About us

The Fraunhofer IKTS in Profile

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.

The institute operates in nine market-oriented business divisions in order to demonstrate and qualify ceramic technologies and components as well as non-destructive testing methods for new industries, product concepts and markets within and beyond the established fields of application. Industries addressed include ceramic Materials and Processes, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Electronics and Microsystems, Energy, Environmental and Process Engineering, Bio- and Medical Technology, Non-Destructive Testing and Monitoring, Water as well as Materials and Process Analysis.

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 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.