Competence in ceramics

Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS


The Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS conducts applied research on high-performance ceramics. The institute‘s three sites in Dresden and Hermsdorf (Thuringia) collectively represent Europe‘s largest R&D institute dedicated to the study of ceramics.

As a research and technology service provider, the Fraunhofer IKTS develops modern ceramic high-performance materials, customized industrial manufacturing processes and creates prototype components and systems in complete production lines from laboratory scale to pilot plant scale. Furthermore, the institute has expertise in diagnostics and testing of materials and processes. Test procedures in the fields of acoustics, electromagnetics, optics, microscopy and laser technology contribute substantially to the quality assurance of products and plants.

Fraunhofer IKTS works in eight market-oriented business divisions in which it demonstrates and qualifies ceramic technologies and components as well as non-destructive test methods for new industries, product concepts and markets beyond the conventional areas of application. These disciplines include ceramic materials and processes, mechanical and automotive engineering, electronics and microsystems, energy, environmental and process engineering, bio- and medical engineering, optics as well as materials and process analysis.

Press release: New battery concepts for electric vehicles
January 13, 2016

Development of a new Li-ion battery generation for the direct embedding into the chassis of electric vehicles – thyssenkrupp System Engineering GmbH, IAV GmbH and Fraunhofer IKTS start “EMBATT”. Further information

Award: IKTS physics lab technician Jan Ullmann is the best federal apprentice
Dresden, December 17, 2015

Congratulations to Jan Ullmann who finished his final exam as the best federal physics lab technician apprentice with outstanding 98,5 points. The honoring ceremony of the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry took place on December 14. More information in German

Trade fair: Photonics West
February 16–18, 2016, San Francisco, USA

At the German Pavilion Fraunhofer IKTS provides insight into the potential applications of converter and transparent ceramics. More information

Trade fair: FC Expo | Battery Japan
March 2–4, 2016, Tokyo, Japan

Aiming an efficient, flexible and environmentally friendly power supply, Fraunhofer IKTS makes the future of energy come soon. More information

Event: ICC6 | 6th International Congress on Ceramics
August 21–25, 2016, Dresden, Germany

The International Ceramic Federation (ICF) convenes the International Congress on Ceramics (ICC) every two years in cooperation with the ICF member societies.
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Fraunhofer IKTS test center is flexibly accredited for five methods of non-destructive testing (NDT)
March 2015

The DAkkS Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (German accreditation body) granted the test lab of Fraunhofer IKTS flexible accreditation in March 2015. More information

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