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 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 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 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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