Materials: Optimization of Material Properties and Development of new Materials

Customized material solutions for industry and society

As a materials research institute, the Fraunhofer ISC develops innovative, functional and sustainable materials for industry-related applications. We develop new and customized material solutions and coatings for complex requirements or help you to optimize the material properties of your products. Our focus is on glass, glass ceramics, ceramics, plastics – especially inorganic-organic hybrid polymers – as well as sol-gel materials, particles and smart materials.

The field of regenerative medicine and diagnostics is also part of our research, in which we examine cell-based tissue models, stem cell-based carrier materials as implants and new bioactive materials.

Battery Materials

Material and component development
for current and future batteries.

Bioactive Materials

Development of intelligent, biohybrid materials and transfer of the corresponding manufacturing technology into an economical production process.


Ceramic Materials

Research and development in the field
of oxidic and non-oxidic special ceramics
and ceramic composites.

Coatings and Lacquers

Many years of experience in the
development of inorganic and hybrid
materials and in the optimization of
coating processes.

Composite Materials

Development and optimization of reinforcing components such as fibres or particles, the associated matrix materials and interfaces, i.e. coatings for interfaces between matrix and reinforcement.

Electrochromic Systems

Innovative electrochromic systems and
tailor-made coating technologies for
efficient lighting control.

Fluorine-free functional coatings

The combination of physical and chemical effects in ORMOCER® coatings enables tailor-made solutions replace PFAS.

Glass and
Glass Ceramics

Development, production and
characterization of special glasses and
glass ceramics.




Know-how on synthesis, functionalization and further processing of ORMOCER® (inorganic-organic hybrid polymers).


Customized development and
production of multifunctional
micro- and nanoparticles.

Polymers / ORMOCER®

Optimization and refinement of polymers and their manufacturing processes through multifunctional coatings and additives.


Tailor-made material solutions for special
applications in the fields of automotive,
electronics, engineering, aerospace,
energy and medicine.

Smart Materials

The Center Smart Materials and
Adaptive Systems CeSMA focuses on
the development of adaptive materials
that become »smart« through
additional functions.

Sol-Gel Materials

Based on classical sol-gel chemistry, the Fraunhofer ISC synthesizes precursors for non-metallic, inorganic materials using environmentally friendly, REACH-compliant materials.