About us

The Fraunhofer IKTS in Profile

As a research and technology service provider, the Fraunhofer IKTS develops modern ceramic high-performance materials, customized industrial manufacturing processes and creates prototype components and systems in complete production lines from laboratory scale to pilot plant scale. Furthermore, the institute has expertise in diagnostics and testing of materials and processes. Test procedures in the fields of acoustics, electromagnetics, optics, microscopy and laser technology contribute substantially to the quality assurance of products and plants.

Fraunhofer IKTS works in eight market-oriented business divisions in which it demonstrates and qualifies ceramic technologies and components as well as non-destructive test methods for new industries, product concepts and markets beyond the conventional areas of application. These disciplines include ceramic materials and processes, mechanical and automotive engineering, electronics and microsystems, energy, environmental and process engineering, bio- and medical engineering, optics as well as materials and process analysis.

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 is distinguished by its multiple areas of expertise: The triad of materials know-how, production technologies and systems integration is enhanced by the highest level of materials and process analytics. Chemists, physicists, materials scientists and engineers work together on an interdisciplinary basis at IKTS, with the support of highly skilled technicians.

The Institute is therefore available as a competent consulting partner and starting point for all ceramics-related issues: a real “one-stop shop” for all things ceramic.

Among our unique areas of expertise, we offer:

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

For any class of ceramic materials, we have 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, we hold a particular core competency in paste and film 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.

Synergies between materials and technologies

The combination of differing technology platforms, of functional and structural ceramics for example, allows for multifunctional components and systems that intelligently exploit ceramic properties. This enables the production of innovative products with markedly added value at low cost.

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. Since we understand materials as well as ceramic production processes at a fundamental level, while at the same time master the drafting and integration of complex physical testing systems, we can offer our customers unique solutions for materials issues in production and quality monitoring.

Network creator

We are currently associated with over 450 national and international partners in our ongoing projects. In addition, Fraunhofer IKTS is active in numerous alliances and networks. Within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, for example, we work with the Fraunhofer Group for Materials and Components. Furthermore, Fraunhofer IKTS serves as the spokesperson for the Fraunhofer AdvanCer Alliance, which consists of four institutes that specialize specifically in ceramics. We are in a position to support the development of networks that are needed to develop successful processes, and also to convey and to integrate expertise that goes beyond our own abilities. Our efforts on the front lines of research are based on a wealth of experience and knowledge acquired over many years, which is geared toward our partners' interests.

Standardized management for sustainable quality assurance

Quality, traceability, transparency and sustainability: To us, these are our most important tools for setting ourselves apart from the competition. 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 branch 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.