Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC

Building Fraunhofer ISC
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The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Wuerzburg is privileged to combine first-rate expertise in materials science with long-standing experience in materials processing, application and analysis.

The Institute focuses on industrially applicable solutions for affordable health care and regenerative therapies, resource and energy efficiency, sustainability and circular economy.
We strongly focus on the use of bio-based and economically friendly raw materials, the avoidance of critical raw materials as well as on smart and sustainable processing techniques. In addition to contract R&D, the Fraunhofer ISC can provide analytical services, perform characterization tasks, optimize processes, design customized testing devices and support the upscaling of production and processing techniques to pilot scale.

News from Fraunhofer ISC


Felix-Wankel-Award '21

Dr. Christian Lotz of the Fraunhofer Translational Center for Regenerative Therapies TLC-RT receives this year's Felix-Wankel-Award for the development of an in vitro eye irritation test as an alternative to animal testing. CONGRATULATIONS!


Press Release / 5.11.2021


Innovation platform of a green, detectable and directly recyclable lithium-ion battery


Interview / 9.11.2021


A chat with IRCER, the ceramics research institute at University of Limoges

(Interview with Dr. Fabrice Rossignol)


Project »NewHyPe«

New Hybrid Paper: As part of the NewHyPe project, Fraunhofer ISC has joined forces with other research institutes and companies from Norway, Finland and Germany to develop new mulch papers.

Pioneers for the
"sustainable battery"
of tomorrow

BMBF funding for the project "IDcycLIB"

Project »INN-PRESSME« for a clean Europe

With its know-how on bio-based coatings, the ISC is part of the EU project to strengthen a sustainable European economy in the fields of packaging, energy, transport and consumers.

Winner OE-A Competition 2021

SUPERSMART research project: printed electronic components such as sensors and smart labels on paper in the construction of a smart environment.


Press Release / 7.10.2021

International online conference on “green batteries” generates great interest

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


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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International online conference on “green batteries” generates great interest

The Green Batteries Conference 2021 assembles experts from all parts of the battery value chain and achieve a common understanding of the different aspects of sustainable batteries – from raw materials and storage sites to battery concepts, design for recycling, sustainable manufacturing and use, recycling technologies and closing the loop. The conference will be held online on Tuesday afternoons in October 2021, and the response is already very promising.
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Federal Cross of Merit with Ribbon
for Institute Director Prof. Dr. Gerhard Sextl

Bavaria's Secretary of the Interior Gerhard Eck will hand over the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research Würzburg, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Sextl, on Thursday, July 29, 2021 in the Fürstensaal of the Würzburg Residence.
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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



At ARABLAB 2021, Fraunhofer ISC will present technologies from the Center of Device Development CeDeD and the Translational Center for Regenerative Therapies TLC-RT in Hall 4, Booth 510: AQUAJUST® CAM for the adjustment of laboratory glasses and an INCUBATOR system for tissue engineering.
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Online Seminar: Essentials of 3D Tissue Engineering 2021

The course offering "Tissue Engineering - Essentials of 3D Tissue Engineering" provides a comprehensive overview of the biological and material science fundamentals of tissue engineering in two half-course days and provides insights into practical applications, from personalized test systems to the development and approval of cell-based therapies.
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International Conference on Advanced Smart Materials and Structures (ASMaS 2021)

Dr. Holger Böse from the Center Smart Materials and Adaptive Systems CeSMA at Fraunhofer ISC has been invited as keynote speaker at the 1st International Conference on Advanced Smart Materials and Structures (ASMaS-2021). He will present on "Soft and Stretchable Sensor Technology Based on Electroactive Polymers".
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Green Batteries Conference 2021

The Green Batteries Conference 2021 is dedicated to providing a look at the entire battery value chain, from raw materials to current and future cell and system technologies, operation and maintenance, end-of-life, reuse, recycling - reprocessing of battery components, functional materials, and the political and regulatory framework. International experts from upstream and downstream the value chain meet virtually to discuss the latest developments.
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