Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC is one out of 69 institutes and research units of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e. V., the largest European institution for applied research [2.1 billion euros annual research budget totaling. Of this sum, 1.9 billion euros generated through contract research. 24,500 staff (qualified scientists and engineers)]. Fraunhofer ISC has become one of the leading R&D centers on energy and resource efficiency. With a permanent staff of about 400 scientists and technicians the Institute works to develop innovative materials for today’s and tomorrow’s products. The parent institute is located in Würzburg. With its Center for High-Temperature Materials and Design HTL at Bayreuth and its Project Group for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies at Alzenau and Hanau it pools extensive knowledge and expert know-how on materials and their processing. As part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Institute is crosslinked with its sister institutes and a number of other R&D institutions in and outside Europe. It is involved in a multitude of joint projects on national and international scale.
As parent institute to quite a number of different entities, the Fraunhofer ISC is privileged to combine first-rate expertise in materials science with long-standing experience in materials processing, application and analysis. With a clear focus on resource and energy efficiency, the institute puts great emphasis on the use of regrowing and economically friendly raw materials, on the substitution of critical materials and on smart and sustainable processing techniques.
In addition to contract R&D, Fraunhofer ISC can provide analytical services up into production, perform characterization tasks, optimize processes, design customized devices and undertake the upscaling of production and processing techniques to pilot scale.