Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS

ECerS Conference 2021

Planned every two years, the ECerS conference series focuses on cutting-edge research and product developments in a wide range of ceramic-related areas, and the technical program provides an opportunity for scientists, researchers, engineers and industry leaders from around the world to present and exchange findings on recent advances in ceramic science and technology.

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New business division »Water«

Fraunhofer IKTS provides solutions for the treatment of waste water and industrial process water – from multifunctional components to compact overall systems. Our successful methods focus on combining ceramic membranes for micro-, ultra- and nanofiltration with electrochemical, sonochemical and photocatalytic processes.

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Reachable in times of Corona

In the current situation we all are faced with major challenges.

To Fraunhofer IKTS, the health of its employees as well as protecting all of Fraunhofer’s business partners is of utmost importance. Therefore, all measures are currently being implemented to ensure that all our units continue to function, and that projects and orders are properly managed – while minimizing the risk of infection and protecting all those concerned. However, we kindly ask for your understanding, as restrictions are to be expected. Consequently, our employees mainly operate from home.

Please contact your known representatives using the available contact details, preferably by e-mail.

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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.

As a research and technology service provider, the Fraunhofer IKTS develops advanced high-performance ceramic materials, industrial manufacturing processes as well as prototype components and systems in complete production lines up to the pilot-plant scale. In addition, the research portfolio also includes materials diagnostics and testing. The test procedures in the fields of acoustics, electromagnetics, optics and microscopy contribute substantially to the quality assurance of products and plants.


Dresden / Germany / May 26, 2020


Thermoelectrics: old effect with big potential for the future

Europe's energy supply is undergoing a fundamental transformation: away from nuclear and fossil fuels and towards renewable energy sources. Especially in the field of energy efficiency, thermoelectrics can offer easily implementable and customizable solutions.


Dresden / Germany / May 19, 2020


Cleaning outer space without fuel

Our modern networked world is unimaginable without the support of satellites from space. Navigation, broadcasting or mobile communication are just a few examples. Space stations, such as the ISS, are used for research purposes.


Dresden / Germany / May 19, 2020


Battery cells for electric mobility made in EU – ASTRABAT

With 14 partners from eight countries, ASTRABAT, a major European project for the production of novel battery cells, was launched in January. Europe aims to set new standards by 2023 – from the processing of raw materials to cell production and recycling. Fraunhofer IKTS is involved in the project under the leadership of Dr. Kristian Nikolowski. We met him for some insights.

Annual report 2019/2020

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.

Sites of Fraunhofer IKTS

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

USA: Storrs (Connecticut)