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Elektrogesponnenes Vlies aus biotechnologisch hergestelltem Tropoelastin.

Customized wound dressings made from tropoelastin

The material developed by Fraunhofer IMWS and partners combines biocompatibility, durability, biodegradability and favorable mechanical properties similar to those of skin.

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Die Verbesserung der Langzeitstabilität fotografischer Filme wurde im Projekt durch die Optimierung ihrer Haftung und den antimikrobiellen Eigenschaften erreicht.

Optimized microfilms with antimicrobial properties for secure long-term data storage

In a joint research project, the Fraunhofer IMWS and FilmoTec GmbH Bitterfeld-Wolfen have developed a new technology that improves the resistance of microfilms to mechanical and biochemical environmental influences and thus increases their long-term stability.

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REM Aufnahme eines Kollagenvlieses auf einer PEEK Oberfläche besiedelt mit Zellen der Osteosarkomzelllinie SW1353

Collagen fiber coatings of implant plastics improve biocompatibility

The high-performance plastic polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is used in the production of implants in spinal surgery, traumatology and orthopedics. In a joint research project of the Fraunhofer IMWS and Spin-Plant GmbH, it has now been possible to greatly improve the surface of PEEK implants with the help of collagen nanofibers.

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Die Mikrostruktur von Schutzmasken (hier die rasterelektronenmikroskopische Aufnahme der mittleren Lage einer OP-Maske mit schematischer Darstellung eines Corona-Virus) spielt eine wichtige Rolle für Tragekomfort und Filterwirkung.

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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Das gereinigte nährstoffreiche Abwasser der Kläranlage wird in EVOBIO für den hydroponischen Anbau von Salat genutzt.

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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Health Care

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Maria Morawietz uses a brushing machine to examine the mechanical impact that dental cleansers have on teeth.

Thanks to our interdisciplinary expertise in materials and life sciences, we are in a position to provide industrial customers with scientific and technical advice on issues in the fields of medicine, care, and the environment and conduct research and development projects. Our focus here lies on materials research for dental and personal care products, the development and characterization of biomaterials for medical devices and the biofunctionalization of surfaces.

We characterize and assess materials and products with regard to their functionality, support the screening of new active substances and design customized models to shed light on modes of action and interactions with biological surfaces. We also develop new materials with improved structure and surface compatibility and customized functionality for medical applications and tissue engineering, and offer methods of modifying surfaces that come into contact with biological materials.

In addition to basic and, above all, application-oriented research in the public sector, we support our industrial partners from research and development and quality control through to claim support and assistance with marketing based on scientific findings.

Our expertise and range of methods include, among other things:


General microstructure and surface analysis

High-resolution microscopy (SEM, TEM, EDX, AFM, µX-Ray CT, XRM, Nano-XRM, CLSM)

Surface analysis (XPS, ToF-SIMS)

Mechanical assessment (hardness determination, DMA, numerical simulation (FEM))

Chemical analyses (mass spectrometry, FTIR spectroscopy)


Tests specific to oral care and dentistry

Abrasion measurements (enamel, dentin)

Dental discoloration

Analysis of cleaning

Experimental brush simulation

Assessment of dentinal tubule occlusion

Acid stability

Assessment of de-mineralization and remineralization processes


Skin care and protein-based materials


Development of wound dressing materials (e.g. protein nonwovens, protein sponges)

Development and assessment of in vitro skin models

Biomimetic coatings for implant materials

Molecular structural analysis by means of organic mass spectrometry with a focus on structural proteins

Assessment of biological interactions between materials


Surface coating and functionalization

Chemical and physical vapor deposition

Plasma technologies on a laboratory scale

Wet-chemical coating processes

Surface structuring

Morphological, physical and chemical surface characterization