The Team

Dr. Patrick Prühs

Managing Director

+49 89 1894 168 10

Dr. Elisabeth Rieger

Head of Project Management

+49 89 1894 168 35

Dr. Stefanie Vogel

Head of Project Development & Funding  (parental leave)

+49 921 55 44 63

Laura Kühn

Head of Innovation & Business Development

+49 89 1894 168 40

Theresa Dörres

Project Manager & Public Relations

+49 174 977 39 13

Dr. Christoph Habel

Project Development & Funding (ConTact Office Bayreuth)

+49 162 743 88 25

Dr. Matthias Scholz

Project Development & Funding (ConTact Office Straubing)

+49 173 653 17 28

Our Mission

In 2006, Chemie-Cluster Bayern was founded within the Cluster Initiative Bavaria. The Bavarian State Government’s initiative aims to increase Bavaria’s competitiveness. Thanks to a dense network of local and international contacts created by clusters, companies and research institutions innovation and productivity can be increased. The networking is supposed to create value chains from research and development to the final product locally.

As a cluster it is our mission to contribute to the strengthening of the knowledge base of Bavarian institutions, to accelerate the introduction of new technologies and to facilitate the development of new markets. Furthermore, hidden markets for existing products, technologies and services are to be found worldwide.

Since 2008, Dr. Patrick Prühs is the managing director of Chemie-Cluster Bayern. The cluster is supported by a nine-member advisory board, whose spokespersons are Dr. Günter von Au and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfang A. Herrmann.


Cross-Cluster Projects 2021
As part of the cluster initiative of the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, an annual call for tenders for cross-cluster projects is made. The aim is to promote innovations at the...
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The Horizon2020 project POWER4BIO “EmPOWERing Regional Stakeholders for Realising the Full Potential of European BIOeconomy” started in October 2018 and aims at supporting regions in the transition towards a bio-based economy. In doing so, POWER4BIO focuses...
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Green Chemistry, sustainability and circular economy are more crucial topics than ever and innovative strength in these areas is one of the most important competencies of successful chemical companies. For years, Chemie-Cluster and Umweltcluster Bayern have...
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Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy

The Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy has been funding the Chemie-Cluster Bayern since 2006 in the course of its Cluster Initiative Bavaria On behalf of the Ministry, we promote networking between companies of the chemical sector and cooperation between industry and science. In addition, we support companies in their development in the areas of innovation and market development. We offer advice and support to the Ministry on strategic issues and on its activities e.g. in internationalisation.

Since 2013, our contact office “ConTact” for the initiation of R&D projects has been integrated at the University of Bayreuth where it is assigned to the polymer and colloid sciences profile field. The contact office supports the initiation and realisation of R&D projects, both in academic and industrial environments. The project contents range from pure research projects to product-related developments. ConTact also gives advice on funding opportunities and helps to find suitable project partners.

Chemie-Cluster Bayern is working in close, operative coordination with the Bavarian chemical associations. Our work can be understood as a project-oriented addition to the VCI/VBCI’s activities and primarily includes the areas of innovation management and market development.

At the beginning of this year, Chemie-Cluster Bayern and TUM Campus Straubing have established the second “ConTact” office in Straubing. Similar to the contact point in Bayreuth, the office supports the initiation and realisation of R&D projects.

Cluster Advisory Board

Dr. Günter von Au

Cluster Spokesperson

Wolfgang A. Herrmann

Cluster Spokesperson

Dr. Markus Born

Bayerische Chemieverbände e.V.

Dr. Christian Patermann

Former director of the European Commission

Monika Rauh

Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs
and Media, Energy and Technology

Prof. Dr. Hans-Achim Reimann

Ansbach University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Schmidt

Universität Bayreuth

Franz Xaver Völkl

Bayerische Chemieverbände e.V. ehem.

Dr. Hans Jürgen Wernicke

DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V.