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.

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 / June 1, 2023

Press release

Energy-efficient and low in emissions — silicon carbide recycling with RECOSiC©

Researchers at Fraunhofer IKTS have developed RECOSiC©, an especially environmentally friendly recycling process that turns these by-products and waste products back into high-quality silicon carbide. This new process improves yields and also reduces the dependency on suppliers of raw materials.


Dresden / Germany / April 6, 2023


Eco-friendly water treatment for sustainable aquaculture

In the WeBoat project, researchers are working on green technologies for water treatment in aquaculture. As a result, the project helps reduce environmental pollution and protects native aquatic species.


Hermsdorf / Germany / April 6, 2023


Powerful and safe: polymer-ceramic electrolytes for the energy transition

As part of the “Battery 2020 Transfer” initiative, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research will fund the “PCEforNB” project (polymer-ceramic electrolytes (PCE) for medium-temperature Na-batteries) for three years and with 1.7 million euros.

Annual Report 2022/23

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)