Technical EquipmentThe Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC

Fraunhofer ISC provides more than 8.800 m² laboratory and pilot plant spaces for material synthesis, processing and prototyping at its units in Würzburg, Bronnbach, Bayreuth, Alzenau and Hanau. Furthermore, numerous analytical methods and characterization techniques are available.

Material development – upscaling, pilot production

  • Upscaling of wet chemical synthesis up to 100-l scale
  • Glas melting furnace for batches up to 5 l
  • Fully automated high throughput screening device for specialty glass development
  • Devices for the melting of high temperature alloys, precious metals, processing of amorphous or nano crystalline microstructures


Material processing

  • Modular roll-to-roll coating device (cleanrom class ISO 8) – adaptable for various coating materials, substrates and curing processes
  • Dip coating device (cleanrom class ISO 8) – adaptable for various coating materials, substrates and curing processes; substrates up to 1.20 m edge length
  • Electrochemical processing laboratory for the flexible manufacturing of batteries, from material synthesis up to pilot series cell manufacture
  • Cleanroom for microelectronic and ICT processing
  • Pilot plant for two photon polymerization processing – laser direct writing for real 3D structuring on micro and nano scales
  • 3D printers for hybrid polymers, ceramics and ceramic metal compounds
  • Pilot plant for manufacturing of inorganic fibers with defined degradation (for tissue engineering and wound care)
  • GMP laboratory and labs with near-GMP standards
  • Pilot plant for the synthesis of inorganic polymers – pilot production of spinnable preceramic precursors for ceramic fibers
  • Fiber spinning pilot plant
  • Smart separating processing (physical, chemical, biological) for recycling


Analytics and characterization

  • Accredited service center for chemical and instrumental analytics – more than 50 established measuring methods
  • High-end preparation by ion beam techniques – even for delicate samples, construction materials or composites
  • Electrochemical characterization and post-mortem analytics
  • Battery testing (more than 350 channels, with temperature and humidity control)
  • Wet chemical glass digestion / HF analytics / ICP analytics
  • XRF analytics with melt digestionsurface chemical analytics (XPS, micro IR, micro Raman;
  • TOF-SIMS and SNMS via partner institutions)Molecular analytics – investigation of atomic near-order and chemical bonding (XPS, NMR, IR, Raman)
  • Confocal micro Raman spectrometer combined with AFM – correlation of topographical and chemical information
  • High-resolution electron microscopy (SEM, TEM, analytics of material properties within the SEM)
  • Life cell imaging
  • Laser scanning fluorescent microscope with STED technology
  • 3D atom microprobe