Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS

Digitaldruck Entwicklung Farben
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Rasterelektronenmikroskopische Aufnahme eines erzeugten Pixelfeldes bei Digitaldruck in der Farbe Schwarz auf PVC mit Haftvermittler.

Improved inks for industrial digital printing#

High-performance printing inks for industrial digital printing are the goal of a joint research project between Printing Inks Technology GmbH (PIT GmbH) and the Fraunhofer IMWS.

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Die Verbesserung der Langzeitstabilität fotografischer Filme wurde im Projekt durch die Optimierung ihrer Haftung und den antimikrobiellen Eigenschaften erreicht.

Optimized microfilms with antimicrobial properties for secure long-term data storage #

The Fraunhofer IMWS and FilmoTec GmbH Bitterfeld-Wolfen have developed a new technology that improves the resistance of microfilms to mechanical and biochemical environmental influences and thus increases their long-term stability.

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TotalEnergies, Sunfire and Fraunhofer give the go-ahead for green methanol in Leuna#

TotalEnergies announced the launch of the e-CO2Met project at the Hydrogen Lab Leuna together with the electrolyser manufacturer Sunfire, the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP and the Fraunhofer Institute IMWS. Methanol can be produced from low-carbon hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide, which is an important approach to reducing climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions.

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Um Elektronik sicher und zuverlässig einzusetzen, muss man nachvollziehen können, was sie macht und wie sie aufgebaut ist.

Networking platform for trusted electronics#

In order to use electronics safely and reliably, it must be possible to trace where they come from, whether they function properly and that no backdoors for so-called hardware Trojans are built in. The platform project "Velektronik", in which the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) is involved, aims to develop new solution concepts for all areas of electronics development and manufacturing.

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Inbetriebnahme Hydrogen Lab Leuna
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Von links nach rechts: Gerd Unkelbach (Leiter Fraunhofer CBP), Prof. Dr. Matthias Petzold (Leiter Fraunhofer IMWS), Dr. Markus Wolperdinger (Leiter Fraunhofer IGB), Joachim Heider (Leiter Vertriebs-region Nordost, Linde Gas), Thomas Behrends (TOTAL Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland GmbH), Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer (Präsident der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft), Dr. Sylvia Schattauer (stv. Leiterin Fraunhofer IMWS) Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt (Leiter Fraunhofer IMW), Willi Frantz (TOTAL Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland GmbH).

Hydrogen Lab Leuna starts operation#

Hydrogen Lab Leuna is the first pilot plant for testing and scaling electrolysis systems to be fully integrated into a chemical park.

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"Waste4Future" paves new ways for plastics recycling#

Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer IMWS, seven institutions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are pooling their competencies in the lead project "Waste4Future" to develop new solutions for the recycling of carbon-containing waste.

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Photovoltaikpanels im Solarpark

Global data on photovoltaics#

An international data platform should make it possible to optimize photovoltaic solutions even better for specific climatic regions. Fraunhofer CSP is one of the founding members of "PV CAMPER".

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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.

Health Care

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.


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

Optical Materials

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

Carbon Conversion

Using new technologies, we are working on the efficient, resource-saving, and climate-neutral use of carbon resources.