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  • Petzold Wehrspohn
    © Fraunhofer IMWS

    As of today, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructures of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) will be headed by Prof. Dr. Matthias Petzold, previously deputy Head of the Institute. Prof. Dr. Ralf B. Wehrspohn, under whose leadership the research institute has developed into an independent institute focusing on microstructure diagnostics and microstructure design, will at the same time assume his new position as Executive Board Member for Technology Marketing and Business Models of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

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  • Laserlicht
    © Hella

    HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA, one of the world's leading automotive suppliers of light and electronics, and the Fraunhofer Application Center for Inorganic Phosphors in Soest, Germany, worked together on a possible future lighting system based on a laser light source. The research project HipE (highly innovative pixelated phosphors for laser-based emissions in headlamps) was funded over a period of three years by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and has now been successfully completed.

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  • Today in Berlin, Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier selected “GreenHydroChem Central Germany” as one of the winners in the “Real-world Laboratories of the Energy Revolution” ideas competition of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). With over 100 megawatts, the world's largest electrolysis plant project for the production of green hydrogen was planned by partners Siemens AG, Linde AG and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS and is now entering the concretization phase.

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  • Mikroskop und Forscher
    © Fraunhofer IMWS

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS expands its range of microstructure diagnostics with Hitachi's HF5000 field emission transmission electron microscope. The presentation of the new microscope took place during a workshop in Halle (Saale). In this meeting, international experts were presented with novel microscopy technologies as well as a demonstration of possible applications of the HF5000.

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  • Denkweit Qualitätskontrolle inline Batterie
    © Metropolregion Mitteldeutschland/Tom Schulze

    Efficient quality control in the production of battery cells, solar modules, or power electronics: for this offer, the DENKweit GmbH was selected as the winner in the “Cluster Automotive” category of the IQ Innovation Award Central Germany competition. The technology from the company based in Halle (Saale), a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, combined non-destructive testing with the capabilities of self-learning neural networks.

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  • Drei Personen Experten
    © Fraunhofer IMWS

    3 partners from eight countries are researching and developing innovative power semiconductors with more power density and energy efficiency: With this goal, the European research project Power2Power, which has a duration of three years and is coordinated by Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH & Co. KG, has just begun. Part of the consortium, which includes universities, research institutes and companies, is the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale), which provides its expertise in the field of materials diagnostics and materials design.

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  • Sandy Klengel Matthias Petzold Fraunhofer
    © IEEE Electronic Components & Technology Conference

    Better ways to operate power electronic components at particularly high temperatures and a new procedure for the non-destructive assessment of their joining layers: For these discoveries, experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS received awards at the Electronic Components Technology Conference (ECTC) in Las Vegas. Two of the four research awards presented at the world's leading technical conference for design and packaging technologies in electronics went to Halle (Saale).

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  • Roboter-Goniophotometer
    © Fraunhofer AWZ Soest

    In the future, the Fraunhofer Application Center (AWZ ) for Inorganic Phosphors in Soest will also contribute to strengthening the future viability and competitiveness of the lighting and illumination industry. This is the result of an evaluation of the research facility, which was founded in 2013. The experts from the Ministry for Culture and Science for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Fraunhofer Society appeared very satisfied with the development, as well as the Industrial Advisory Board, which is being expanded with an additional member.

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  • Hitachi HF5000 Fraunhofer Halle
    © Fraunhofer IMWS

    Improved lenses, new laser-processing systems, tailored glass ceramics: With the new line of business ‘Optical Materials and Technologies’ , the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS is expanding its offerings. At an event to mark the opening, opportunities were presented that will arise in the future in microstructure diagnostics and microstructure-based material development for the optical industry, paint manufacturers, or producers of special machinery. New, largescale high-performance equipment will also contribute to this.

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  • eroeffnung-wasserstoff-tankstelle
    © H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

    Drivers of fuel-cell powered electric cars can now refuel in the German city of Halle an der Saale. Dr. Reiner Haseloff, Minister President of Saxony-Anhalt, joined partners PS Union, H2 MOBILITY Deutschland and Linde, in opening the federal state’s second hydrogen station today on the PS Union grounds at Blücherstraße 7.

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