Innovation Center Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Steffen Fischer

Wood and plant chemistry

Research at the Wood and Plant Chemistry Innovation Center focuses on the material use and utilization of renewable raw materials. The main objective is to produce innovative biobased products or to replace fossil raw materials in the production of conventional functional products completely or partially by regenerative raw materials. As one of the core tasks of our time, the material utilization of raw materials finds its potential application in a variety of ways, including wood and fiber materials, additives for papers, paints, coatings or building materials, and even in the medical and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Steffen Fischer

Dresden University of Technology
Institute for Plant and Wood Chemistry
Professorship for Wood and Plant Chemistry
Judeich Building, room 1.26
Pienner Straße 19
01737 Tharandt

Short vita

  • since 2006 Head of the Institute of Plant and Wood Chemistry and holder of the Chair of Wood and Plant Chemistry at the TU Dresden
  • 2003 to 2006 head of department for polysaccharide chemistry at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research in Potsdam-Golm, Germany
  • 2003 Habilitation on the topic of "Inorganic molten salts as a dissolving and reaction medium for cellulose".
  • 1993 to 2003 Senior Assistant at the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg
  • 1992 Dissertation on "Synthesis of Ferrites" at the TU Dresden
  • 1988 Diploma in Chemistry from the Technical University of Dresden

Research and development

  • Paper chemistry (characterization, paper additives, deposits on paper machines)
  • Chemistry of plant and wood components (wood decomposition, cellulose chemistry, polysaccharides, lignin utilization)
  • Chemistry of wood and wood fiber materials (wood pulp, thermal modification, chemistry of binders)


  • Chemical pulping of wood, plants and agricultural residues with conventional and alternative processes using modern laboratory pilot plants up to 30-liter scale
  • Optimization of different lignins with regard to their chemical and physical properties
  • Production and modification of bead and nanocelluloses
  • Characterization and packaging of cellulose and cellulose derivatives
  • Chemical modification of polysaccharides and extractives for use as flame retardants based on renewable raw materials
  • Investigations into the reduction of energy requirements in TMP production
  • Qualitative and quantitative determination of new or modified paper additives
  • Investigations on the change of the pore structure by thermal modification processes
  • Wet chemical analysis of woods and plant materials
  • Extensive sample analysis capabilities:
    FT-Raman spectroscopy and microscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, UV/VIS, GC/MS, HPLC, GPC, FPLC, mercury porosimetry, particle sizing

Reference projects

  • Investigations on the improvement of the TMP process for spruce wood by using reductive auxiliaries in combination with further additives
  • Process optimization in TMP production with the use of dithionite-auxiliary combinations
  • Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry studies on bitumen-rubber mixtures
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