Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme (IKTS)



  • Tools
  • Machine and vehicle components
  • Decorative surfaces
  • Architectural glass, displays, solar
  • Optical device construction, photonics
  • Sensor and microsystem technology, smart systems
  • Medical technology and life sciences

Member since: 2013

Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme-IKTS







The Fraunhofer IKTS in Profile

As a research and technology service provider, the Fraunhofer IKTS develops modern ceramic high-performance materials, customized industrial manufacturing processes and creates prototype components and systems in complete production lines from laboratory scale to pilot plant scale. Furthermore, the institute has expertise in diagnostics and testing of materials and processes. Test procedures in the fields of acoustics, electromagnetics, optics, microscopy and laser technology contribute substantially to the quality assurance of products and plants.

Fraunhofer IKTS works in eight market-oriented business divisions in which it demonstrates and qualifies ceramic technologies and components as well as non-destructive test methods for new industries, product concepts and markets beyond the conventional areas of application. These disciplines include ceramic materials and processes, mechanical and automotive engineering, electronics and microsystems, energy, environmental and process engineering, bio- and medical engineering, optics as well as materials and process analysis.

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 is distinguished by its multiple areas of expertise: The triad of materials know-how, production technologies and systems integration is enhanced by the highest level of materials and process analytics. Chemists, physicists, materials scientists and engineers work together on an interdisciplinary basis at IKTS, with the support of highly skilled technicians.

The Institute is therefore available as a competent consulting partner and starting point for all ceramics-related issues: a real “one-stop shop” for all things ceramic.

Among our unique areas of expertise, we offer:

End-to-end production lines: from starting materials to prototypes

For any class of ceramic materials, we have access to all the standard processes of raw materials preparation, forming, heat treatment and finish processing. Where it makes sense, the Institute can even conduct phase synthesis. In functional ceramics, we hold a particular core competency in paste and film technology. Multiple clean rooms and low-contamination production areas are kept at the ready, among other things, for multilayer ceramics and highly purified oxide ceramics lines of technology.