The Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS covers the field of advanced ceramics from basic preliminary research through to the entire range of applications. Superbly equipped laboratories and technical facilities covering 30,000 m2 of useable space have been set up for this purpose at the sites in Dresden and Hermsdorf. 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 forms a triad of materials, technology and systems expertise, which is enhanced by the highest level of extensive materials diagnostics for materials beyond ceramics. Chemists, physicists, materials scientists and engineers work together on an interdisciplinary basis at IKTS. All tasks are supported by highly skilled technicians.
The focus is placed on manufacturers and especially existing and potential users of ceramics as project partners and customers. Fraunhofer IKTS operates in nine market-oriented divisions in order to demonstrate and qualify ceramic technologies and components as well as non-destructive test methods for new industries, product ideas and markets outside the traditional areas of use.
The focus is on the challenges facing society as a whole in the area of new forms of mobility, sustainable concepts for energy and water technologies as well as efficient digital production for which Fraunhofer IKTS integrates tried-and-tested and new materials, technology and systems concepts. They are used in the business divisions Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Electronics and Microsystems, Energy, Water, Environmental and Process Engineering, Bio- and Medical Technology as well as Non-Destructive Testing and Monitoring. In the cross-sectional divisions of Materials and Processes as well as Material and Process Analysis, established and new technologies are continuously being further developed as “enabling technologies“ for all other fields.