Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Division I - Biology, Chemistry, and Process Engineering

Division I comprises twenty KIT research institutes, the KIT Department of Chemistry and Biosciences and the KIT Department of Chemical and Process Engineering as well as the Helmholtz Programme BioInterfaces in Technology and Medicine.

Together we are focusing on our new research theme "Material and energy cycles in circular economy, life science engineering, process technology and digitalization". In this way, we research and teach the latest processes and methods of material and energy conversion for the circular economy and build a synergistic bridge to the life sciences. In terms of content, the size scales are addressed both theoretically and experimentally from nanogram synthesis to the near-industrial ton scale. All research in Division I is geared to the requirements of a resource-efficient data-based society.

Professor Dr. Andrea Robitzki has been Head of Division I since February 15th, 2020,

Head of Division I

Prof. Dr. Andrea Robitzki







Contact Team Division I




Material and energy circuits in circular economy, life science engineering, process technology and digitization

An inversion (left) in thale cress (background) can be undone with CRISPR/Cas (center) to reactivate the exchange of genes (right) in the said section. (Figure: Michelle Rönspies/KIT)
Inheritance in Plants Can Now Be Controlled Specifically

For the First Time, KIT Researchers Use CRISPR/Cas Molecular Scissors to Recombine Genes on a Chromosome – Nature Communications Publishes Results.

Poröse Flüssigkeiten als Membran: Mit diesem Verfahren könnten sich in der Kunststoffindustrie enorme Mengen Energie und damit CO2 einsparen lassen. (Foto: Alexander Knebel, KIT)
Porous Liquids Allow for Efficient Gas Separation

New material opens up the possibility of saving up to 80 percent of energy when separating raw materials for the plastics industry – Publication in Nature Materials.

Die konsequente Automatisierung sowie der Einsatz von KI beim Planen und Auswerten von Versuchsreihen sollen die Entwicklung neuer Batterien beschleunigen. (Foto: Daniel Messling, KIT)
New EU Project to Boost Battery Development

A novel battery development strategy has been launched in the European BATTERY 2030+ initiative – the CELEST research platform with KIT and Ulm University participate.

Versuchsaufbau inklusive Hochdruckzelle zur Fischer-Tropsch Messkampagne an der CAT-ACT Messlinie am KIT Synchrotron. (Foto: Tiziana Carambia)
Bespoke Catalysts for Power-to-X

Using a synchrotron, scientists of KIT watch a power-to-X catalyst at work.

Große Datenmengen zu sammeln, zu speichern und zu verarbeiten wird in vielen Disziplinen der Wissenschaften durch den digitalen Wandel immer notwendiger. (Foto: Markus Breig, KIT)
National Research Data Infrastructure: Funding of Three Consortia with KIT Participation

Chemistry, engineering sciences, and catalysis research successful in first round of calls.

An der Modellpflanze Ackerschmalwand wurden mithilfe des Proteins Cas9 erstmals Chromosomen neu zusammengesetzt. (Abbildung: Angelina Schindele, KIT)
Exchange of Arms between Chromosomes Using Molecular Scissors

CRISPR/Cas Revolutionizes Crop Cultivation by Specific Combination of Properties – New Genome Modification Technology Presented in Nature Plants


Die Bakterien (grün) sind in einem Kompositmaterial aus Kohlenstoff-Nanoröhrchen (grau) und Kieselsäure-Nanopartikeln (lila) verwoben mit DNA (blau) eingebettet. (Grafik: Niemeyer-Lab, KIT)
Microbial Cyborgs: Bacteria Supplying Power

KIT Scientists Develop Programmable, Biohybrid Material System that Uses Bacteria for Power Generation


With its essential oils, mint keeps away weeds – the menthone contained in the oil might be used as a basis of environmentally friendly bioherbicides. (Photo: Jana Müller)
Mint Scent Inhibits the Growth of Weeds

New Approach to Sustainable Weed Control is Based on Studies of Biological Communication between Plants – Menthone Has Bioherbicide Potential