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 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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Dresden / Germany / May 27, 2019


Occurrence and fate of microplastic in the marine environment MICRO-FATE starts with Pacific Ocean expedition

To date, little is known about what happens to microplastic in the sea. The MICRO-FATE project is expected to bring about a change to this situation.


Dresden / Germany / May 7, 2019


Prof. Alexander Michaelis elected as new President of the German Ceramic Society (DKG)

The DKG is the ceramic society with the largest number of members in Europe and one of the oldest professional associations in the world. For more than 100 years, the DKG has been the forum for all technical and scientific questions concerning ceramics.


Hermsdorf / Germany / April 15, 2019

Press release

New pilot center for batteries and membranes: ground-breaking ceremony marks begin of construction

Ceramic batteries and membranes for filtration and gas separation – these are the research topics that will be the focus of the future "Pilot Center for Powder Synthesis and Extrusion". The construction phase at the Hermsdorf site of the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS has now begun with a ground-breaking ceremony. The pilot center, which is funded by the federal government and the Free State of Thuringia with 5 million euros, is tailored to the requirements of complex research topics and an important link for future technology transfer. The build will be completed in June 2020.


Hermsdorf / Germany / March 29, 2019


Launch of model region for the implementation of hydrogen technologies

Fraunhofer IKTS part of H2-Well project. The project network H2-Well for the development of a model region to implement hydrogen technologies on site will be funded over the next five years with approx. 15 million euros from funds of the Federal Research Ministry.



Düsseldorf / Germany / June 25–29, 2019

Trade fair

The Bright World of Metals – GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS und NEWCAST

Around 78,000 visitors and 2,200 exhibitors from all over the world make Düsseldorf the world capital for “The Bright World of Metals” once again. We are represented at GIFA with ceramic foundry solutions.


Nuremberg / Germany / June 25–27, 2019

Trade fair

Sensor + Test

Visitors will experience the entire spectrum of measuring and testing systems expertise from sensors to computers


Dresden / Germany / September 23–25, 2019


Dresden Battery Days 2019

The 3rd Dresden Battery Days will be dedicated to the exchange of knowledge between international electrochemical energy storage experts. Focus topic of the symposium is “All-solid-state batteries – already on the way from the laboratory to production?”


Dresden / Germany / October 9–11, 2019


ISPA 2019

The symposium will focus on haptic solutions and medical applications as well as other technological developments related to piezoceramics and functional units to provide solutions for control and positioning tasks, measuring tasks, power supply, materials treatment, and ultrasound and vibration applications.


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
  • FlexiFuel-SOFC – Fuel flexible micro-scale biomass CHP system
  • HiEff-BioPower – Highly efficient and fuel flexible CHP technology
  • INTEGRAL – 2nd generation of thermoelectric generators ...
  • MATCH – The creation of the materials common house
  • 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)