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.


A new life for mattresses

The dream of foam: Researchers at Evonik have now found a way to recycle discarded mattresses.


A favorable carbon footprint for the construction industry

A Swiss startup shows how the carbon footprint of the construction industry can be improved in the future.

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.

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

Renewable energies: figures and trends

How the potential of water, solar, and wind power is fundamentally changing the ways electricity can be generated worldwide.

The microbiome

Health begins in the gut

In good company: The microbiome consists of countless bacteria that are crucial for our health.

The microbiome

Influencers in the gut

The microbiome protects us from diseases—but how does this work? And how do synbiotics and probiotics promote gut health?

Knowledge Storage

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