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Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS

At a glace:

  • Europe’s largest research facility for advanced ceramics
  • Development of materials, technologies and systems that make the conversion of materials and energy safe, efficient and environmentally and climate friendly
  • World leader in the field of separation with ceramic materials
  • Development of technologies for sustainable energy supply: Energy storage and fuel cell systems, solar cells, energy harvesting modules, thermal energy systems, bioenergy and chemical energy sources
  • Water technologies: IKTS offers technological solutions for chemical- and biology-free treatment of wastewater and industrial process water

The Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS covers the field of advanced ceramics from basic preliminary research through to the entire range of applications. Superbly equipped laboratories and technical facilities covering 30,000 m2 of useable space have been set up for this purpose at the sites in Dresden and Hermsdorf. Based on comprehensive materials expertise in advanced ceramic materials, the institute’s development work covers the entire value creation chain, all the way to prototype production. Fraunhofer IKTS forms a triad of materials, technology and systems expertise, which is enhanced by the highest level of extensive materials diagnostics for materials beyond ceramics. Chemists, physicists, materials scientists and engineers work together on an interdisciplinary basis at IKTS. All tasks are supported by highly skilled technicians.

Fraunhofer IKTS forms a triad of materials, technology and systems competence, which is complemented by extensive materials diagnostics at the highest level for materials far beyond ceramics. Researchers from different scientific fields, for example chemistry, materials science, engineering and software development, work together in an interdisciplinary way at IKTS and are supported in their work by experienced technicians. The focus is on challenges facing society as a whole in the area of new forms of mobility, innovative concepts for the circular economy, and efficient digital production.

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