Fraunhofer Materials

The Fraunhofer Group MATERIALS integrates the expertise of 16 Fraunhofer Institutes working in the field of materials science.

Fraunhofer materials research covers the entire value chain, from new material development and improvement of existing materials through manufacturing technology on a quasi-industrial scale, to the characterization of properties and assessment of service behavior. The same research scope applies to the components made from these materials and the way they function in systems. In all these fields, experimental studies in laboratories and technical institutes are supplemented by equally important numerical simulation and modelling techniques – across all scales, from individual molecules up to components and process simulation. As far as materials are concerned, the Fraunhofer MATERIALS group covers the full spectrum of metals, inorganic non-metals, polymers and materials made from renewable resources, as well as semiconductor materials.  

The Group's expertise is concentrated specifically in the fields of energy and environment, mobility, health, machine and plant construction, building construction and living, microsystems technology and safety.  Innovative systems are developed using materials and components customized for specific applications, and based on the assessment of the behavior of a material or component under specific conditions of use. Strategic forecasts promote the development of novel, future-oriented materials and technologies.  


Tech Transfer Conference Stage I Halle 2

Create innovation, protect the environment. By lightweight construction!

24. April I 2.00 pm - 2.45 pm

  • Fraunhofer Research Field Lightweight Construction: From Concept to Product, CUSTOMISED EXPERTISE FROM 14 INSTITUTES
    Dr. Michael Luke, Fraunhofer IWM
  • Sustainable lightweight design processes for structural automotive parts
    Dr. Tobias Joppich, Fraunhofer ICT
  • Wind turbine towers made of wood - for more sustainability in energy generation
    M. Sc. Malte Mérono, Fraunhofer WKI


The 5th Lightweighting Summit ( of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action (BMWK) will open on April 23, 2024 at 2:00 pm and will be dedicated to the topic of transformation technologies for the resource transition with several top-class keynotes, a diverse panel discussion and a subsequent pitch format of innovative research projects.

at 2:15 pm Keynote I: Resources transition: lightweighting as a factor for competitiveness Professor Dr.-Ing. Holger Hanselka, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft


Fraunhofer IMM / 20.2.2024

New e-fuels project to make int. shipping climate neutral

Transport and trade on the ocean blue must be made much greener. This is the goal of the new €17 million European GAMMA project, where companies and researchers from Europe will develop and convert a bulk carrier to sail on climate-neutral fuels and green power.


Fraunhofer IWU / 7.12.2023

Thrust for Hybrid Electric Flying

Several Fraunhofer Institutes and the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg, under the leadership of Rolls-Royce Germany and other partners such as the research institution ACCESS, are collaborating on the future of hybrid electric flying.


Fraunhofer IAP / 4.12.2023

Inspired by mussels: printable adhesives for tissues and bones

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute IAP have been working alongside the Fraunhofer Institute IGB and the Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation CMI to develop a tissue adhesive that can help avoid early replacement of prostheses in the future.



Fraunhofer IKTS / 30.11.2023

Vitamins from the roof

Today, fruit and vegetables are transported thousands of kilometers to Germany. A team at Fraunhofer IKTS now wants to bring horticulture to the cities with efficient and compact water, energy and gas management – and thereby strengthen regional self-sufficiency.


Fraunhofer IFAM / 7.11.2023

Bioactive composite supports healing of broken bones

A broken bone failing to heal represents an enormous burden for patients, which also often leads to further additional surgeries being required. Fraunhofer researchers have worked alongside partners to develop a composite material to be used in the treatment of such non union cases.


Fraunhofer IWES / 26.9.2023

Online game brings green hydrogen research to life

The production of green hydrogen at sea researched in the H2Mare Flagship Project can now be experienced in the form of a browser game. In »Offshore - the H2Mare Game«, players can build their own offshore wind park, produce green hydrogen and test the future technologies researched in the project on screen.


Fraunhofer IFAM / 19.9.2023

Sustainable zinc-ion batteries

Stationary energy storage systems aiming to relieve the public power grid during peak loads play an important role in the implementation the energy transition. Zinc-ion batteries have been the focus of attention for these and other applications for some time - but so far without commercial success.


Fraunhofer IAP / 22.8.2023

Novel anion-conducting membranes for electrolysis

How to produce hydrogen cost-effectively and sustainably is one of the central questions of the energy transition. Highly conductive membranes for electrolyzers are a key component of hydrogen technology.


Fraunhofer IBP / 1.8.2023

A simulation model to counter the climate collapse

As climate change progresses, extreme weather events such as prolonged hot spells, storms and heavy rain are occurring ever more frequently, and cities are feeling the strain.


Fraunhofer IAP / 21.3.2023

EU project SUNREY

Making perovskite solar cells more sustainable, efficient and durable – these are the goals pursued by 13 European partners in the project SUNREY.


Fraunhofer MATERIALS



Peter Gumbsch

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Prof. Dr. Peter Gumbsch

Chairman of the Group

Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM
Wöhlerstraße 11
79108 Freiburg

Bernd  Mayer

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Prof. Dr. Bernd Mayer

Deputy Chairman of the Group

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM
Wiener Straße 12
28359 Bremen

Ursula  Eul

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Dr. phil. nat Ursula Eul

Head of central office

Fraunhofer Group for Materials and Components - MATERIALS
Bartningstraße 47
64289 Darmstadt

Phone +49 6151 705-262

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