Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS

Competence in ceramics

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), Germany, collectively represent Europe‘s largest R&D institute dedicated to the study of ceramics.

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Annual report 2015/2016

The annual report of Fraunhofer IKTS provides information and reports about our latest results of research.


The Fraunhofer IKTS is certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001, DIN EN ISO 14001 and EN ISO 13485


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Dresden / Germany / 2.6.2016

Press release

Highest measurement speed and flexibility due to automated ultrasonic testing

The Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS develops application-specific solutions for ultrasonic testing. The systems of PCUS® pro family range from simple manual testing to fully automated ultrasonic testing. At the World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (WCNDT) researchers of Fraunhofer IKTS present the new development PCUS® pro Array II, which is optimized for fast automated testing in metal processing as well as in the fields of railway and automotive, power plant or wind power technology.


Dresden / Germany / 2.6.2016

Press release

Process monitoring with laser speckle photometry – fast, accurate, non-contact, non-destructive

The Laser Speckle Photometry (LSP) is a novel method for in-line monitoring of industrial processes and was developed at Fraunhofer IKTS. The robust and cost-effective system analyzes surface properties and draws conclusions on geometry, porosity, or surface defects of a variety of materials. From June 13 to 17, 2016, the system will be presented at the World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (WCNDT).


Dresden / Germany / 31.5.2016

Press release

Three become one – sensor fusion for a more successful CFRP testing

The established methods for non-destructive testing of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) separately provide only limited information about the material. Whether macroscopic properties, texture parameters or the state of the matrix material, none previously available test method alone can answer all questions.


Dresden / Germany / 2.5.2016

Press release

Fraunhofer IKTS and Singapore Center for 3D-Printing agree on cooperation regarding the additive manufacturing of high-performance ceramic components

In the presence of the Saxon Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich, the institute directors of both research institutions signed a memorandum of understanding on April 30, 2016. This cooperation declares the joint research and development work in the area of additive manufacturing of ceramics as well as the transfer of scientists, PhD candidates and students between Saxony and Singapore.


Lucerne / Switzerland / July 5–8, 2016

Trade fair


At the EFCF conference and exhibition, fuel cell users and manufacturers get to know Fraunhofer IKTS competencies in SOFC systems technology and battery development.


Dresden / Germany / August 21–25, 2016


ICC6 | 6th International Congress on Ceramics

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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Sites of Fraunhofer IKTS

Germany: Dresden, Hermsdorf, Pleissa, Pöhl, Schmalkalden, Leipzig

USA: Storrs (Connecticut)

Current EU-Projects

  • AFLoNext – 2nd Generation active wing - active flow- loads & noise control on next generation wing
  • BET-EU – Materials synergy integration for a better europe
  • CAPTure – Competitive solar power towers
  • CerAMfacturing – Ceramic and multi material components by additive manufacturing methode
  • FlexiFuel-SOFC – Efficient and fuel flexible micro-scale biomass CHP technology
  • MATCH – The creation of the materials common house
  • ProDIA – Manufacturing and control of nanoporous materials
  • SOFCool – Multi-Fuel SOFC CCHP