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


Online Seminar: Tissue Engineering - Basics of 3D cell culture

From October 16 - 18, Fraunhofer ISC (in cooperation with the Chair of Tissue Engineering (TERM), University Hospital Würzburg and Fraunhofer ITEM) will host a three-day online seminar on tissue engineering. Among other things, the seminar will provide insights into the fundamentals of 3D cell culture for tissue engineering - both from a biological and a materials science perspective.

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.

Press Release March 01, 2023

Innovative in vitro eye irritation test to replace standard animal testing


Spray-Drying Symposium 2024

"Spray-Drying of Advanced Materials"
April 8 - 9, 2024
@Fraunhofer ISC Würzburg

Flexible, safe and efficient recycling of Li-on batteries

The EU project "RESPECT" aims to enable an environmentally friendly recycling process for lithium-ion batteries.

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.

Making battery production more sustainable

The "RecyLIB" project, launched in 2022, aims to set an example with new processes for battery electrode production, direct recycling and integrated functional material cycles.


Scientific publication / 15.7.2023

Process automation

Establishing and testing a robot-based platform to enable the automated production of nanoparticles in a flexible and modular way

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.

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


EU project ZeroF aims to create substitutes for PFAS in food packaging and textiles

The European Union wants to ban a number of critical PFAS and is promoting the development of substitute materials for PFAS in four major collaborative projects, e.g. the EU project ZeroF. In this project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC is working with industrial companies and research institutes to develop solutions for PFAS-free food packaging and textiles.
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CircEl‐Paper: Recyclable paper‐based electronics

Millions of tons of electronic waste are produced in the EU every year. With a novel approach, the new EU project "CircEl-Paper" could sustainably improve the recycling process for electronics in the future.
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SAPs4Tissue launched – human tissue models with customized biomaterials

Human tissue models instead of animal experiments? What is already possible for some questions still faces major hurdles for more complex contexts and applications. In a joint project of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, and the Translational Center for Regenerative Therapies at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC, Würzburg, scientific principles and biomaterials for the standardized production of valid tissue models are to be developed.
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Greener carbons for sustainable batteries – achievements after first half of the project work

For the future decrease of carbon footprints in electromobility, the production of traction batteries has to become “greener”. In improving the electronic conductivity of battery cathodes carbon plays a critical role and thus is essential to achieve fast charging and discharging rates. The HiQ-CARB project, funded by EIT RawMaterials under the Horizon Europe Program started in 2021 to make the supply with high-quality conductive additives more sustainable, with low carbon footprint and resource-efficient carbon materials. The results after the first half of the project leave no doubt that a switch to more sustainable manufacturing methods is possible.
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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


Online Seminar Tissue Engineering – Basics of 3D cell culture 2023

The Fraunhofer seminar on Tissue engineering will provide a compact review of the basics of tissue engineering – in terms of biology, bioprocessing and materials science. The three-day online seminar will also offer an insight into practical applications at Fraunhofer, ranging from personalized test systems to the development and approval of cell-based therapies.
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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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On June 21 and 22, 2023, the SPARTACUS consortium invites to a workshop in San Sebastián to present the results obtained in the project. San Sebastián is headquarters of SPARTACUS partner CIDETEC Energy Storage. There, the SPARTACUS partners will present the most important results on innovative sensor technologies for Li-ion batteries, and representatives from the industrial and supplier industry will provide insight into current trends.
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OPIE 2023

Join our booth C-32-8 (German Pavilion) at OPIE from April 19-21, 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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