Focal AreasThe Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC

Materials analysis
Materials analysis

Fraunhofer ISC offers an extensive portfolio of advanced materials analysis techniques for use in R&D and to support and optimize manufacturing processes and quality assurance. more

Energy storage materials and components
Energy storage materials and components

To meet the growing demands on modern batteries in terms of performance, storage density, reliability and safety, there is a huge need for improvements to present-day technologies. more

Barrier layers and multifunctional layers
Barrier layers and multifunctional layers

We use hybrid polymers, so-called ORMOCER® coatings, to develop new materials. These are now available in biobased and biodegradable variants, so-called bioORMOCER® coatings. more

Coatings and surfaces
Coatings and surfaces

The surface of a product often determines its durability and ability to function correctly when in use. This is where environmental factors have the greatest and most immediate impact, frequently causing damage to components and degradation as a result of mechanical (friction and wear), thermal (ageing), electrochemical (corrosion), and light-induced (UV exposure) processes. more

Bio-active systems
Bio-active systems

Fraunhofer Attract "3DNanoCell" is headed by Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Doris Heinrich and specializes in the development of cell-based 3D assays and 3D scaffolds for tissue engineering. Research is focussed on the analysis of interactions between novel (nano) structured scaffold materials and biological systems. more

Dental
Dental

In the field of dental materials Fraunhofer ISC has longstanding experience in the implementation of materials development into application. more

Materials and structures for electronic components
Materials and structures for electronic components

In order to function reliably when used outdoors or in mobile applications, electronic systems require protective or passivating materials to prevent corrosion of components and conductor paths. more

Glass
Glass

The development, manufacture and characterization of new types of specialty glass and glass ceramics are the ISC’s core competencies. more

Device Development
Device Development

Principal task of Center of Device Development (CeDeD) is to develop scientific research systems for use in both the characterization of new materials and the quality control in production processes. CeDeD offers the full scope of expertise required for scientific development, this includes planning, design and construction of research systems. more

Cultural heritage preservation / restauration
Cultural heritage preservation / restauration

The Fraunhofer ISC´s field of Cultural heritage preservation sees itself as an interface between future-oriented technologies and classic monument preservation. extensive portfolio of advanced materials analysis techniques for use in R&D and to support and optimize manufacturing processes and quality assurance. more

Materials and technologies for micromedicine
Materials and technologies for micromedicine

Manufacturers of microscale medical devices have a need for highly complex structures to serve as templates and scaffolds for tissue growth. more

Optical materials and components
Optical materials and components

Micro-optical components such as lenses, gratings, photonic crystals, and diffractive optical elements employed in optoelectronic devices and by the optical industry are increasingly required to operate in environments that demand very good ageing stability. more

ORMOCER®s
ORMOCER®s

For over 25 years, a major focus of Fraunhofer ISC’s research and development activities has been on ORMOCER®s, a material class of inorganic-organic hybrid polymers based on chemical nanotechnology. The know-how of the synthesis, functionalization and processing of ORMOCER®s has constantly advanced ever since, and they have been adapted for different kinds of applications. more

Particle Technology
Particle Technology

Small particles are essential building-blocks for many advanced materials that are relevant in almost all fields of today’s technologies. Small particles may be tailored to comprise multifunctional properties such as magnetism, electrical and thermal conductivity, luminescence, catalytic activity, flame retardancy etc. at one spot. more

Regenerative medicine
Regenerative medicine

Effective usage of the human body´s self-healing power stands for an essential extension of medical science in aspects of therapeutic options which can be summarized in the keyword regenerative medicine. more

Sensors
Sensors

Thin films of piezoelectric material, manufactured using a sol-gel process and applied as a coating to a flexible steel substrate, can be used to provide integrated switching functions, for instance in automotive applications. more

Smart Materials
Smart Materials

Smart materials are materials with special mechanical properties that can be controlled by application of an electric or magnetic field. more

Theranostics
Theranostics

The main emphasis of the competence field Theranostics is on products enabling highly efficient and personalized therapy accompanying in vitro and in vivo diagnosis or even combine diagnosis and therapy in situ. more