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Research and development

Applied research at the cosmopolitan Green Tech University Hof ensures the updating of knowledge for teaching and develops solutions for the benefit of the economy.

The focus is on practical orientation, internationalization and intelligent use of resources. The university conducts research and development at several institutes.


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Our research institutes

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Institute for Biopolymers (ibp)

The focus of the Institute for Biopolymers (ibp) is on independence from petroleum-based products, the reduction of plastic waste, and the development of sustainable solutions in the field of plastics technology.

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Institute for Information Systems (iisys)

The Institute for Information Systems (iisys) is the central research institution for information technology at Hof University, focusing on integrated information systems for business processes. 

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Institute for Materials Science (ifm)

The Institute for Material Sciences (ifm) conducts research in the fields of surface technology, materials technology, mechanical engineering and design in addition to technical textiles.

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Institute for Water and Energy Management (iwe)

The Institute for Water and Energy Management (iwe) focuses on the initiation and implementation of application-oriented research and development projects in the core areas of water and energy and links these with the cross-sectional areas of digitalization and law.


Our team

The Research and Development team works under the leadership of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Valentin Plenk, the Vice President for Research and Development.

We are the first point of contact for internal and external inquiries concerning research, development and transfer.

Our primary task is to make the "Hof University - Home of Research" and its projects more widely known, as well as to ensure the transfer of knowledge from existing research projects to applications in the region. 

Feel free to contact us if you have a specific research idea or just want to exchange ideas with us first. We will clarify whether we are talking about contract research or a research and development cooperation - or perhaps something else. We are gladly available as discussion partners!