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  • Fraunhofer IMWS
    © Fraunhofer IMWS

    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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  • / 2020

    February 26, 2020

    Chemical recycling can be a key for CO2 reduction. Following the invitation of the Network for a Circular Carbon Economy NK2, more than 30 experts from science and industry came together in Freiberg for discussions about existing and future technological options, potential feedstock for chemical recycling and alternative technological routes as well as the contribution of chemical recycling to climate protection and a sustainable chemical industry.

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  • / 2020

    February 15, 2020

    Wabenkern Testversuch
    © Fraunhofer IMWS

    Sandwich structures enabling lightweight construction, such as those used in the aircraft industry, in rotor blades at wind power plants or lightweight vehi-cles, consist of fixed top layers which are separated by an extremely light-weight core material. Mechanically they are very resilient and at the same time extremely light. However, if the rigid connection between the top layer and the core is damaged by improper loading, in extreme cases this can lead to the failure of the component. The Fraunhofer Institute for the Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS has developed a standardized test procedure based on its findings about the microstructure of such components using in-situ X-ray tomography to examine fracture toughness, so as to reliably predict the load limits of such sandwich structures and prevent damage.

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  • Vier Menschen stehen vor einer Leinwand
    © Fraunhofer

    For his doctoral thesis on the clarification of the processes involved in the soil-ing of solar modules, Klemens Ilse from the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Pho-tovoltaics CSP in Halle (Saale) received the young talent prize awarded by the Heinz-Bethge Foundation for applied electron microscopy. His findings could help increase power yields, especially in the case of solar modules in desert regions.

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  • CEM Neugebauer Haseloff
    © Michael Deutsch

    Through applied socioeconomic research, the experts at the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and the Knowledge Economy IMW in Leipzig develop solutions in support of the long-term success of customers and part-ners from the economy, industry and society. With a view to expanding the portfolio at the Fraunhofer IMW and bundling the competencies of the Fraun-hofer-Gesellschaft in the areas of techno- and socio-economic research, the Center for the Economics of Materials CEM in Halle, formerly based at the Fraunhofer Institute for the Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, has now been transferred to the Fraunhofer IMW, better suited given their shared disciplines. Its incorporation also reflects the recognition by the Fraunhofer of the specific importance of the structural changes in society at large that have taken place in Central Germany.

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  • © Fraunhofer IMWS

    Food packaging made of plastics is specially customized to protect products against environmental influences, such as light, contamination, damage, and micro-organisms. In a joint research project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS and the technical film producer POLIFILM Extrusion GmbH, are working to engineer biopolymer-based films for food packaging. In this project, the specialists relied on chitosan coatings to increase the resistance of food to microbiological impacts.

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  • © Jürgen Rennecke/Universität Bayreuth

    Strong and tough yet as light as a feather – materials with this exceptional combination of properties are urgently needed in many industrial sectors and in medicine, as well as being of great interest for scientific research. 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. The scientists have published their findings in the journal "Science".

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  • Vier Personen Preisverleihung Leinwand Blumen
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    Innovative implant materials could grow more effectively into surrounding tissue through the incorporation of electrospun protein fibers. For his findings relating to this process, Julius Rubers has been awarded the Schott AG Materials Prize. He received the prize which carries 1500 euros at the meeting of the Advisory Board of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale). The technique recognized by the jury could among other things do away with the need for complex sessions of post-treatment.

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  • / 2019

    December 03, 2019

    Hocheffizienz-Solarzellen auf PKW
    © Fraunhofer ISE

    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. Due to their physical limits, the efficiency of silicon solar cells cannot be increased indefinitely. 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. In the key project at the Fraunhofer MaNiTU six Fraunhofer institutes are developing sustainable, highly efficient and cheap tandem solar cells on the basis of new absorber materials.

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  • / 2019

    Patent for new treatment method

    November 25, 2019

    Biegsames, bioabbaubares Parodontosestäbchen mit Antibiotikakomplex gehalten von zwei Händen
    © Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg/Fakultätsmarketing NF1

    New biodegradable rods promise to provide better treatment for periodontal disease. Researchers from the Institute of Pharmacy at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have re-combined an already approved active ingredient and filed for a patent for their invention together with two Fraunhofer Institutes from Halle. The innovation would spare patients from having many side effects. Their findings were published in the "International Journal of Pharmaceutics".

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