-23366 mohamed elshamyCza9∂kit edu
Martina Haase
Dr. +49 721 608-26094 martina haaseXdk5∂kit edu
Roukaya Issaoui
Dipl.-Ing. +49 721 608-26019 roukaya issaouiOkr9∂partner kit edu
Kirsten Moore
M.Sc. +49 721 608-26437 kirsten mooreYtt6∂kit edu
Cristina Onorato
M.Sc. +49 721 608-22705 cristina onoratoSfb6∂kit edu
Rolf Meyer
PD Dr. +49 721 608-24868 rolf meyerGsi1∂kit edu
Somidh Saha
Dr. rer. nat. +49 721 608-24644 somidh sahaRch4∂kit edu
Gerhard Sardemann
Dipl.-Met. +49 721 608-22734 gerhard sardemannAps9∂kit edu
Jessica Varela Villarreal
Dr.-Ing., Dipl.-Biochem. +49 721 608-22989 jessica villarrealCds7∂kit edu
Markus Winkelmann
M.A. +49 721 608-26098 markus winkelmannMux3∂kit edu

Current projects
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