The Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS conducts applications-oriented research in the field of high-performance ceramics. The three branches of the institute, located in Dresden and Hermsdorf (Thuringia), jointly form the largest institution for ceramics research in Europe. As research and technology service provider, Fraunhofer IKTS develops ultramodern high- performance ceramic materials, industrially relevant manufacturing processes, prototype components and systems in complete production lines, through to pilot-scale production. At its heart are market-viable ceramic solutions for mechanical and plant engineering, energy and environmental technology, optics, medical technology as well as electronics and microsystems technology. The Materials Diagnostics branch of the Institute, which emerged from the Dresden-based site of the former Fraunhofer Institute for Non-Destructive Testing IZFP in January 2014, expands the research portfolio with expertise in materials diagnostics and testing. The test procedures in the fields of acoustics, electromagnetics, optics, microscopy and laser technology contribute substantially to the quality assurance of products and systems.