3D printed highly thermally conductive copper components as high-performance heatsinks

In a new project Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS together with the copper semi-finished products manufacturer KME, are going to explore the use of additive manufacturing technologies for highly thermally conductive components made of copper and copper alloys.

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ResRearch Project to Increase Converter Reliability Launched

Mid-April saw the virtual kick-off of the »power4re« research project. Five Fraunhofer institutes are working together alongside industry representatives to develop solutions aimed at improving the reliability and robustness of inverters in photovoltaic systems and frequency converters in wind turbines.

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Researchers discover unique polymer fibres

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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Interview with Dominik Lausch

“Digitalization is the key to the future!” At the Fraunhofer Institute for the Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) Dr. Dominik Lausch and his team have developed an innovative technology linking modern sensor technology with neuronal networks. Based on this work and together with his colleagues he founded DENKweit GmbH. In an interview he explains the idea behind the innovation – which is incredibly simple.

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Michael Kögel from the Fraunhofer IMWS honored at ISTFA 2019

For his work “Machine learning assisted signal analysis in Acoustic Microscopy for non-destructive defect identification” Michael Kögel from the Fraunhofer Institute for the Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) received the prize for the “Attendees‘ Best Paper” awarded by the international symposium ISTFA 2019 in Portland/USA.

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The Fraunhofer pioneering project MaNiTU develops materials for sustainable tandem solar cells

High-efficiency solar cells generate electricity cheaply while also taking up less space and consuming fewer resources. They also help promote the use of new products, such as electric vehicles, which can be charged from solar cells. However, the use of tandem solar cells made of several light-absorbing layers enables efficiencies to be increased to over 35%, which is why so much attention is being devoted to them in current solar cell research.

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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.

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