Characterization Technologies


Materials testing and characterization are central components in the manufacture of medical products and medical implants, their certification and growing into biological tissue. The testing of materials and reagents should be gentle, fast and non-destructive. Ideally, product and method development go hand in hand.    

The Characterization Technologies workgroup strives to meet this ideal by utilizing, adapting and developing further established methods of non-destructive testing. These methods include atomic force microscopy (AFM) and atomic force acoustic microscopy (AFAM), optical coherence tomography (OCT) (also combined with additive manufacturing, AM), fractal fluorescence decay behavior (FFD), techniques of industrial computed tomography (CT), and 3D radiography. In addition to developing methods, the Fraunhofer IKTS researchers also design test systems that meet the requirements of the relevant DIN standards and are tailored to suit the respective client requirements.

Current research

Optical coherence tomography monitoring of selective laser melting


Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and atomic force acoustic microscopy (AFAM)


Fractal fluorescence decay (FFD)


Optical coherence tomography (OCT)


X-ray computed tomography (CT) in biotechnology and medical engineering