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  • When cold or hot food and drinks, sweets, sour or salty foods cause pain in the teeth, this is called dentin hypersensitivity, which is mainly caused by exposed tooth necks. On behalf of Omya International AG, one of the world’s leading suppliers of industrial minerals, scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS) tested functional mineral particles that possess desensitizing properties in a toothpaste and can thus prevent symptoms.

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  • Wearing fixed braces can cause enamel to demineralize more around the edges of the teeth, which can be a source of caries. This effect can be counteracted with a combination of the peptide P11-4 and fluoride, as shown in a study by the Philipps University of Marburg and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS), which demonstrated the efficiency of this combination. The research results were awarded the Oral-B Award for Pediatric Dentistry and Prevention 2020.

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    Application-oriented research as an interface between science and practice is both exciting and of huge importance. Last year students from the 10th to 13th grades were once again able to participate in the three-day workshop held at the Fraunhofer Institute for the Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale), immersing themselves in the scientific world and finding out about the research fields at the institute. The last date for signing up for the event was October 5th, 2019.

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  • © Fraunhofer IMWS

    Fiber composite plastics and sandwich construction are established lightweight construction technologies. They enable enormous savings in terms of weight when implementing highly loadable structural components and are used for aircraft and vehicle applications, for example. So far, what these components have been lacking for a wide range of applications are smooth, visually appealing surfaces. In a joint project, the companies ElringKlinger AG, Daimler Truck AG, ThermHex Waben GmbH, Edevis GmbH and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS are working together to develop solutions and at the same time the appropriate processes for production and quality testing. The partners rely on metal-plastic hybrid sandwich materials.

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  • © Michael Deutsch

    Hydrogen is the key element to establish a sustainable chemical industry. With the electrolysis testing- and experimental platform in Leuna (ELP), subject to today’s festive groundbreaking ceremony, the Free State of Saxony-Anhalt assumes a pioneering role in achieving these goals. The pilot system will produce green hydrogen for the production of basic chemicals and fuels with low emissions as the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes (CBP) in Leuna and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS) in Halle (Saale) bring together their expertise.

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  • © Recenso

    Chemical recycling has tremendous potential to make intelligent use of waste and to allow for a climate-friendly carbon cycle economy at the same time. The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS) and the RECENSO GmbH have agreed to establish a strategic partnership to refine a technology to convert waste containing carbon into valuable raw materials; these can be used in the chemical industry to replace petroleum.

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  • June 29, 2020

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    Easier processing, faster production times, high feasibility of short-term changes, reduced material consumption, increased functionality and thus reduced costs: Additive manufacturing processes open up more and more areas of application and are becoming increasingly relevant for industry. 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. The aim is to open up new market segments in the field of cooling elements for power electronics.

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  • May 28, 2020

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    The research project »power4re« (reliable converters for regenerative energy supply) started with a virtual kick-off in mid-April. Under the direction of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES, five institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are working together with industry representatives on solutions aimed at increasing the reliability and robustness of inverters in photovoltaic systems and frequency converters in wind turbines. power4re is being funded under the internal research program PREPARE of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft with funds totaling 3.5 million euros. Converters are of central importance in the energy transition: They are indispensable technical components for the grid connection of photovoltaic and modern wind energy plants so that the regeneratively generated energy can be fed with grid-compliant voltage and frequency. The converters must, therefore, be highly reliable. However, they are exposed to particularly challenging operating and environmental conditions. For years, they have been some of the most frequently failing system components, often resulting in considerable costs. This means there is an urgent need for durable converters that are resistant to environmental influences. They therefore have a high economic potential as an indispensable technological component of the energy turnaround.

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  • Mid-April saw the virtual kick-off of the »power4re« (Reliable converters for a renewable energy supply) research project. Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES, 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. power4re is being funded to the tune of €3.5 million as part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s internal research program PREPARE.

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  • March 17, 2020

    Capital Statista Award Innovation
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    The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) is one of the most innovative companies and research institutions in Germany. With it, the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP also managed to reach a top ranking in a list compiled by the business magazine »Capital« in collaboration with the statistics portal Statista on the basis of surveys of industry and innovation experts.

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