Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS

What’s in plastic waste? New options for analyzing plastic waste

Plastics have become indispensable to our everyday lives. Lubey AG and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS from Halle (Saale) would like to develop a process that enables better analysis of plastics and plastic mixtures and can thus improve the possibilities for recycling.

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Quality testing and material development: Fraunhofer IMWS supports the fight against the coronavirus pandemic

The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS is using its materials expertise to help combat the COVID 19 pandemic. The institute is currently working together with nine other Fraunhofer institutes across Germany on the development of novel protective textiles.

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New methods for failure analysis of electronic components and systems

More reliability of electronic components and systems by reducing the failure rate along the value chain: With this goal, 75 partners from 14 European countries are working together under the leadership of Infineon Technologies AG in the research project "IREL 4.0". In it, the Fraunhofer IMWS is developing new concepts and methods for physical failure analysis and the creation of failure models.

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Individual LED lamp for visually handicapped people

An LED light whose color spectrum is adapted to the needs of people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or retinopathia pigmentosa (RP) can improve the quality of life of those affected. In the "MakULA - Make Your Light Adapted" project, the Fraunhofer Application Center Soest and the Department of Electrical Power Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Südwestfalen aim to develop such a solution.

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How Do We Want to Run Our Economy and Production?

The sewage treatment plant becomes a vegetable farm, biobased substances recovered from waste prevent oxidative spoilage in food packaging or provide water-repellent coatings on functional textiles that do not harm humans or the environment. In the EVOBIO project, 19 Fraunhofer institutes are working on solutions for a sustainable economy.

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Self-organizing peptide is proven to strengthen dental enamel: Award for University of Marburg and Fraunhofer IMWS

Fixed braces can lead to a stronger demineralization of enamel at their edges. A combination of peptide P11-4 and fluoride can help to prevent this, according to a study by the University of Marburg and the Fraunhofer Institute IMWS.

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Efficient sandwich lightweight structures with high surface quality

Fibre-reinforced plastics and the sandwich construction method allow enormous weight savings in the implementation of highly resilient structural components. Together with the Fraunhofer Institute IMWS, four companies are developing solutions and processes for production and quality control.

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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.