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 2018, 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.

The Team

Dr. Patrick Prühs
Managing Director
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Dr. Stefanie Vogel
Head of Project Development & Funding
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Dr. Theresa Dörres
Head of Technology & Sustainability Management
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Dr. Matthias Scholz
Head of ConTact TUM Campus Straubing
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Johanna Rieß
Project Management
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Dr. Tobias Schwarzmüller
Head of Technology Scouting & Business Development
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Sabine Reising
Project Lead Bioeconomy and Innovation
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Georg Weig
Innovation Management & Marketing
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Dr. Ting Liu
Head of Project Management Funded Projects
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Dr. Kerstin Schindler
Consultant Funding & Business
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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 www.cluster-bayern.de. 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.

RCI is an organisation for all companies working in and on renewable chemicals and materials – plastics, composites, fibres and other products can be produced either from biomass, directly via CO2 utilisation, or recycling. RCI members profit from a unique network of pioneers in the sustainable chemical industry, creating a common voice for the renewable carbon economy.

Renewable Carbon entails all carbon sources that avoid or substitute the use of any additional fossil carbon from the geosphere. Renewable carbon can come from the biosphere, atmosphere or technosphere – but not from the geosphere. Renewable carbon circulates between biosphere, atmosphere or technosphere, creating a carbon circular economy.

The aim of the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) is to support and speed up the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon for all organic chemicals and materials. RCI addresses the core problem of climate change, which is extracting and using additional fossil carbon from the ground that will eventually end up in the atmosphere. Companies are encouraged to focus on phasing out fossil resources and to use renewable carbon instead. The initiative wants to drive this message, initiating further actions by bringing stakeholders together, providing information and shaping policy to strive for a climate-neutral circular economy.

[More Information about Renewable Carbon Initiative]


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.