Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC

ECO COM'BAT - Sustainable energy storage with high-voltage batteries

The objective of the EU funded project is the development of a new kind of high voltage battery which will extend the driving range of electric vehicles, shorten charging times, reduce battery weight and enhance stability and durability.

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Fraunhofer lead project Go Beyond 4.0

The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC teams up with five other Fraunhofer institutes to develop novel strategies and process designs for three selected market-relevant applications in the automotive, aerospace and LED lighting sectors.

A new approach to plastics finishing and characterization

The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC is presently developing a simplified and environmentally friendly method for the finishing of plastic components, free of palladium and chromium (VI).

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  • Battery Materials
  • Glass, Ceramics
  • Hybrid Polymers and ORMOCER®
  • Smart Materials
  • Sol-gel Materials


  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Coating Procedures
  • Lacquer Production
  • Particle Technology
  • Upscaling and Pilot Scale Production


  • Architecture and Construction
  • Automotive
  • Energy
  • Resources and Recycling
  • Surfaces


  • Battery and Cell Testing
  • Coating and Surface Analysis
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Failure Analysis
  • Materials Analysis


Press Releases


Molecular motor-powered biocomputers

Launch of a five-year, 6.1 million euros EU-Horizon 2020 project that aims to build a new type of powerful computer based on biomolecules

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Launch of project ECO COM'BAT: Sustainable energy storage with high-voltage batteries

Cruising range is one of the greatest challenges for the rapid implementation of electromobility in Europe. Ten partners from industry and research organizations now join forces in the EU funded project ECO COM'BAT, coordinated by the Fraunhofer Project Group Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies, part of the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC, to develop the next generation of lithium-ion batteries – the high-voltage battery. Better performance is not the only goal for the new battery. Compared to conventional batteries the new type should be more powerful and with regard to the materials used even more sustainable. The main task here is the substitution of conventional, often expensive, rare or even critical materials.

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Microoptics – A smarter and faster way to replicate complex freeform structures

As a true 3D lithography technology Two-Photon Polymerization (2PP) allows to fabricate arbitrarily shaped microstructures especially suited for innovative optical applications. Up to now the technology has not reached industrial scale due to its rather limited throughput level. Fraunhofer ISC pursues different strategies to accelerate the process. The Institute presents its R&D competencies and latest technologies for optical and microoptical applications at the German Pavilion on the Photonics West in San Francisco from 31 January to 2 February 2017.

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Flexible protection for »smart« building and façade components

The trend in architecture and facility management is towards »smart« buildings which, by means of integrated flexible electronics, automatically react on changing ambient conditions. These buildings are energy efficient and may have a number of comfortable features like solar cell modules integrated into façades or electrochromic windows, which change tint from clear to dark in strong sunshine. The implementation of novel usage concepts, however, still faces several challenges, mostly concerning the required service life of electronic components and their direct integration into building envelopes, especially when these are of lightweight construction or comprise flexible membrane roofing systems or façades.

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Fairs and Events


Advances in Coatings for Glass and Plastics

The International Organizing Committee of the Conference on Coatings on Glass and Plastics (ICCG) is hosting the workshop “Advances in Coatings for Glass and Plastics” (workshop program) in Tampere, Finland (June 28, 2017) in connection with Glass Performance Days GPD Finland 2017.

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The great transition – the importance of critical metals for green energy technologies

Well-known experts from academia and industry will give key-note lectures addressing the substitutionability of critical metals in the different classes of functional materials. The aim is to develop new materials and efficient energy technologies with a reduced supply risk and enhanced environmental sustainability.

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Hannover Messe 2018

The Center Smart Materials CeSMa, part of the Fraunhofer ISC, will present innovations in adaptronics at the Hannover Messe from April 23th to 27th in 2018. Exhibited will be flexible use elastomer sensors for stepless control functions, e.g. in gloves which measure the wearer’s gripping force or in steering wheels with fingertip control of air conditioning or radio. Come see us at the Fraunhofer booth.

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Competitiveness in Lithium Industry

11.10.2018 »Competitiveness in Lithium Industry« aims at discussing the whole lithium value chain: market, sources, extraction, uses, applications, recycling, etc., during two lunch-to-lunch days:

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