Fraunhofer Materials

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The Fraunhofer Group 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.  



Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 2.9.2021

Environmentally friendly manufacture of battery electrodes

Conventional processes for manufacturing battery electrodes involve mostly toxic solvents and require a lot of space and energy. This is not the case with DRYtraec® – a new dry-coating process developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS.



Fraunhofer IBP / 1.9.2021

Watch out, mold: Fraunhofer solution simulates bamboo’s response to moisture when used in construction

As a rapidly growing renewable raw material, bamboo is an ideal substitute for wood.  


Fraunhofer ITWM / 20.3.2021

Targeted Aid in the Event of a Disaster

A team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM in Kaiserslautern is developing software that will get humanitarian aid to the right destination faster. To do this, they use drone images that are evaluated in real time with artificial intelligence (AI).


Fraunhofer IWM / 18.8.2021

Interaction between DLC coatings and ZDDP lubricant: it all depends on the right hardness!


In combustion engines, in plain bearings and in aerospace: diamond-like carbon coatings (DLC) reduce friction and wear in frictional contacts.


Fraunhofer ISE / 29.6.2021

Record Efficiency of 68.9% for GaAs Thin Film Photovoltaic Cell Under Laser Light

At the 48th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE recently presented how they were able to achieve a record conversion efficiency of 68.9% with a photovoltaic cell under monochromatic laser light.



Fraunhofer IWU / 28.6.2021

Bang & Olufsen High-Resolution Audio Products use Fraunhofer IIS LC3plus Audio Codec

LC3plus is currently the most advanced solution that com-bines high-resolution audio with low delay.


Fraunhofer IMWS, IZFP, IWKS, LBF / 4.5.2021

Today's waste becomes tomorrow's resource: "Waste4Future" paves new ways for plastics recycling

A sustainable society with climate-neutral processes requires significant adjustments in the value chains, which are only possible through innovations. Seven Fraunhofer Institutes are pooling their expertise in the lighthouse project "Waste4Future" to develop new solutions for this goal.


Fraunhofer ISE / 27.4.2021

The Center for High Efficiency Solar Cells – Fraunhofer ISE Inaugurates New Lab Building

In order to maintain and strengthen its global leadership position in solar energy research, Fraunhofer ISE has now gained a new laboratory building, which was funded in equal parts by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF and the State of Baden-Württemberg.



Fraunhofer IKTS / 23.4.2021

Prof. Ingolf Voigt awarded the Böttger Badge by the German Ceramic Society

During the virtual annual conference of the German Ceramic Society e. V. (DKG), Prof. Ingolf Voigt, deputy institute director and site manager Hermsdorf at Fraunhofer IKTS, was awarded the Böttger Badge.



Fraunhofer IGB / 22.4.2021

AQUA-Hub − Fraunhofer IGB supports market development in India for water technologies "Made In Germany"

India's cities are growing rapidly and need an efficient infrastructure for supplying water and disposing of wastewater.


Fraunhofer IMWS / 20.4.2021

PV CAMPER platform generates photovoltaics data from diverse environments and climates worldwide


More data, more collaboration, more opportunities for photovoltaics .


Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 16.4.2021

Digital expert system in materials science being created

Scientists of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS at Dresden in cooperation with partners from research and industry are planning to create a virtual materials expert system.


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
Bartningstr. 47
64289 Darmstadt

Phone +49 6151 705-262

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