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The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS conducts applied research into material efficiency and is an initiator, innovator and problem solver for the industry and public clients in the areas of the reliability, safety, life and functionality of materials in components and systems. The institute’s core competencies lie in the area of the characterization of materials down to the atomic scale and in material development.

The Fraunhofer IMWS is based on the Weinberg Campus in Halle (Saale), the second largest science park in eastern Germany. Two other establishments of the institute are located here in the immediate vicinity: the Fraunhofer Center for Applied Microstructure Diagnostics CAM and the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP.

In the ValuePark Schkopau the Fraunhofer IMWS, together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP, runs the Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Center for Polymer Synthesis and Processing PAZ. The Fraunhofer Application Center for Inorganic Phosphors is located in Soest. On the premises of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg we operate the branch for carbon cycle technologies.

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