Research in the Faculty of the Environment and Natural Sciences focuses partly on environmental systems analysis for clarifying the interdependencies of spatially and temporally dependent abiotic and biotic systems. Socio-economic factors are taken into account in particular. Strategies for action for using them sustainably are derived as a result. The focus is also on securing the availability of water of the required quantity and quality. The development of energy-efficient and material-efficient processes and procedures plays an important role, especially in environmental technology and in secondary raw material extraction.
When new materials for energy conversion and storage and the development of efficient processes for material synthesis are investigated, energy-saving and resource-saving research activities are successfully implemented through the use of modelling and process simulation methods.
Problems from various biotechnological and medical fields are also dealt with, including, for example, phototrophic biotechnology, technical microbiology, enzyme technology, cell biology, immunology, medical microbiology, nanobiotechnology, diagnostics and tissue engineering.
With this focus, the faculty makes an important contribution to the BTU research areas of “Energy efficiency and sustainability” and “Biotechnology, Environment and Health”.