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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Dresden / Germany / October 14, 2019


Green visit to Hermsdorf

Katrin Göring-Eckardt, member of the German Bundestag and leader of the parliamentary group Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen, visited IKTS at its Hermsdorf site.


Dresden / Germany / October 14, 2019


FlexiFuel-SOFC: Breakthrough in biomass-based micro-scale CHP

Researchers at Fraunhofer IKTS, together with partners from industry and science, have developed a new, fuel-flexible biomass CHP technology for the power range from 25 to 150 kW as part of the Horizon2020 project FlexiFuel-SOFC.


Dresden / Germany / October 9, 2019

Press release

Ceramic technologies for highly efficient power-to-X processes

The speedy reduction of worldwide CO2 emissions is one of the most pressing and challenging tasks of our time. Alongside the strategy of avoiding CO2 emissions altogether, there are a number of technologies which transform unavoidable CO2 into valuable products.


Dresden / Germany / September 17, 2019

Press release

Cost-effective wind energy thanks to automated maintenance

The expansion of onshore wind turbines is stagnating. This is mainly due to rarely suitable areas and protests by residents. Wind turbines on the open sea are an alternative – but the production of offshore energy is currently much more expensive.


Dresden / Germany / September 2, 2019

Press release

Biocompatible stents provide better protection against occluded blood vessels

Cardiovascular stents are special implants used to widen blood vessels that have become constricted as a result of calcium deposits. In some cases, the body’s immune system can reject these implants in a process known as foreign-body reaction.


Cologne / Germany / October 22–24, 2019

Trade fair


Filtration and separation techniques are basic process operations. We show how these can be carried out with ceramics even in high-temperature processes and chemically aggressive environments.


Munich / Germany / November 12–15, 2019

Trade fair


International, innovative, unrivalled: Productronica is the only event of its kind which showcases the entire electronics manufacturing value chain.


Dusseldorf / Germany / November 18–21, 2019

Trade fair


IKTS is a certified R&D services provider and shows bioceramic solutions for implantology and medical electronics.

Current EU-Projects

  • AFLoNext – 2nd Generation active wing - active flow- loads & noise ...
  • BET-EU – Materials synergy integration for a better europe
  • CAPTure – Competitive solar power towers
  • CerAMfacturing – Ceramic components by additive manufacturing
  • E.T.PACK – Electrodynamic Tether technology for Passive Consumable-less ...
  • FlexiFuel-SOFC – Fuel flexible micro-scale biomass CHP system
  • HiEff-BioPower – Highly efficient and fuel flexible CHP technology
  • INTEGRAL – 2nd generation of thermoelectric generators ...
  • NDTonAIR – Training network in non-destructive testing ...
  • ProDIA – Manufacturing and control of nanoporous materials

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Sites of Fraunhofer IKTS

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

USA: Storrs (Connecticut)

Annual report 2018/2019

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, EN ISO 13485 and DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025.

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