Fraunhofer Materials

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 MATERIALS

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News

6.5.2019

Project BioSensing – detecting pathogens using quantum technology

Safe diagnoses of diseases, identification of multidrug-resistant germs, detection of beginning epidemics at an early stage or detection of toxins and pathogens in drinking water and food in even the lowest concentrations – these are major challenges and goals of current research programs. One of the most promising tools for these tasks are novel and considerably improved biosensors. The project “BioSensing” of the Fraunhofer Institutes for Silicate Research ISC and for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME and the Leiden University, Institute of Physics aims to overcome the limits of modern biosensors with the help of quantum technology.
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30.4.2019

Practical test passed: Shark skin varnish increases the electricity yield of wind turbines

Wind power is an important element to achieve sustainability in energy supply. Within the EU project "Riblet4Wind", a team of seven project partners faced the challenge of making the aerodynamics of wind turbines more efficient. One approach was to reduce air resistance. In aircraft construction, it was shown that the functional coating developed at Fraunhofer IFAM with microscopically small grooves – called riblet paint – reduces air resistance and saves fuel. The scientists took advantage of this know-how and adapted the technology to the rotor blades of a wind turbine. The tests under real conditions yielded promising results.
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30.4.2019

Fraunhofer WKI expands capacities for emission testing

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI, is setting standards: Through the addition of a newly opened hall with ten specially developed large test chambers, the institute has significantly expanded its capacities for the emission testing of complete products, thereby becoming a worldwide unique service location. In these test chambers, the scientists measure the emissions from objects such as furniture or electronic devices as well as from building materials in indoor areas.
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30.4.2019

Material inspection made easy: Fraunhofer scientists develop universally applicable broadband eddy current electronics

Current developments in the field of industry 4.0 such as the digitalization of production plants and processes provide massive new challenges to nondestructive inspection technologies. Fraunhofer IZFP scientists in Saarbrücken have developed a novel eddy current platform, which is able to operate currently necessary interfaces. As a consequence, the platform can easily be integrated into digitization concepts. As part of a multimodal electronics series, experts from this Saarland research institute present the inspECT-PRO eddy current platform at the 33rd Control in Stuttgart from 7 to 10 May 2019 (hall 6, booth 6301).
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Ralf B.  Wehrspohn

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Prof. Dr. Ralf B.  Wehrspohn

Chairman of the Group

Fraunhofer-Institut für Mikrostruktur von Werkstoffen und Systemen IMWS
Walter-Hülse-Straße 1
06120 Halle (Saale)

Bernd  Mayer

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Prof. Dr. Bernd  Mayer

Deputy Chairman of the Group

Fraunhofer-Institut für Fertigungstechnik und Angewandte Materialforschung IFAM
Wiener Straße 12
28359 Bremen

Ursula Eul

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Dr. phil. nat. Ursula Eul

Head of central office

Fraunhofer-Institut für Betriebsfestigkeit und Systemzuverlässigkeit
Bartningstr. 47
64289 Darmstadt

Phone +49 6151 705-262

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