Fraunhofer-Institut für Grenzflächen- und Bioverfahrenstechnik IGB, based in Germany

Fraunhofer is one of Europe's leading organisations in the field of applied research and technology development. It is a non-profit organisation comprising 67 individual institutes in Germany. The Institute leading Fraunhofer’s N2B-patch project involvement is the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB). IGB are experts in innovative interfacial engineering technologies. IGB employs over 315 people, primarily scientists and engineers. In response to the growing complexity of demand, the Fraunhofer IGB combines various technical processes under the aspects of material and energy efficiency. With regard to technical realization, IGB has established a large variety of methods, which involve either films being deposited from the gas phase or the precipitation of thin films or particles from the liquid phase.