Researchers discover unique polymer fibres

Nummer 202/2019 vom 13. Dezember 2019 Strong and tough yet as light as a feather – materials with this exceptional combination of properties are urgently needed in many industrial sectors and in medicine, as well as being of great interest for scientific research. A research team from the University of Bayreuth, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and other partners in Germany, China, and Switzerland, has now developed a formula for the easy-to-handle preparation of polymer fibres with precisely these properties.

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Hamed Hanifi from Fraunhofer CSP honored for »Best Student Oral Presentation« at IC-SEWEN19

At the International Conference on Sustainable Energy-Water-Environment (IC-SEWEN 19) in Qatar, Hamed Hanifi from the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Pho-tovoltaic CSP was awarded for the "Best Student Oral Presentation" in the conference’s energy track.

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Periodontal disease: Patent for new treatment method

New biodegradable rods promise to provide better treatment for periodontal disease. Researchers from the Institute of Pharmacy at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have re-combined an already approved active ingredient and filed for a patent for their invention together with two Fraunhofer Institutes from Halle.

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Large electrolyzer Leuna winner in the ideas competition Real-World Laboratories of the Energy Revolution

Today in Berlin, Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier selected “GreenHydroChem Central Germany” as one of the winners in the “Real-world Laboratories of the Energy Revolution” ideas competition of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

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Step towards a fully adaptive light system based on laser light sources

HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA, one of the world's leading automotive suppliers of light and electronics, and the Fraunhofer Application Center for Inorganic Phosphors in Soest, Germany, worked together on a possible future lighting system based on a laser light source.

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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 wins awards at the world’s leading electronics conference held in Las Vegas

Better ways to operate power electronic components at particularly high temperatures and a new procedure for the non-destructive assessment of their joining layers: For these discoveries, experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS received awards at the Electronic Components Technology Conference (ECTC) in Las Vegas.

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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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