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.  



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 IFAM Bremen / 20.3.2023

Fraunhofer IFAM establishes "Offshore Drone Campus" as new location in Cuxhaven

With the "Offshore Drone Campus Cuxhaven – ODCC for short", Fraunhofer IFAM is creating a test and development infrastructure for unmanned aircraft systems for offshore use.



Fraunhofer ISE / 19.1.2023

Non-residential Buildings as Flexible Players in the Energy System

The building sector offers great potential for reducing primary energy demand, which the German government aims to halve by 2050 compared with 2008.


Fraunhofer WKI und Fraunhofer IAP / 18.1.2023

Bio-based flame retardants for bioplastics in electrical engineering and electronics

Researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI and the Fraunhofer IAP, in collaboration with industrial partners, have achieved initial success in the development of bio-based flame retardants in bioplastics.


Fraunhofer ISE / 11.10.2022

Kalyon and Fraunhofer ISE Sign MoU for Research on Integrated Photovoltaics and PV Storage Technologies

Cooperation in the field of agrivoltaics as well as in other...


Fraunhofer EMI / 4.10.2022

Crash test dummies for e-scooters

Practical and environmentally friendly, e-scooters offer great flexibility. It is no wonder that more and more people are using this form of transport. However, this rise in popularity has been accompanied by an increase in accidents resulting in severe injuries. The risk associated with these speedy runabouts is widely underestimated.



Fraunhofer IWS / 21.9.2022

Sandblasting with Light

Fraunhofer IWS developed a laser technology to clean and structure surfaces particularly quickly while protecting the environment.


Fraunhofer IFAM / 16.9.2022

InnoTrans 2022 – Mobile cleaning and disinfection robot frees rail vehicles from dirt & pathogens

Applied research at InnoTrans 2022 in Berlin, Germany: As part of the “Fraunhofer vs. Corona” program, the automation and production technology experts at Fraunhofer IFAM in Stade, together with project partners, developed a prototype mobile robot platform which uses a lightweight robot and steam cleaner to clean and disinfect surfaces of objects in public transport (PT) vehicles with constant quality in an environmentally friendly manner.


Fraunhofer IKTS / 15.9.2022

cerenergy® – ceramic solid-state battery is commercialized

The Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS and the Altech Group establish the joint venture Altech Batteries GmbH to commercialize the ceramic solid-state battery cerenergy® developed at Fraunhofer IKTS.


Fraunhofer IMM / 17.8.2022

Flow chemistry – Contributing to a sustainable chemistry

Fraunhofer Institute for Microengineering and Microsystems IMM works on designing more sustainable chemical production processes using its technology portfolio based on (micro)structured reactors, Flow Chemistry and Process Intensification. Electrochemical synthesis also plays a role.


Fraunhofer IBP / 1.8.2022

FastDry® wall-drying technology is quick, quiet and energy-efficient

Until now, noisy and power-guzzling building dryers have normally been the only way of repairing water damage to apartments from leaking pipes or following heavy rain and flooding. The “FastDry”® technology developed by Fraunhofer researchers requires significantly less energy and works at least as quickly as conventional systems.


Fraunhofer IFAM Bremen / 25.7.2022

Powder kit for more flexibility and material diversity in 3D printing

Powder-based laser beam melting (LPPF) is probably the best-known AM process and has great potential for industrial applications. But how can the limited range of materials for this process be circumvented and the market potential further expanded?


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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