Inspired by the gecko: Better adhesion properties of plastics
With a patented process for micro-nano-structuring, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) has achieved significant improvements in the adhesion properties of polymers.
Lightweight construction, efficient and fit for series production thanks to sandwich structures with thermoplastic materials
The flap, made from thermoplastic sandwich semi-finished products, demonstrates the enormous potential for saving weight with thermoplastic sandwich molding technology and its suitability both for molded components and for use in large-scale production.
From train carriages to medical devices: solutions for quality-assured 3D printing with plastics
Establishing Central Germany as a "3D printing region", opening up new fields of application and making additive manufacturing with thermoplastics eco-nomically viable for small and medium-sized enterprises: With this goal in mind, 15 partners have joined forces in the "AddiQ" project.
Highly resilient and recyclable UD tapes made from stereocomplex PLA
High-performance technical fibers are used in various applications, but they are often made from fossil raw materials and are not biodegradable. This is where the "scPLA-UD-Tape" project of the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence „Circular Plastics Economy CCPE” comes in, with the aim of creating intrinsically reinforced materials for lightweight construction that are highly resilient, biodegradable and significantly easier to recycle.
Scalable solutions for green hydrogen production in South Africa
The recently started "HySecunda" project aims to find optimized solutions for producing, storing and certifying green hydrogen. Nine Fraunhofer institutes and the Fraunhofer Academy contribute their competences.
The most important project results, facts and figures about the institute, interviews with managers and videos about our research activities - the Fraunhofer IMWS is presenting all of this on a special website for the first time.
More efficient solar cells: Stefan Lange receives Heinz Bethge Prize for Materials Science
Stefan Lange from the Fraunhofer CSP in Halle (Saale) has been awarded the Heinz Bethge Prize for Materials Science, worth 500 euros, by the Heinz Bethge Foundation for Applied Electron Microscopy for his dissertation entitled "Parasitic oxides at buried interfaces in modern silicon solar cells".
Novel encapsulation and backsheet films for extreme durability of photovoltaic modules
The quality and manufacturing of the encapsulation and backsheet films play an important role in the reliability of a solar module. Together with partners, the Fraunhofer CSP is investigating new types of encapsulation and backsheet films for PV modules that should have a service life of at least 40 years.
Better thermal management for semiconductor chips: Nils Jonas Ziegeler receives Best Paper Award
Dr. Nils Jonas Ziegeler has received the Best Paper Award at the international "Therminic 2023" workshop in Budapest for his work in the field of thermal management of opto-mechatronic systems. The findings of the physicist, who works at the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences and the Fraunhofe AWZ in Soest, can contribute to the improved development of high-performance headlights and rear lights.
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.