Fraunhofer Materials

The Fraunhofer Group MATERIALS

The Fraunhofer Group MATERIALS integrates the expertise of 15 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.  

 

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News

30.5.2017

Center Smart Materials CeSMa erhält SilverStar Förderpreis 2017 für innovativen Druckmessstrumpf

Anlässlich des Diabetes-Kongresses der Deutschen Diabetes Gesellschaft wurde am 24. Mai 2017 in Hamburg der SilverStar Förderpreis für besondere Projekte verliehen, die zu einer Verbesserung der Lebensqualität älterer Menschen mit Diabetes beitragen. Dieses Jahr geht der Preis an das Center Smart Materials CeSMa des Fraunhofer-Instituts für Silicatforschung ISC in Würzburg für einen innovativen Druckmessstrumpf, der Diabetiker im Alltag unterstützen soll.

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30.5.2017

Wind energy now on par with nuclear energy

»Wind energy has become an integral part of the energy supply. A new milestone for the transformation of energy supply systems was reached last year with renewable energy now accounting for 29 percent of the gross energy consumption. That is more than the conventional nuclear and brown coal power plants. With 80 TWh, wind energy’s contribution to the gross German energy generation is now 12.4 percent whilst nuclear energy lies at 13 percent. Energy production with offshore wind energy plants is gathering speed« says Prof Dr Kurt Rohrig, editor of the new »Germany Wind Energy Report 2016« published by the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy Systems Technology in Kassel, as he outlines the significance of wind energy.

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4.5.2017

Fraunhofer IWES and the German Meteorological Service with new models for more accurate weather and energy forecasts

Storm or calm, dark clouds or blue skies - wind turbines and photovoltaic systems supply more or less energy to the grid depending on weather conditions. A big challenge for transmission grid operators is having to forecast the amount of supplied energy as accurately as possible in order to maintain a stable grid. Fraunhofer IWES in Kassel, together with the German Meteorological Service (DWD) in Offenbach, has thus developed mathematical models as part of the EWeLiNE project, which enables significantly improved predictions than the traditional procedure. The partners have now completed the BMWi sponsored project which started at the end 2012.

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27.4.2017

Nose2Brain – Better Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

Over the next few years, in a research project funded by the EU, an international consortium is developing a new technology for a better treatment of multiple sclerosis. The idea of the innovative “Nose2Brain” approach is to transport a special active substance directly through the nose into the central nervous system. For this purpose, the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB is working on an active ingredient formulation which is introduced direct into the Regio olfactoria by means of a special applicator and which can release the active ingredient there over a prolonged period of time.

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Peter Elsner

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Elsner

Chairman of the Group

Fraunhofer-Institut für Chemische Technologie ICT
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 7
76327  Pfinztal

Ralf B.  Wehrspohn

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Prof. Dr. Ralf B.  Wehrspohn

Deputy Chairman of the Group

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

Ursula Eul

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Dr. phil. nat. Ursula Eul

Central Office

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

Phone +49 6151 705-262