Description of the organisation

The Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences offers a professional academic education. Courses are focused not only on academic learning but also aim to fulfil industry requirements. The University enrols more than 6,000 students and has a total of more than 650 staff.

The Institute of Applied Research (IAF) is a central facility of the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and works to promote applied scientific research and development projects. The IAF was founded in 1987. As the centre of the academic network of the university, the IAF has excellent scientific know-how to carry out research projects in collaboration with business and industry. The IAF is also well experienced in the management of several large scale EU-research projects (FP6, LIFE, Asia Pro Eco etc.). In order to develop innovative techniques and processes for industry, the IAF draws on the knowledge and resources of the departments in the form of interdisciplinary projects.

The IAF's main research activities are:

  • Applied computer sciences and geo-informatics
  • Intelligent measurement systems
  • Sensor technologies
  • Civil, environmental and process engineering

In 2007, the IAF had a total of 50 academic staff. The scientific facilities of IAF consist among others of different bench scale membrane testing units, analytical devices as e.g. several UV/Vis spectrometers, GC-MS, HPLC, IC, AAS, different ISE sensors and TOC analyser.


Contribution to the project

Besides being the overall coordinator of the project (with focus on the scientific and technological coordination, WP10), the long-time experience of HSKA in the fields of wastewater treatment, water recycling and process engineering of membrane technologies will be invaluable for the project, with focus on the integration and testing of laboratory membranes (WP6) as well as the subsequent up-scaling of these membrane prototypes (WP8).

Furthermore, HSKA will in WP1 evaluate and define (together with Microdyn-Nadir GmbH and the Institute of Membrane Technology) the membrane and module materials in regard to economic, technological, manufacturing an health constraints and aspects. Also, HSKA will be responsible for one training workshop and an effective dissemination and exploitation of the project's results (WP9).






Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Hoinkis

Director of the Institute of Applied Research at the 

Hochschule Karlsruhe für Technik und Wirtschaft (HSKA)


Tel.: +49 (0)721-925-1372

Fax: +49 (0)721-925-1301



BioNexGen is co-financed by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme