Institute of Chemical Engineering
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Head of the Institute

Univ.Prof. Mag. Dr.rer.nat. Robert Mach

Getreidemarkt 9/166
A-1060 Vienna

0043-1-58801-166 00

0043-1-58801-166 99


Research Division of Biochemical Technology

Head: Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr.rer.nat. Robert Mach




The Research Division Biochemical Technology tries to find answers to the following research questions:

• Why do industrially used fungi degenerate?

• How can plant biomass be metabolized to valuable products?

• How can genomes of fungi help us to find new bioactive compounds for industry and medicine?

• How to achieve the efficient biological degradation of plastics?

• How can we quickly and specifically detect sources of microbial pollution in water?

• What is the impact of different pollution sources on human health?



These topics are worked on in three Research Groups:


Research Group Synthetic Biology and Molecular Biotechnology (166-5-1)

Head: Privatdoz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Astrid Mach-Aigner


Research Group Microbiology and Applied Genomics (166-5-2)

Head: Associate Prof. Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat. Irina Druzhinina


Research Group Environmental Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics (166-5-3)

Head: Assistant Prof. Mag. Dr.rer.nat. Andreas Farnleitner, MSc.Tox.