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 IWKS / 12.4.2022


Anke Weidenkaff, executive director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies (IWKS) in Germany and a professor at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, was selected for the first Karl Böer Renewable Energy Mid-Career Award.


Fraunhofer IKTS / 11.4.2022

How glass learns to illuminate itself and create heat

Glass objects which glow in the dark, glass containers that heat up and cool down, or glass control knobs and switches that eliminate viruses and bacteria by themselves – all this seems to completely contradict our everyday experience of what glass can do.


Fraunhofer LBF / 5.4.2022

LBF_„InCeight Casting C8“: Proceedings available free of charge, CfP for second congress ongoing

From 6 to 8 March 2023 the second congress »InCeight Casting C8« will take place in Darmstadt. The Call for Papers is open until May 15, 2022.



Fraunhofer WKI / 4.4.2022

Superwood – Recyclable wood-fiber panels with casein binder for architecture and furniture manufacture

With support from the Fraunhofer WKI, designer Sofia Souidi has developed wood-based panels made from wood fibers and casein.


Fraunhofer IZFP / 9.3.2022

Innovative artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to shorten aircraft development times

The ”F-REE” (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft RapidEF Enablers) project is working to develop and optimize innovative AI processes for use in industrial environments.


Fraunhofer IZFP / 23.2.2022

New Fraunhofer Center for Sensor Intelligence in Saarland

Saarland’s Minister President Tobias Hans and the President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, signed an agreement today to establish the Fraunhofer Center for Sensor Intelligence.


Fraunhofer ISE / 9.2.2022

Deep-in cost analysis for water electrolysis systems

To provide the necessary transparency in the discussion on the investment costs of water electrolysis, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has set up a bottom-up cost model and performed a cost study on behalf of the NGO Clean Air Task Force (CATF).


Fraunhofer IWS / 27.1.2022

Functionalization of fiber-reinforced plastic composites by means of thermal spraying

Functionalized fiber-reinforced plastic composites are to replace metals – that is the goal of the team headed by Manuel Reif. The researcher from the Thermal Spraying group has now been awarded the Oerlikon Metco Young Professionals Award for his research in lightweight construction.


Fraunhofer IFAM / 26.1.2022

Disinfected with light

Avoiding transmission routes via contaminated surfaces is an important part. It is known that photocatalytically active coatings reduce the microbial load. In order to increase the efficiency of this light-driven reaction, a novel active composition was developed and introduced into materials within the "Covid-DEKONT" project.



Fraunhofer IGB / 17.1.2022

Turning harmful CO2 into useful chemicals

Making important raw materials for fine chemicals out of carbon dioxide really works.



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 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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