Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg offers first-class expertise in materials science with many years of experience in processing, applying and analysing materials.

Scarcity of raw materials, competitive pressure and a shortage of skilled labour are just some of the many challenges facing the manufacturing industry. Researchers at the ISC are focussing on industrially applicable solutions for affordable healthcare and regenerative therapies, resource and energy efficiency as well as sustainability and the circular economy.

Particular attention is paid to the use of bio-based and business-friendly raw materials, the avoidance of critical raw materials and intelligent and sustainable processing techniques.

In addition to contract research and development, the ISC also offers production-related analysis and characterisation, process optimisation, equipment construction and the upscaling of manufacturing and processing methods to pilot scale.

News from Fraunhofer ISC

 

Online-Workshop

»Energy efficiency of high temperature processes« / June 25, 2024

Sustainability and energy efficiency are in focus in the industry: By optimizing high-temperature processes and using alternative energy sources such as hydrogen for decarbonization, costs can be reduced and the ecological footprint can be minimized. This free workshop also provides insights into digital solutions to enhance efficiency and quality.

 

Press Release / 15.5.2024

"INN PRESSME"

Plants instead of petroleum – making new bio-based material solutions tangible on a pilot scale

The aim of the joint project is to establish a Europe-wide ecosystem for the development and production of plant-based, recyclable, and/or biodegradable packaging, energy, and transportation solutions, as well as consumer goods. The planned nine test cases with prototypes have currently been completed, and the results are very encouraging.

 

Press Release / 22.4.2024

Institute’s Director
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Sextl
in Retirement

On April 1, 2024, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Sextl retired as Director of the Fraunhofer ISC in Würzburg. Since Feb. 2006, he has actively shaped the development and course of the institute. Over the past 18 years, the institute has grown considerably under his leadership and has successfully established new fields of research and technologies related to chemical-based materials development.

Launch of New EU Project “INERRANT”

Revolutionising Lithium-ion Battery Technology for Enhanced Safety

Publication Horizon / 20.5.2024

»Europe tackles tricky toxins with new technologies«

Researchers are testing ways to remove “forever chemicals” from the environment and replace them in some commercial goods.

Publication / 20.4.2024

Safety Through Visibility

Tracing Hydrogen in Colors with Highly Customizable and Flexibly Applicable Supraparticle Additives

Press Release 03.2024

"ReUse" - Developing new recycling processes

Improving the circular economy and sustainability of the entire waste stream of low-value LFP batteries

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.

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.

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

15.5.2024

Plants instead of petroleum – making new bio-based material solutions tangible on a pilot scale

The INN PRESSME joint project, funded by the European Union with around 14 million euros, was launched three years ago. The aim of the 27 project partners from nine European countries is to establish a Europe-wide ecosystem for the development and production of plant-based, recyclable, and/or biodegradable packaging, energy, and transportation solutions, as well as consumer goods. The planned nine test cases with prototypes have currently been completed, and the results are very encouraging.
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22.4.2024

Institute Director Prof. Dr. Gerhard Sextl retires

On 1st April 2024, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Sextl retired as Institute Director at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg. Since February 2006, he has actively shaped the development of the Fraunhofer ISC and redefined its course. Over the past 18 years, the Institute has grown considerably under his leadership and has successfully established new fields of research and technologies related to the core competence of chemically based materials development.
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15.3.2024

Project "ReUse" - Efficient direct recycling for low-value lithium-ion battery waste stream

The ReUse project, short for "Efficient direct recycling for low-value LFP battery for circular and sustainable waste management," is a 36-month research initia-tive. It is funded by the European Union's Horizon Europe research and innova-tion program, operating under Grant Agreement No. 101137774, with a substan-tial EU contribution amounting to €4,927,664.93 in funding. The project com-menced in January 2024.
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21.12.2023

Launch of the EU project "SUNGATE" - A new technology platform for the sustainable production of solar fuel using artificial photosynthesis

In October 2023, the EU project "SUNGATE" was launched under the coordination of Fraunhofer IME in collaboration with 11 partners from industry and research. The aim of the project is to develop a novel, sustainable and cost-efficient biohybrid technology based on artificial photosynthesis that will enable the highly efficient and scalable production of solar fuel.
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Newsletter
Fraunhofer ISC

 

Fairs and Events

Meet us in person at trade fairs, congresses and symposia. We look forward to seeing you!

 

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.

 

 

Publications

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

Fairs and Events

29.10.2024

Direct Recycling Battery Conference 2024

The "Conference on Battery Direct Recycling", initiated by the Fraunhofer Center for Electromobility Bavaria FZEB of the ISC, is intended to provide a network of stakeholders from research, industry and politics on the topics Design for Recycling, methods and processes in Direct Recycling, Digitization, Life Cycle Assessment as well as policy and market.
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24.9.2024

MSE 2024

Shaping the future of materials together: MSE, organized by the DGM, is one of the most important European events in the field of materials science and technology. It takes place every two years and is not only a congress, but also a celebration of innovation and inspiration. This year, however, it is even more special, as the guest country is Sweden - a pioneer in materials science.
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10.6.2024

ACHEMA 2024

Join us at Achema in Frankfurt from 10 to 14 June, where the Fraunhofer ISC will be exhibiting at the Fraunhofer Chemistry Alliance joint stand (Stand D49 in Hall 6.0). The Fraunhofer ISC will be showcasing the many applications of nanostructured microparticles (supraparticles) in the fields of catalysis and sensor technology. We are looking forward to your visit!
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5.6.2024

WI3R Symposium 2024

The further development and implementation of the 3R principles represents a central task of biomedical research. In recent years, the metropolitan region of Northern Bavaria has developed into one of the leading research locations, especially for cancer and infectious diseases as well as for novel medical devices. At the same time, alternatives to animal testing have gained in importance and have found their way into biomedical research. The research location Würzburg has meanwhile become the nucleus of 3R research, in particular of alternative methods to animal experiments, within Bavaria and beyond.
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