Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS

New IKTS site

Fraunhofer IKTS develops efficient recycling processes, digitalized manufacturing and test methods, as well as novel cell concepts for economical and sustainable battery production.

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Fraunhofer IKTS vs. Corona

The outstanding property portfolio of advanced ceramics offers the best basis for applications in biomedical analysis or infection control. The Fraunhofer IKTS uses its expertise in materials research to offer solutions for combating the coronavirus pandemic.

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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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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 / April 20, 2021


Fraunhofer IKTS expands development for transparent ceramics

The Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS will take over the transparent ceramics division of CeramTec-ETEC, known under the brand name PERLUCOR®, effective April 1, 2021. The institute is thus further expanding its expertise in the development of transparent ceramics.


Dresden / Germany / April 16, 2021


ReWaMem – Project launched for the reuse of wastewater in textile cleaning

Ceramic nanofiltration developed at IKTS is tested in the textile cleaning industry and contributes to a resource-saving use of industrial wastewater.



Dresden / Germany / April 14, 2021


Without jerking and ernergy loss – New slide bearings with superslide effect

Using wear-resistant ceramic materials, IKTS is developing new slide bearings with extremely low coefficients of friction for greater precision and efficiency.


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)