R&D Service and Project Examples

Our R&D Services

As an application-oriented service provider the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has recognized that translating the fascinating properties of materials at the nanoscale into applications needs efforts of various competences. By the foundation of the alliance nanotechnology almost all aspects of nanotechnology can be analyzed and treated in cooperation with customers in order to develop new products and system solutions.

This begins with the synthesis of nanostructures via chemical and physical methods to produce thin films, particles, fibers, and nanocomposites, the needed process technology for nanomaterials up to the point of production technology as well as testing of lifetime and reliability of nanosystems. Moreover, offers in nanoanalytics and assessment of trends in nanotechnology as cross section topic are added.

It is the aim of these activities to give all chances to the realistic development potential of the nanotechnology for application and realization, far from illusions and exaggerated hopes, and to offer Research & Development for the entire value-added chain of nanotechnological products.

The economic orientation is the guideline for the actions of the Fraunhofer Institutes of the Alliance; this can be seen in project-related cooperation with the commercial sector as well as in public projects and the founding of new companies.

Many Fraunhofer institutes are actively involved in national and European nanotechnology networks.

Project Examples

Project example IMWS Halle (Saale)

Presse Release 2019-06-26

The x-ray microscope ZEISS Xradia 810 Ultra will be used in future for material research in Halle.
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The x-ray microscope ZEISS Xradia 810 Ultra will be used in future for material research in Halle.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

With 3D glasses into the Nano-world

The components, which significantly define their properties in modern, high-performance materials, are becoming ever smaller. For example, in ceramic glass cooker hobs tiny crystals with dimensions of just 30 to 50 nm ensure that the cook top does not expand when heated up and that it does not crack due to cold shock when cold water gets onto the hot plate.

When designing such and similar materials, the question often arises: How can these tiny structural units be made visible in order to analyze them? In such cases one usually applies electron microscopy methods. However, this requires a complex preparation of the sample and ultimately only provides a two-dimensional sectional image of a very small mass. Often, however, it is exactly that information about the three-dimensional distribution of such structures in larger volumes, a tomogram, which is of great importance.

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Project example ISC Wuerzburg

Press Release 2019-04-29

DNA-stabilized metal quantum clusters belong to a novel class of biological nanomaterials and, in the future, could be used as highly sensitive, cost-effective biosensors. With their fluorescence properties researchers could detect diseases quickly and reliably.
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DNA-stabilized metal quantum clusters belong to a novel class of biological nanomaterials and, in the future, could be used as highly sensitive, cost-effective biosensors. With their fluorescence properties researchers could detect diseases quickly and reliably.                                                                        

Project BioSensing – detecting pathogens using quantum technology

Safe diagnoses of diseases, identification of multidrug-resistant germs, detection of beginning epidemics at an early stage or detection of toxins and pathogens in drinking water and food in even the lowest concentrations – these are major challenges and goals of current research programs. One of the most promising tools for these tasks are novel and considerably improved biosensors. The project "BioSensing" of the Fraunhofer Institutes for Silicate Research ISC and for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME and the Leiden University, Institute of Physics aims to overcome the limits of modern biosensors with the help of quantum technology.

Medical diagnoses could be even more reliable and efficient with the use of biosensors, but researchers face great challenges. The sensors should be sufficiently sensitive to detect even the smallest amounts of pathogens in the blood or other biological fluids. At the same time, they should be able to identify even difficult-to-diagnose diseases in real time so that effective therapy procedures can start at an early stage.

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Project example IKTS Dresden

Press Release 2017-05-30

Ceramic membranes by the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS
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Ceramic membranes by the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS

Cleaning waste water effectively

Water is vital – therefore, waste water has to be cleaned as efficiently as possible. Ceramic membranes make this possible. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS in Hermsdorf, Germany were able to significantly reduce the separation limits of these membranes and to reliably filter off dissolved organic molecules with a molar mass of only 200 Dalton. Even industrial sewage water can thus be cleaned efficiently.

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Project example IAP Potsdam-Golm

Press Release 2015-10-01

Quantum dots make it possible to display any color in full brilliance.
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Quantum dots make it possible to display any color in full brilliance.

Brilliant colors from environmentally friendly crystals

Quantum dots have made it possible to substantially increase color quality in LCD displays. However, these cadmium-based nanocrystals have proven to be harmful to the environment. Fraunhofer researchers are working together with an industry partner to develop a promising alternative: quantum dots based on indium phosphide.

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Project example IPA Stuttgart

Press Release 2014-07-01

Development of nano-material based supercapacitors
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Development of nano-material based supercapacitors

Nano-supercapacitors for electric cars

Innovative nano-material based supercapacitors are set to bring mass market appeal a good step closer to the lukewarm public interest in Germany. This movement is currently being motivated by the advancements in the state-of-the-art of this device. Electric cars are very much welcomed in Norway and they are a common sight on the roads of the Scandinavian country, in contrast to the situation in Germany.

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Ongoing EU projects with FhG participation in the Horizon 2020 program in the field of nanotechnology

Supersmart for paper based and polymer based electronic systems

A testing bed for the development of high-risk medical devices

Risk Governance of Nanotechnology

Next-generation theranostics of brain pathologies with autonomous externally controllable nanonetworks: a trans-disciplinary approach with bio-nanodevice interfaces

Establishing a Nanotechnology Risk Governance Framework

Large Riblet Surface with Super Hardnesss, Mechanical and Temperature Resistance by Nano Functionalization

Graphene Flagship Core Project 2

Subwavelength Nanostructure Pilot (Sun-Pilot)

Antimicrobial FLEXible POLymers for its use in hospital environments

Pilot line production of functional polymer nanocomposites from natural halloysite nanotubes: demonstrating controlled release of active antimicrobials in food packaging applications.

High level Integrated SEnsor for NanoToxicity Screening

Innovation test bed for development and production of nanomaterials for lightweight embedded electronics

Innovative manufacturing processes and in-line monitoring techniques for the OLED and thin film and organic photovoltaic industries (CIGS and OPV)

Open characterisation and modelling environment to drive innovation in advanced nano-architectured and bio-inspired hard/soft interfaces

CarbON Nanotube compositE InterconneCTs

Highly efficient cladding eco-panels with improved nano-insulation properties

Innovative High Resolution Electro-Static printing of Multifunctional Materials.

Functionally graded Additive Manufacturing scaffolds by hybrid manufacturing