European HITACHI-Workshop at Fraunhofer IMWS

The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS expands its range of microstructure diagnostics with Hitachi's HF5000 field emission transmission electron microscope. The presentation of the new microscope took place during a workshop in Halle (Saale).

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Fraunhofer IMWS supports European research project Power2Power

3 partners from eight countries are researching and developing innovative power semiconductors with more power density and energy efficiency: With this goal, the European research project Power2Power, which has a duration of three years and is coordinated by Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH & Co. KG, has just begun.

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A look at optical materials: The new line of business at Fraunhofer IMWS

Improved lenses, new laser-processing systems, tailored glass ceramics: With the new line of business ‘Optical Materials and Technologies’ , the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS is expanding its offerings.

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Prof. Ralf B. Wehrspohn elected Executive Vice President, Technology Marketing and Business Models

Prof. Wehrspohn, who will take up his position on the Executive Board on October 1, 2019, is a successful physicist and expert in materials research. He is currently Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle and Professor of Microstructured Material Design at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg.

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Positive conclusion: Fraunhofer AWZ established as an important partner for the lighting and illumination industry

In the future, the Fraunhofe AWZ in Soest will also contribute to strengthening the future viability and competitiveness of the lighting and illumination industry. This is the result of an evaluation of the research facility, which was founded in 2013.

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Digitization boosts quality control: Fraunhofer CSP to present new approaches at Intersolar

The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP presents innovative contributions to quality control in the solar industry at the Intersolar trade fair from 15.-17. May 2019 in Munich.

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Workshop on the sustainable use of domestic carbon resources

Technology development can contribute significantly to an efficient and environmentally friendly use of domestic carbon resources. This is the result of a two-day workshop with participants from China, Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany, which took place at the invitation of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Berlin.

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OCP Group and Fraunhofer IMWS sign a partnership agreement for the creation of a world-class research laboratory in Morocco

The Fraunhofer IMWS in Halle (Saale) and the Fraunhofer IGB in Stuttgart, Straubing and Leuna are intensifying their cooperation with partners in Morocco.

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Fraunhofer IMWS awarded as ‘Innovator of the Year’

For the first time, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) has made it into the ranking of the most innovative companies and research institutions in Germany.

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Light Provides Energy

Together with Polaravior® UG, the Fraunhofer Application Center for Inorganic Phosphors is developing an LED lamp that can help treat depression.

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Areas of Research



We analyze the properties of microelectronics and microsystem technology components and thus increase the reliability and performance, for example, of computer chips and sensors.



We open up new potential for the use of polymers - for example, as lightweight construction materials for the automotive and aviation industry, in efficient tyres or as plastics made of renewable raw materials.


Medicine and Environment

How good are the materials used in medical engineering and biotechnology? How can cosmetic care products be improved? What can materials made from natural materials achieve? We find out.



We use our top expertise to improve technology, from wafer manufacture to module production. We develop new materials to make photovoltaics more cost effective, more efficient and more reliable.



We work on the latest generation of lighting technology and improve the reliability, efficiency and color stability of LEDs.


Chemical Conversion

Using material diagnostic methods, we analyze and characterize components used in hydrogen production and storage.


Optical Materials and Technologies

We drive innovations for microstructure-based optimization of optical materials and coatings, as well as for laser processing technologies used in industrial applications.

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