Research & Innovation

The researchers at Evonik are looking for innovative solutions as well as innovative ideas. That’s why they spend every day searching for potential products and new directions for development. We report on the latest research activities in chemistry and related disciplines.

Wind power

The offshore era

Bigger and better: What will tomorrow’s wind turbines look like? How can wind be efficiently exploited in coastal regions? And who are the global pioneers?

The energy transition

Cattle, oil and wind power

Texas is in the midst of the energy transition. In this US state, 25,000 people are already working in the wind industry.

Blue Lithium

A new direction for lithium recycling

Lithium is necessary for the energy transition: Evonik is researching an efficient way of recovering this "white gold" from old batteries.

Energy storage systems

A long life for batteries

How long does a smartphone battery last? US researchers are now able to make precise forecasts.

Efficiency enhancement

Stirring tank reactor vs. microreactor

During chemical reactions, through-air tanks from the 3D printer dissipate heat better than their predecessors.

Efficiency enhancement

Microreactors from the 3D printer

Additive manufacturing opens the door to lower CO2 emissions and less energy consumption in chemical production.

Animal nutrition

Insects as animal feed

The larvae of the black soldier fly are packed full of protein – and offer a source of hope for climate and environmental protection.


More knowledge, improved animal welfare

Epigenetics reveal the environmental factors that affect the genetic material of chickens.


Bacteria that heal wounds

The biotech company JeNaCell produces biosynthetic cellulose for the effective treatment of injuries.

Animal nutrition

Carbon-neutral fermentation

Evonik is optimizing the fermentative production process for the amino acid BIOLYS for pig feed.


Drug delivery

Transportation via polymers

Evonik and Stanford University are cooperating in a search for new carrier substances for mRNA vaccines.


Cheese without cows

In the future, dairy products could be manufactured without any components of animal origin through fermentation by microorganisms.


Dishwashing with sugar

Evonik is using biodegradable rhamnolipids to create an ideal basis for the production of sustainable cleaning agents and more.


The power of microorganisms

Natural bacteria, fungi, and cells easily conduct complicated reactions that technical chemistry fails to accomplish.


A self-healing construction material

One key to reaching the goal of sustainable concrete is bacteria that fill cracks in materials on their own.


The plastic cycle

On the path to achieving a true circular economy: Evonik is working on innovative processes in order to reduce plastic waste.


Enter Macbeth

To date, catalytic membrane reactors have shown what they can do only in laboratories. Researchers in Marl are working to change that in the future.


The recycling economy

Tire test

Vestenamer plays a key role in the manufacture of asphalt from old tires. Now it’s possible to verify the additive’s life cycle assessment with data.

Knowledge Storage

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