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Fraunhofer Nanotechnology Alliance

    Nanomaterials / nanochemistry
  IAP   Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP, Golm
Tissue, cells, blood cells - biological material provides numerous models for polymeric nanosystems. Synthetic polymers designed according to biological construction principles are therefore excellent carrier for active pharmaceutical ingredients (drug carrier). By providing these polymeric nanoparticles with specially tailored surfaces and structures, they can be directed to specific sites in the body (drug targeting).
Nanocomposites are a new material class in the plastics sector that will decisively influence material adaptation and material optimization in the future. Polymeric nano- or microparticles of uniform shape and size, such as are obtained by emulsion polymerization, can be organized into highly ordered, crystal-like structures.
Birefringent film components with light-modulating properties are key elements in display technology or technology fields such as sensor technology or optical measuring technology.
Block copolymers are the basis for macroscopically homogeneous polymer alloys with a nanoscale sub-structure.
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  ICT   Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT, Pfinztal
The main research topic of the nanotechnology group is the production of polymer compounds using nanoscale additives to adjust the electrical, mechanical or thermal properties of thermoplastic polymers.
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  ICT-IMM   Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology, Mainz branch (IMM)
In Nanoparticle Technologies division we at Fraunhofer ICT-IMM are dealing with the production and characterization of nanoparticles with diverse attributes and application possibilities in medicine, pharmacy as well as in the consumer goods industry. Another area of expertise is bio-nano interfaces.
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  IFAM   Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM, Bremen
Most of IFAM's activities in the area of nano technology concern the interface between the surface of the nanoparticles and the polymer matrix. These activities include the manufacture of metallic nanoparticles, the surface modification of a wide range of nanoparticles, the compounding of nanoparticles with matrix polymers and the characterisation of nanocomposites right through to the development of new analytical methods. Other key areas of work concern surface and thin film technology and relevant analysis.
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  IKTS   Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Dresden
Sub-µm-and nano-technologies for transparent ceramic components exhibiting highest strength, hardness and wear resistance together with an extreme thermal and chemical stability
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to Department Bio- and Nanotechnology of Fraunhofer IKTS, Dresden
  ISC   Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC, Würzburg
The main focus of the Fraunhofer ISC is the production of nanomaterials. The sol-gel technology plays an important role for the manufacture of inorganic nano-scaled structure e.g. antireflex coating of glasses and the production of interference filters. Another nanomaterial are the inorganic-organic hybrid polymers (ORMOCER®e). With these polymers nano-scaled structures for microelectronic could be produced. Besides permeable hollow fibers inorganic hollow fibers (SiO2) with nanopores can also be fabricated, which show high gas separation. Functionalized nanoparticles as filler and carrier material complete the nano-scaled material range.
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  IVV   Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV, Freising
The Fraunhofer IVV carries out R&D work on plastic packaging materials for food and pharmaceutical products and technical applications. The main focus of these activities is on developing and characterizing flexible polymer films which possess barrier properties or active additional functions. Our expertise includes film manufacture and conversion as well as carrying out tests on material properties such as permeation measurements and mechanical parameters.
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  IWS   Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS, Dresden
With respect to thin films produced by PVD, CVD or laser processing, our scientists have a wide range of experiences. The nanostructuring of tetragonal-amorphous carbon films by Scanning Transmission Microscopy (STM) enables, e.g., information storage with extremely high storage density up to > 10.000 Gb/in2 and extreme long-term stability.
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    Nanooptics / nanoelectronics
  EMFT   Fraunhofer Research Institution for Microsystems and Solid State Technologies, Munich
The R&D activities of Fraunhofer EMFT focus on developing novel sensors and sensor systems for physical, chemical and biological parameters. A team of scientists develops sensor materials at the Fraunhofer EMFT location in Regensburg: specific chemical modification is deployed for creating functional molecules to be used in nanosensors, e.g. for cell analytics. 3D integration technologies and nanostructuring processes enable miniaturized, highly integrated NEMS (Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems), capable of fulfilling the ultimate robustness and reliability requirements.
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  ENAS   Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS, Chemnitz
The Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS in Chemnitz focuses on research and development in the field of smart systems integration by using micro and nano technologies together with partners in Germany and overseas, especially in Europe and Asia. Derived from the future needs of the industry Fraunhofer ENAS focuses on high precision silicon MEMS und NEMS (micro electro mechanical system und nano electro mechanical system), polymer based low-cost systems, RF MEMS, MEMS/NEMS design, development and test, wafer level packaging of MEMS and NEMS, green and wireless systems, metallization and interconnect systems for micro and nano electronics as well as 3D integration, process and equipment simulation, reliability and security of components and systems, printed functionalities.
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  IISB   Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB, Erlangen
The research and development activities of Fraunhofer IISB can be summarized by the two mottoes: "Nanotechnology for Electronics" – "Electronics for Sustainable Energy Use"
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  ISE   Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg
The Fraunhofer ISE is engaged in the field of organical and dye solar cells with new concepts and production technologies as further developments this novel photovoltaic converter. Besides the comprehension of optical absorption- and electrical transport processes is a matter of the further development of nano scaled semiconductor materials and the conception of light management of microstructures. These concepts could be transformed to the field of displays. Another focus is the investigation of optically variable layer systems based on electro- and photo-chromatic material systems. Besides the basic research on these systems production technologies will be developed for large area manufacturing with these systems.   Overview |  Details "Dye- and Organic Solar Cells"
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    Nanoprocessing / handling
  ILT   Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, Aachen
Laser and photon-based processes play an ever-increasing role in the production of nanotechnology products and lead to more flexible, cost-effective manufacturing solutions. Examples are laser processing of nanoparticulate films, the production of deterministic periodic surface structures by multibeam interference, multi-photon nano-drilling as well as lithography with extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation. Also in the area of metrology and diagnostics, laser-based processes open up new possibilities. For example, this could be the spectral analysis of airborne nanoparticles, the measurement of film thicknesses on the nanometer scale using LIBS (Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) or EUV microscopy. In addition, Fraunhofer ILT develops customized beam sources for nanoscale applications. These include 13 nm sources for nanolithography and high-power ultra-short pulse lasers for nanostructuring. Furthermore, ILT is active in the field of the designing and manufacturing plasmonic components for nanophotonics.
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  IPA   Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, Stuttgart
As your partner for contract research we develop and optimise solutions for different tasks in engineering sciences. In the range of coating technologies processes with high process reliability and reproducibility in coordination between material development and coating process are formed. Thereby planning, developments, modelling and simulations up to implementations suitable for production are in the front.
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  IGB   Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Stuttgart
The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB offers R&D solutions in the fields of health, environment and technology. Our competences comprise interfacial engineering and membrane technology as well as biotechnology, cell biology and bioprocess engineering. We offer solutions from market analysis through research & development until the finished product.
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  IMWS   Fraunhofer Institute of Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS
The main emphasis of IMWS Halle in nanotechnology lies in the development and qualified use of functionalized nano structured materials for biotechnology such as nano-structuring by microsystem focussed ion beam techniques and surface functionalization of nanoporous membrane layers by enzymes.
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  ITEM   Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM, Hannover
ITEM has been investigating for more than 25 years primarily the toxic mechanisms and effects of inhaled substances in the respiratory tract. Research contracts are conducted for the pharmaceutical and chemical industry as well as for public sponsors. In the last decade, pharma research competencies have been enlarged continuously. Besides molecular (omics methods), preclinical and clinical pharma research (focus: allergy and asthma research), toxicological investigations on occupational and environmental issues and consumer protection are of crucial importance. A long-term competency is existing in the characterization and toxicological investigation of particle and fiber aerosols. For man-made mineral fibers, a standard test analyzing the biopersistence in vivo has been established. The actually discussed issue of the toxicological assessment of engineered nanoparticles has initiated a new research topic "nanotoxicology". Within the Fraunhofer nanoparticle alliance a battery of in vitro assays will be established that can help the producers to characterize rapidly and at affordable costs the toxicological potential of new nanoparticles before marketing the products.
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    New equipment / methods
 IKTS   Department Bio- and Nanotechnology of Fraunhofer IKTS - Dresden
Novel materials and production technologies in thin-film- and nanotechnology as well as for biological and medical applications require new methods of testing. Fraunhofer IKTS continuously develops innovative, theoretically, experimentally and technologically oriented methods and devices to solve challenging tasks in fields like nanotechnology. In addition to the development of electronics, their application gains increasing importance.
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    Technology transfer/ consulting
  IAO   Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, Stuttgart
The Fraunhofer IAO deals with current questions in the field of management technology. The nanotechnology holds an innovation potential for many seminal industrial applications. The environmental and power technology benefits from the tiny all-rounder. The nanotechnology offers various possibilities of application, e.g. supply of drinking water, saving of valuable resourses and climate protection.
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  ISI   Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, Karlsruhe
Relevant to industry, relevant to society – the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI investigates how technical and organizational innovations shape industry and society today and in the future. A trademark of the systemic approach is the integration of research disciplines and the construction of a network for innovations, together with clients and interested parties. With its expertise, experience and reports, ISI as one of the application-oriented research institutes in the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft makes a contribution towards strengthening European competitiveness. For this reason, politicians, associations and enterprises utilize Fraunhofer ISI as a foresighted and neutral intellectual mastermind able to convey visions for decisions.
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