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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.

 

How can working with H2 become safer?

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Real-time demonstration: Particulate powder makes hydrogen visible

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.

 

Hydrogen sensor

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

 

Making more out of fewer resources is becoming an increasingly important goal for humanity. Consumption and population growth increase, but the reserves that our planet holds are naturally finite.

 

Replacing plastic or making it fit for recycling - packaging, agriculture, printed electronics.

 

Using and storing energy more efficiently, reducing CO2 emissions - solar energy, battery materials, building materials, turbines, high-temperature materials.

 

Conserve critical raw materials and other resources through more sustainable materials and processes

 

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.

 

Bioeconomy
at Fraunhofer ISC

Sustainable solutions for the refinement and efficient material use of biogenic materials

Press Releases

9.8.2022

Antiviral effect of plant extracts –
proof with in vitro cell cultures successful

Can virus replication really be influenced by plant extracts? Researchers at the Fraunhofer Translational Center for Regenerative Therapies at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC and at the Institute of Virology and Immunobiology at the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg have investigated this question.
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29.7.2022

Awarded: DFG Animal Welfare Prize for the Fraunhofer Translational Center for Regenerative Therapies

This year's winners of the Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft have been determined. As the DFG has now announced, the team from the Fraunhofer Translational Center for Regenerative Therapies (TLZ-RT) and the University of Würzburg will be honored for its research into alternatives to animal testing based on cell-based tissue models, and will share the 80,000 euro prize with Dr. Michael K. Melzer from the University of Ulm.
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23.6.2022

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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8.2.2022

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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