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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Pixelated Phosphors

Phosphor-filled silicon structures allow for much greater spatial resolution and better contrast behavior than conventionally used phosphors. These innovative structures are being developed at the Fraunhofer Application Center for Inorganic Phosphors in Soest, in collaboration with the Fraunhofer ISIT.

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Fraunhofer PAZ expands

Around 1,000 square meters of additional usable space will be created and equipped with state-of-the-art machines.

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Ralf Wehrspohn is the New Chairman of the Fraunhofer Group MATERIALS

The Fraunhofer Group for Materials and Components – MATERIALS has a new Chairman: Prof. Ralf B. Wehrspohn, Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, is assuming this position as of today.

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Preimpregnated laminates reinforced with flax fiber create ecological and economic efficiencies

In Poland, the development of a new quality of composites based on flax fiber under the Celpreg project will increase the demand for flax, which will positively affect the economic stimulation of the natural fibers sector.

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New effusion measuring station put into operation

Fraunhofer CSP starts up an effusion measuring station for solar cells.

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Think Tank for Structural Change

Saxony-Anhalt’s Minister President Haseloff and Fraunhofer President Neugebauer visit the Center for Economics of Materials CEM.

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Optimized synthetic thermoplastics for 3D printing

The Fraunhofer IMWS and Brightlands Materials Center want to optimize fiber-reinforced thermoplastics to make them suited for 3D printing.

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Lighthouse Project "Critically or Rare Earths completed

For a more efficient use of these valuable elements, eight Fraunhofer Institutes have developed new solutions in a now completed joint project.

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Fraunhofer IMWS and OCP Group strengthen cooperation

Mainstreaming Green Hydrogen and Green Ammonia as raw materials for the fertilizer industry: With this goal in mind, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) and the OCP Group of Morocco, the world's largest exporter of phosphates, will cooperate even more closely in the future.

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New standards in lightweight construction

Fraunhofer PAZ and KraussMaffei Berstorff start UD tape line in Schkopau on 3rd May.

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Fraunhofer’s CARBONTRANS Pilot Plant Receives Funding

The state of Saxony-Anhalt has decided to fund construction of the CARBONTRANS pilot plant in Leuna. The plant will carry out material recycling of carbon carriers.

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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.


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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