About us

The Fraunhofer IKTS in Profile

The Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS covers the field of advanced ceramics from basic preliminary research through to the entire range of applications. Superbly equipped laboratories and technical facilities covering 30,000 m2 of useable space have been set up for this purpose at the sites in Dresden and Hermsdorf. Based on comprehensive materials expertise in advanced ceramic materials, the institute’s development work covers the entire value creation chain, all the way to prototype production. Fraunhofer IKTS forms a triad of materials, technology and systems expertise, which is enhanced by the highest level of extensive materials diagnostics for materials beyond ceramics. Chemists, physicists, materials scientists and engineers work together on an interdisciplinary basis at IKTS. All tasks are supported by highly skilled technicians.

The focus is placed on manufacturers and especially existing and potential users of ceramics as project partners and customers. Fraunhofer IKTS operates in nine market-oriented divisions in order to demonstrate and qualify ceramic technologies and components as well as non-destructive test methods for new industries, product ideas and markets outside the traditional areas of use.

The focus is on the challenges facing society as a whole in the area of new forms of mobility, sustainable concepts for energy and water technologies as well as efficient digital production for which Fraunhofer IKTS integrates tried-and-tested and new  materials, technology and systems concepts. They are used in the business divisions Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Electronics and Microsystems, Energy, Water, Environmental and Process Engineering, Bio- and Medical Technology as well as Non-Destructive Testing and Monitoring. In the cross-sectional divisions of Materials and Processes as well as Material and  Process Analysis, established and new technologies are continuously being further developed as “enabling technologies“ for all other fields.

Among our unique areas of expertise, we offer:


End-to-end production lines: from starting materials to prototypes


For any class of ceramic materials, Fraunhofer IKTS has access to all the standard processes of raw materials preparation, forming, heat treatment and finish processing. Where it makes sense, the institute can even conduct phase synthesis. In functional ceramics, IKTS holds a particular core competency in paste and tape technology. Multiple clean rooms and low- contamination production areas are kept at the ready, among other things, for multilayer ceramics and highly purified oxide ceramics lines of technology.

Multi-scale development


Fraunhofer IKTS can convert developments from the lab into the technical standard. There is industrially suited equipment and machinery of the latest designs available for all relevant lines of technology, in order for partners and customers to realize the prototypes and pilot-production series needed for market launch, to develop production processes, and to implement quality processes. Thus, residual cost risks and time to market can be minimized.

Competent analysis and quality assessment


High-performance analysis and quality control are a decisive factor for market acceptance of products, especially in ceramic production processes. The fundamental understanding of materials and ceramic manufacturing processes in conjunction with the design and integration of complex testing systems enables unique solutions to be found for key material issues in product development, manufacturing and quality assurance.


Synergies between materials, technologies and applications


The targeted combination of different technology platforms, of functional and structural ceramics for example, allows for multi-functional components and systems that intelligently exploit various ceramic properties. Innovative products with significant added value and lower costs can be directly tested, validated and optimized in several application centers.


Network creator


In ongoing projects Fraunhofer IKTS is currently associated with over 450 national and international partners. In addition, IKTS is active in numerous regional, national and international alliances and networks. Thus, the institute is well networked with the Fraunhofer Group for Materials and Components – MATERIALS – as well as with another 11 alliances within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. By building up and actively working within various networks, Fraunhofer IKTS is able to identify and impart complementary competences at an early stage and integrate them for successful product development. In this way, solutions can be found in the interests of our partners far beyond the traditional materials development.

Cross-locational management for sustainable quality assurance

Quality, traceability, transparency and sustainability: to Fraunhofer IKTS, these are the most important tools to provide partners and customers with valid, reproducible and resource-saving research results. The IKTS therefore administers a standardized management system per DIN EN ISO 9001 as well as an environmental management system in accordance with  DIN EN ISO 14001. Furthermore, each site of the institute is certified according to additional guidelines, including the German Medical Devices Act, and is regularly subjected to a variety of industrial audits.