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 IWM / 15.10.2021

Localized growth of silicon crystals: Fraunhofer IWM presents the »Triboepitaxy« concept

Four scientists from Freiburg have succeeded for the first time to simulate the localized growth of silicon crystals using shear-induced amorphization and recrystallization.



Fraunhofer IWS Dresden / 1.10.2021

Clean air at all times

Metal processing with lasers and plasma releases many different pollutants into the ambient air. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS, together with partners, has developed a filter system that efficiently removes these substances from the air.


Fraunhofer IAP / 1.10.2021

New catalysts for fuel cells

Fuel cells are typically applied to generate electrical energy from hydrogen or methanol. Nanoscale catalysts get the process going - but until now, the quality of these materials has varied significantly. The CAN research division of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP eliminated these problems.


Fraunhofer IBP / 29.9.2021

Thomas Kirmayr in the podcast »Building Materials Insights«

Why Building Materials manufacturers shouldn’t wait for BIM to happen but make it happen themselves? – Thomas Kirmayr, General Manager of the Fraunhofer Building Innovation Alliance, talks about this in the openSAP podcast...


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 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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