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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


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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Stepstone for sustainable batteries – greener carbons

Lithium-ion batteries require in addition to lithium metal a number of sophisticated functional materials for their performance. Some of them sound rather unspectacular: conductive additives. In fact, conductive additives like carbon black or carbon nanotubes are a decisive component for the performance and environmental benignity of lithium-ion batteries. The recently launched collaborative project HiQ-CARB aims to provide new carbons with a superior performance and a low carbon footprint for future green batteries in Europe. HiQ-CARB is receiving EU funding from EIT RawMaterials to scale up and validate this important battery material.
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SUPERSMART – paper-based printed electronics as environmentally friendly and cost-efficient alternative

The SUPERSMART research project funded by EIT RawMaterials has shown proof: printed electronic components such as sensors and smart labels on paper can play an essential role in building a smart environment for production, retail and logistics. Efficient and reliable production processes make them economically competitive. In terms of resource conservation, climate and the environment, electronics printed on paper have outstanding advantages over conventional substrates and manufacturing processes for smart electronic components. The SUPERSMART project team is proud to have been selected by the international jury as the winner of the 2021 OE-A competition within the category "Best Publicly Funded Project Demonstrator". The award ceremony will take place on April 15, 2021.
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Project launch KERES - Protecting cultural heritage in Germany from extreme climate events

Germany holds the EU Council Presidency until the end of December. In an ambitious program, Germany has set itself the goal of addressing the issues of climate change and the protection of cultural heritage, among others. However, there is still a lack of reliable data and scientific studies on how and, above all, which future extreme weather events will affect our cultural heritage in the various regions of Germany and what measures we can take to protect our cultural heritage. Over the next three years, researchers will investigate this for the first time for Germany in the BMBF-funded project "KERES". The research project is coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg together with the Fraunhofer EU Office in Brussels.
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