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.
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.
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.
Stirring tank reactor vs. microreactor
During chemical reactions, through-air tanks from the 3D printer dissipate heat better than their predecessors.
Microreactors from the 3D printer
Additive manufacturing opens the door to lower CO2 emissions and less energy consumption in chemical production.
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.
Evonik is optimizing the fermentative production process for the amino acid BIOLYS for pig feed.
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.
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
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.