Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS

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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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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 / October 14, 2021


Learning by ear – Self-learning monitoring of compressors

They are used to operate heat pumps and jackhammers, fill car tires with air, clean surfaces, or for saliva suction in dentistry – the areas of application for compressors are manifold.


Dresden / Germany / October 12, 2021

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Water is key for new closed resource loops

To ensure that water does not slow down key industries, the energy transition and food security, several research groups at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS are working on projects that at-tempt to solve current problems in the water, agriculture, and energy sectors in a holistic approach.


Dresden / Germany / October 5, 2021


Vertical farming at ceramics institute

#diensttalk with Nico Domurath about Vertical Farming and how we can use ceramic technologies to make plant cultivation more sustainable and resource-efficient.

Annual Report 2020/2021

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)