COVID-19 pandemic: Together against coronavirus

Fraunhofer IBP vs. Coronavirus - our projects at a glance


Press release / 12.10.2021

Indoor Air: How to Eliminate Viruses Effectively

How can viruses be effectively eliminated from indoor air? This question is now becoming more important as fall approaches. Efficient indoor air purification is essential, especially in schools. Fraunhofer researchers are investigating and op-timizing various filter and air purification techniques in the AVATOR project.


Press release / 26.7.2021

AVATOR Project: Tracking down aerosols

How do infectious aerosols spread in supermarkets, airplanes, and other
indoor areas where large numbers of people congregate? Led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP, researchers from a total of 15 Fraunhofer institutes and institutions are studying this in the AVATOR project, short for Anti-Virus Aerosol: Testing, Operation, Reduction. 


Highlight Topics 2020

How efficiently do air purification technologies eliminate viruses from the air?

Reliably eliminating viruses from the room air - that sounds like a good idea, especially in times of the coronavirus. In the “Fraunhofer vs. Corona” program, Fraunhofer IBP has established practical methods to demonstrate the efficiency of air purification technologies.


Highlight Topics 2020

Strategies to combat the coronavirus: Retrofit, evaluate, analyze

The risk of contracting the coronavirus indoors or in a bus, train, car or plane is much higher than outdoors. Fraunhofer IBP's Department of Energy Efficiency and Indoor Climate is finding ways to reduce the risk of infection by the coronavirus in these areas.


Highlight Topics 2020

Did you know? Face masks impair speech intelligibility

These days, face masks are a constant everyday companion. An interdisciplinary team from the Department of Acoustics has studied the effects of masks on our ability to comprehend speech and thus on the quality of communication.


Healthy Air Initiative – Research and advisory program for healthy ambient air

The "Healthy Air Initiative" aims at providing companies with quick, practical, and scientifically proven solutions to reduce the transmission of viruses via aerosols. With this in mind, practicable ventilation concepts for aerosol prevention will be developed and contact points for advice will be set up as part of three project phases.


Personal protection device for cleaning inhaled air

Doctors and nursing staff are exposed to a particularly high risk of infection. However, current respiratory protection devices have several major disadvantages. Scientists at Fraunhofer IBP are therefore developing a practical and comfortable respiratory protection system suitable for continuous use that offers a high level of protection against airborne viruses.


Hygiene concepts for hotels and restaurants

Within the scope of the "Hy4HoGa" project, ways to reduce the risk of infection via aerosols in the hospitality industry, and thus how large, highly-frequented spaces can be used safely at affordable cost, is being investigated by Fraunhofer IBP in collaboration with the Bavarian hotel and restaurant association "Bayerischer Hotel- und Gaststättenverband DEHOGA Bayern e.V." and the Bavarian industry association "vbw - Vereinigung der Bayerischen Wirtschaft e.V."


Kurzmeldung / 13.10.2020

Gunnar Grün represents Fraunhofer IBP in "Aerosols Expert Group"

The "Aerosols Expert Group" was convened by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science to clarify the transmission of the virus by aerosols. Fraunhofer IBP is represented in the expert group by Prof. Gunnar Grün, Deputy Director of Fraunhofer IBP and an expert in the field of indoor air flows.


Kurzmeldung / 5.10.2020

WORK | HOME | MOBILE - Office Initiative presents results

Evaluating and optimizing work situations - this is the aim of the Office Initiative with its study titled "WORK | HOME | MOBILE - Pre-, Intra- & Post-Corona". During the lockdown phase, a survey was launched to generate empirical knowledge. Initial results have now been published. Use them to improve your work environment and organization.


Reducing the risk of infection by aerosol-borne viruses

In the project Anti-Virus Aerosol: Testing, Operation, Reduction, in short "Avator", research is being conducted to assess and reduce the risk of infection by viruses transmitted via aerosols in enclosed spaces. Besides simulation-based methods to assess airborne dispersion, the project aims to develop air purification technologies based on virus capture and inactivation.


Upgrading the laboratories in Holzkirchen

To increase capacities for testing human samples and to relieve the strain on laboratories in southern Bavaria, the micro/molecular biology laboratory at Fraunhofer IBP in Holzkirchen is being upgraded. Our experts also develop and verify hygiene concepts and facilities for companies, providing them with scientific assistance as business and public life return to normal.


Quick evaluation of indoor air flows

By simulating indoor air flows with the Indoor Environment Simulation Suite (IESS) - an in-house development by Fraunhofer IBP- information can be gained about the spread of the constituents of indoor air. These simulations help companies set up effective temporary protective measures at workplaces.


Protective air curtain for workers

To protect employees from cross-infections in rooms, our scientists are working on a further development of the climate sky concept. The end-result will be not only adaptable but also mobile: the aim is to create a personalized, protective air curtain with multi-stage filtering system based on the principle of air recirculation.


Lowering infection risks in ambulances

As part of the Fraunhofer Anti-Corona Program, scientists at Fraunhofer IVV and Fraunhofer IBP are jointly pursuing the goal of minimizing infection risks in ambulances. In a first step, a simulation tool for predicting the distribution dynamics of viruses is being developed in order to derive subsequent concepts for disinfecting the interiors of ambulances quickly and reliably.


Kurzmeldung / 25.5.2020

Speech intelligibility with face masks

Scientists at Fraunhofer IBP in Stuttgart have studied the effect of different masks on acoustic speech quality. The project aims at assessing the acoustic limitations of masks with the aid of an experimental setup and evaluation system, and at developing acoustically optimized face masks.

Fraunhofer vs. Corona