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With its materials research and process development, Fraunhofer ISC makes important contributions to solving global challenges

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The focus of our research is on climate change, environmental pollution, excessive use of resources, the energy transition, as well as material innovations with and for artificial intelligence and digitization, an aging population in industrialized countries, and growing urbanization.

Our work must be measured against these challenges, and we at Fraunhofer ISC want to make essential contributions to solving them.



TOXIG: Novel fast CO sensors provide reliable warning

In the research project, Fraunhofer ISC and its two sister institutes IPM and EMFT developed a cost-effective and reliable CO sensor whose core contains nanoporous particles with special dyes. These react very quickly and to the smallest amounts of CO in the ambient air with a color change. This prevents malfunctions caused by other environmental influences.


BioBaFol: How plastic packaging becomes ­"organic"

Together with four partners from industry and research, Fraunhofer ISC is working on a new generation of film based on biogenic, readily available raw materials that meets all the usual requirements for food packaging. The starting point is biogenic plastic based on lactic acid (PLA).


TOPS: Connecting skin and metal

Improvement of transcutaneous osseointegrated prosthesis systems: Because the skin cannot fully attach to the metal socket after surgery, an open gap remains. This "permanent wound" must be carefully maintained on an ongoing basis and carries a constant risk of infection. Modified fiber fleeces developed at Fraunhofer ISC (TLC-RT) could prevent such problems in the future.


Battery Analysis

Optimized quality control from cell production to the end-of-life of the cell: The Fraunhofer R&D Center for Electromobility FZEB, as one of three competence centers in Germany in the field of ultrasonic monitoring for batteries, is further developing ultrasonic sensor technology with its project partners. The aim is to create a database for automated analytics, digitized material development and the use of AI in the field of battery development.


Mechanical Engineering and Future Glass:
High-Throughput Screening 4.0

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A few years ago, the Fraunhofer ISC Glass Group, together with the Center for Device Development (CeDeD), was the first to provide a globally unique research facility for modern glass development with its glass screening system, which is fully automated from the weighing of batch constituents to controlled cooling. With the High Throughput Screening (HTS) 4.0 facility, a new generation of equipment is now available for digitization and the Materials Data Space.

More on this in the current annual report


Partners for EU projects

Fraunhofer ISC has an excellent track record in European collaboration and can build on a large international network of research partners from industry and research.


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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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