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


Press Release

EIT Culture & Creativity

A game changing organisation for a prosperous Europe

For the first time, an EIT partnership is being coordinated by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft



Online Seminar Tissue Engineering 2022

On July 20 and 21, 2022, you will receive a comprehensive overview of the basics of tissue engineering and insights into practical applications.


Novel Nanoparticles for Biomedical Application

For a special issue of the MDPI Journal, guest editors Dr. Sofia Dembski and Dr. Jörn Probst are looking for thematically appropriate manuscripts.
Deadline: October 31, 2022


How can working with H2 become safer?

Researchers at the ISC and FAU in Erlangen faced this complex task. The result of their joint work are so-called supraparticles that make invisible hydrogen gas visible to the bare eye within seconds - without electricity and complex measuring devices. Hydrogen sensors can detect even low concentrations of the gas, for example in the event of leaks in a gas pipeline, before devastating accidents can occur.


Nanoparticles meet

Dr. Sofia Dembski provides information on the fascinating future of Lab 4.0 in a case study on the APRONA prototype plant.


Bonding for Recycling

Benefits of inductively heatable particles when bonding materials, especially for subsequent separability or recycling

Fields of expertise at Fraunhofer ISC


Center for High Temperature Materials and Design HTL

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


Fraunhofer Translational Center Regenerative Therapies TLC-RT

The TLC-RT develops new cell based tissue models / test systems, prototypes and biological vascularized implants.


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.

Press Releases


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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Case study shows: Robots in Nanoparticle Production - Reliable, Fast and Safe

What otherwise takes hours in the laboratory, involves annoying waiting times and many sources of error, can now be accomplished by a robot in less time, well digitally documented and with high reproducibility. Automation of synthesis processes for nanoparticles can be a milestone for the use of new therapeutic and diagnostic medical devices – and at the same time increase occupational safety and relieve highly qualified laboratory personnel from monotonous routines.
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Smart sensors for future fast charging – "SPARTACUS" battery research project has mastered the first milestones

The SPARTACUS research project as part of the EU research initiative BATTERY 2030+ has now been running for around a year. The project has successfully mastered the first milestones and project goals. On the way to sensor-based optimization of charging times, range and service life for lithium-ion batteries, the SPARTACUS project team has worked on a number of partial aspects over the past 12 months. Now the individual components can be combined into a complete system.
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IDcycLIB: Innovation platform of a green, detectable and directly recyclable lithium-ion battery

Technological sovereignty and job security in Germany, the sustainable rethinking and redirection in the use of raw materials - the most efficient possible use and resource-conserving utilization concepts - are major challenges facing the industrial sectors in Europe and worldwide. In particular, the shift away from fossil-fueled mobility to sustainable electromobility based on renewable energy sources has intensified the discussion about the resource requirements for the batteries needed for this. This is precisely where the IDcycLIB joint project comes in with forward-looking concepts.
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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


Materials Science and Engineering Congress MSE 2022

Dr. Carsten Gellermann is chairing the session "Nanomaterials in products and processes and circular considerations" at the Materials Science and Engineering Congress (MSE) and is looking forward to numerous participation and presentations on the topic. The congress will be held September 27-29, 2022, as a hybrid event. Deadline for abstracts is February 28, 2022.
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At this year's "ACHEMA", the world's leading trade fair for the process industry, the Fraunhofer Alliance for the Lead Market in Chemistry, which was founded in 2021 and consists of a total of 15 Fraunhofer Institutes, including the Fraunhofer ISC, will be presenting itself. The joint booth will present current research activities in areas such as the digitization of chemical processes, the further development of green chemistry, the facilitation of scale-up, safety aspects and the efficiency of chemical processes, and the promotion of the circular economy.
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Tissue Engineering – a practical seminar on 3D cell culture

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 two-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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ICG 2022

To mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the DGG, the 26th International Congress on Glass (ICG) will be held in Berlin this year. The ICG 2022 offers plenary sessions as well as 45 technical sessions grouped into 8 symposia. As a special opportunity for glass scientists and technologists, the 13th International Congress on Advances in Melting Technology and Processing of Glass (AFPG2022) is attached to the congress in its anniversary year.
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