Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC

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At the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg, individual material solutions for a wide range of applications are developed on the basis of a unique combination of materials, processing, application and analytical know-how.

For the production of the future, researchers are working on energy- and resource-efficient processes. Shortages of raw materials, competitive pressure and a shortage of skilled workers are just some of the many challenges facing the manufacturing industry. With a view to the efficient use of resources and energy, the institute focuses on the use of renewable and environmentally friendly raw materials as well as intelligent and sustainable processes.  

In addition to contract research and development, the ISC also offers production-accompanying analytics and characterization, process optimization, equipment construction, and the upscaling of manufacturing and processing methods to pilot scale.

News from Fraunhofer ISC


Supporting the
NEU Institute

In the REGENEU project, our TLZ colleagues support the NEU Institute to increase its excellence in the field of biofiber research and development for translational application.


H2 and O2 Barrier Coatings

Combined oxygen/hydrogen barrier layers based on the ORMOCER® material enable an adaptable material solution for products and applications in the hydrogen sector.

Analysis of the effect of plant oils

Together with its research partner Kneipp, the TLC-RT team is investigating protective as well as regenerative effects of various plant oils on in vitro skin models developed in-house. These screenings can be carried out quickly, flexibly and without animal testing.


nature communications / 6.9.2022

The role of concentration in electrolyte solutions for non-aqueous lithium-based batteries

Dr. Guinevere Giffin


Platform Technology in Life Sciences

Our team is developing absorbable RENACER® fibers that have no cyto- or genotoxicity and completely dissolve into bioactive monosilicic acid when in contact with physiological fluids.

Centers of Fraunhofer ISC


Fraunhofer Translational Center Regenerative Therapies TLC-RT

Life Science at TLC-RT: solutions in the fields of cellular bioengineering.


Center of Device ­Development CeDeD

The Center of Device Development CeDeD develops, designs and builds special scientific devices and research systems according to individual customer requirements.


Center for High Temperature Materials and Design HTL

The HTL designs energy-efficient thermal processes and thus contributes to sustainable technological progress in society.

It develops high-temperature materials, high-temperature components and high-temperature measurement methods and thus optimizes thermal processes.

Press Releases


Reducing batteries’ environmental footprint – RecyLIB project aims to save resources and energy

Electromobility continues to gain momentum. Accelerated by high fuel prices, more and more buyers are switching to hybrid or pure electric vehicles, as shown by the latest statistics of new registrations. As the number of traction batteries increases, the question of environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling processes is also becoming louder. One key aspect is the function-preserving recycling of lithium-ion batteries. The "RecyLIB" project launched in 2022 - funded via ERA-MIN by the European Union and national funding organizations - aims to set an example with new processes for battery electrode production, direct recycling and integrated functional material cycles.
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Antiviral effect of plant extracts –
proof with in vitro cell cultures successful

Can virus replication really be influenced by plant extracts? Researchers at the Fraunhofer Translational Center for Regenerative Therapies at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC and at the Institute of Virology and Immunobiology at the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg have investigated this question.
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Awarded: DFG Animal Welfare Prize for the Fraunhofer Translational Center for Regenerative Therapies

This year's winners of the Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft have been determined. As the DFG has now announced, the team from the Fraunhofer Translational Center for Regenerative Therapies (TLZ-RT) and the University of Würzburg will be honored for its research into alternatives to animal testing based on cell-based tissue models, and will share the 80,000 euro prize with Dr. Michael K. Melzer from the University of Ulm.
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EIT Culture & Creativity - a game changing organisation for a prosperous Europe

The consortium Innovation by Creative Economy (ICE) is coordinated by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Today, it was selected by the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) as a new Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) in the cultural and creative sectors. The European partnership EIT Culture & Creativity aims to support students and start-ups to generate innovative products and processes in the creative industries and for the cultural heritage sector.
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Fraunhofer ISC


COVID-19 pandemic: Important information on cooperation for customers and business partners


Annual Reports

In our annual reports you will find information on selected research activities as well as facts and figures about Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research.




Here you will find our scientific publications, specialist information (e.g. flyers) and annual reports.

Fairs and Events



Knowledge transfer and exchange of experience on materials sciences and technologies in Europe: The 17th European Conference and Exhibition on Advanced Materials and Processes - FEMS EUROMAT 2023 - will be held for the first time as a hybrid event on the Westend campus of Goethe University Frankfurt as well as online.
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OPIE 2023

Join our booth C-32-8 (German Pavilion) at OPIE 2023 in Japan for an informative exchange on our superior optical polymers and corresponding process techniques for optical and opto-electronic applications. We are looking forward to meeting you there!
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Biobased solutions in papermaking and converting

An important goal of material-oriented research in the paper industry is to develop 100 % bio-based paper products that can be recycled several times in the sense of a circular economy. The focus is on functional chemicals such as dry and wet strength agents, binders and adhesives, sizing agents, barrier coatings, printing inks and optical brighteners, and on process chemicals such as retention agents, fixing agents, dispersants and defoamers.
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Biofabrication meets Infection

PhD students of the SFB/TRR 225 Collaborative Research Centre “Biofabrication” and the GRK2157 "3D Infect" research group are organizing an amazing joint international symposium "Biofabrication meets Infection", which will take place on the 23 – 25. November 2022 at the Rudolf Virchow Center in Wuerzburg (Germany). Numerous high-profile speakers have already confirmed their participation. This international conference will focus primarily on topics of biofabrication and complex tissue models.
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