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  • © Fraunhofer IMWS

    Producing high-purity elastin in medical quality is the founding idea of "matrihealth" GmbH. The spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, known as a founding project under the name of "matriheal" since 2020, now becomes an independent company based in Halle (Saale). The four founders, Dr. Marco Götze, Tobias Hedtke, PD Dr. Christian Schmelzer and Dirk Schuster, want to produce elastin quickly, cost-efficiently and in a scalable manner. They can thus offer market-specific elastin solutions for medical products, food, cosmetics and for research purposes, among others.

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  • © Fraunhofer IMWS / Andreas Lander

    For 30 years, employees of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) have been conducting research on microstructure diagnostics and design as well as microstructure-based technology development. On November 2, 2022, the institute's anniversary was celebrated at a festive colloquium with guests from business, politics, and science. Among the well-wishers were the Minister for Science, Energy, Climate Action and the Environment and Deputy Prime Minister of the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt, Professor Armin Willingmann, Professor Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, and the Mayor of the City of Halle (Saale), Egbert Geier.

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  • © Fraunhofer IMWS / Sabine Bethke

    Dr.-Ing. Maik Feldmann took over as Head of the Business Unit "Polymer Applications" at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS on October 1, 2022. As such he is also responsible for the area of "Polymer Processing" at the Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Center for Polymer Synthesis and Processing PAZ in Schkopau. Along with his new position, he will take up a professorship in plastics processing at the Merseburg University of Applied Sciences.

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  • © Ch.Lietzmann

    Jointly with Korean scientists, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS has been conducting research on the import of green hydrogen since 2020. The Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for Hydrogen Energy at the Korea Institute of Energy Technology FIP-H2ENERGY@KENTECH will now provide the foundation for a more enhanced cooperation with partners in South Korea. The signing ceremony during the 3rd Germany-Korea Hydrogen Conference on 27th September 2022 in Berlin sealed this cooperation.

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  • © Fraunhofer IMWS

    Mouth-to-nose protection has become commonplace during the Covid-19 pandemic. But many of the available products are not tailored for such uses. In the “Next Generation Protective Textiles (NGST)” project, ten Fraunhofer institutes are working on improved solutions that combine high protection with improved wearer comfort.

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  • Sustainable alternatives are needed to reduce the use of petroleum-based polymers. A promising approach is provided by the international OrangeOil project, in which the Fraunhofer IMWS, among others, is also involved alongside the SKZ Plastics Center. The aim is to develop a bio-based epoxy resin system from orange peels - a residual material from the production of juice and jam.

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  • The encapsulation of solar cells is of great importance for the overall performance of a solar module. Only if this has a seamless finish, protection of the solar cells from environmental influences can be guaranteed. In a new project, Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP and its partners are investigating the ideal degree of cross-linking for module reliability in order to increase the stability, reliability of supply, system performance and productivity of photovoltaic systems.

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  • © Fraunhofer IMS

    Sensors that function reliably even at extremely high temperatures or in corrosive environments are in demand, for example, for use in energy technology, such as geothermal or turbine applications, or in chemical engineering. In a joint project, eight Fraunhofer institutes have developed a technology platform for the realization of suitable robust sensor systems. The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) contributed its expertise in materials analysis and developed new possibilities for material characterization in the high-temperature range.

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  • © Fraunhofer IMWS / Michael Deutsch

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Halle (Saale) has been awarded as one of "Germany's most innovative companies" for the fourth time in a row. The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP is also represented with the highest rating in this ranking, which is compiled by the business magazine »Capital« in cooperation with the market research service provider »Statista« and is based on surveys among industry and innovation experts.

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  • Large load carriers (LLC) offer a lot of storage space with a low dead weight and at the same time a large load capacity. They thus provide important services for global logistics. In a new project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, together with Infinex Kunststofftechnik GmbH, HUESKER Synthetic GmbH and TWIN-TEC Packaging GmbH, is pursuing the goal of optimizing large load carriers. By using thermoplastic-based sandwich constructions, they can combine low dead weight, high stability, flexible design and a CO2-saving life cycle.

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