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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Like balsam on a wound

The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS is developing new biomaterials for dermal application in the project »SkinNext«. The researchers in Halle use the unique properties of the natural fibre proteins elastin and collagen for this.

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Ralph Gottschalg takes the lead of Fraunhofer CSP

Prof. Ralph Gottschalg is to become the new head of the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP in Halle (Saale). The physicist comes from Loughborough University/England. At the same time, Gottschalg will take up a professorship in the field of photovoltaic energy systems at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences.

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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.



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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