Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS)

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.


Prof. Dr. Alexander Michaelis
Dr.-Ing. Mareike Partsch

Winterbergstr. 28, 01277 Dresden

Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films (IST)

The Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST focuses on research and development in the fields of material synthesis and functionalization, surface treatment and modification, coating technologies and characterization, and production technology. Within the department “Process and Production Technologies for Sustainable Energy Storage”, battery research is set as the central topic, focusing on material and energy storage development and the associated process technologies. Further key areas of research include the holistic design of factory systems and life cycle management for energy storage systems. Since 2019 the institute has been operating the Fraunhofer Project Center for Energy Storage and Systems ZESS in Braunschweig together with the Fraunhofer IKTS and Fraunhofer IFAM.

One major focus of the research activities at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST is the manufacture of novel solid-state batteries. These activities cover the complete life cycle from raw material to battery recycling. As part of the funded start-up projects of the project center, ZESS, IST is currently conducting research on technologies for the acquisition and processing of data throughout the battery life cycle, scalable manufacturing technologies for ASSB, the simulation of complete battery cell factories, and the economic and ecological evaluation of processes and process chains. In the FestBatt cluster of competence for solid-state batteries, IST is responsible for the “Scalable production of sulfidic solid electrolytes” and is represented in the second project phase of the ProZell cluster of competence with the project, E-Qual.

Project participation