Current Research


Cars of the future

The cars of the future will need design of the future. Find out how Fraunhofer is helping to restructure transport.


We have the energy!

The new German federal government has set its sights on renewable energy. How can the energy transition succeed? Fraunhofer researchers know the answer.


Technological sovereignty

Coronavirus, cyberattacks, chip shortages – our vulnerabilities have recently become very clear. Which electronic components can we trust? How can security flaws be eliminated? How can 3D printing help combat bottlenecks in production? Fraunhofer researchers reveal answers from their fields of expertise.


What the future is made of

Raw materials are scarce. Time and again, shortages have forced companies to cut back on their production. The circular economy may be the solution − for far more than just the climate.


The era of the founder

Germany needs startup founders. But what do founders need? Ideas, and energy. Passion, and the power to persuade. Optimism — and optimal support too. Time and again, Fraunhofer has provided the support founders need.


„The world of senses”

Fraunhofer researchers are working on digitalizing the senses. We’ll be discussing how technology sounds, smells and tastes in an encounter with professionals from the industry.



Perspectives H2 – how to stay mobile

The coronavirus pandemic has shown how quickly traffic patterns can change. Is this the beginning of the age of hydrogen?


The future of computing is hybrid

Fraunhofer brought the first quantum computers to Germany in November. It's now putting them into operation. Neuromorphic computing, trusted computing and quantum computing are the three pillars for building a future.


Climate stress

Heavy rain, storms, high temperatures: How we are making our towns and cities more resilient




The bioeconomy is driving the change towards a sustainable and climate-neutral economy. It offers the potential for sustainable so-lutions that conserve resources and create prosperity at the same time.



Toward a more resilient society

After months of lockdown and anxiety, there’s growing optimism that the world’s current vulnerability might develop into a new source of strength.


Hydrogen Technologies

Fraunhofer’s expertise includes materials and systems and their production and use in the energy sector, in industry and in mobility as well as in interdisciplinary topics such as security and service life.


Green gains

Sustainability – the tie that binds ecology and the economy closer together


Fraunhofer vs. Corona

Working at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic, Fraunhofer experts are supporting the efforts of industry and society to cope with the immediate effects and the consequences to come. 


Leaps and bounds in quantum technologies

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and IBM are bringing the first quantum computer to Germany – with other quantum technologies in the pipeline.



Safeguarding critical infrastructure

Energy, water, food, fuel, information, transportation – Fraunhofer is devising solutions and strategies to safeguard our critical infrastructure.


How a digital twin can save lives

Diagnostic hypotheses and personalized therapies: artificial intelligence has begun to revolutionize the fight against cancer.


Lighthouse project "Go Beyond 4.0"

Industrie 4.0 and then some.


Mobile communications technology 5G

The extremely powerful mobile communications technology is what makes Industrie 4.0, autonomous driving and so much more possible.


Preserving cultural heritage – through research and high-tech

How can cultural heritage be protected and preserved? The Executive Board Project ‘Cultural Heritage’ involves Fraunhofer researchers developing the technologies required.


Health Research in 4D

Drugs, diagnostics, devices and data are the four major areas of medical science.


Biological Transformation

Materials, structures and principles of nature enable mankind to operate sustainably.


Production of the future

Rigid factory streets are becoming modular and efficient systems, conserving resources. The human being is supported by assistance systems, new forms of human-technology interaction arise.


Defense against drones – the danger on the radar screen

Drones are useful, but they can also be dangerous if misused for terrorism. Fraunhofer is developing technology designed to serve as a defense against unmanned aerial systems.



The New Worlds of Work

How do the innovations of today shape the world of work in 2025?


Blockchain – A technology with great potential

Blockchain technology could make business transactions significantly more secure and easier, for example, for the global trade in goods.


Batteries of the future

Fraunhofer is developing the next generation of batteries. The spectrum includes the whole range of energy storage: from the smallest applications such as button cells, to large stationary systems such as redox-flow batteries.


Smart Data – The stuff innovations are made of

Digitalization is a phenomenon that increases the industry’s need for data protection, secure data exchange, and sovereignty over proprietary data that represents the economic lifeblood of many companies.


Natural Products for Biotechnology

Insects have ingenious survival strategies. The researchers of the Fraunhofer IME project group Bioresources want to make it possible to use these talents in bioeconomy. They're investigating interesting insects such as ladybugs, aphids and burying beetles.


Cognitive Machines

Screwing, drilling, welding or bonding: ANNIE, the mobile assistive robot developed at Fraunhofer IFF, allows direct human-machine cooperation.


Technologies for the Energy Transition

"Energiewende": An energy transition. Over 2000 Fraunhofer staff members are researching the widest possible variety of technologies in order to make sure that in the future more electricity enters power grids from renewable sources. One example is the concentrator solar cell.


Technologies for old buildings and monuments

A facelift for old buildings – Energy-efficient renovations and conservation of historic monuments.


Cyber Security for the Future

Cyber security is the basic prerequisite for digitalization. Whether it is in automotive, production, critical infrastructure or digital services, confidence in the safety of new technologies is indispensable.


Real-time Communication: Why the Internet has to become tactile

The essential foundation will be 5G.


Production 4.0

Producing individual products quickly, flexibly and sustainably – Industry 4.0 will make it possible. 


Doing Secure Digital Business

Cloud Computing, Industry 4.0, Smart Data, the Internet of Things and Services – the digital transformation of the economy is already underway.


Popular Encryption

Sending emails is as easy as pie. However, until now a lot of know-how has been required to securely encrypt them. This is bound to change: Deutsche Telekom and the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT in Darmstadt will be making encryption easy – with a popular encryption named Volksverschlüsselung.


Additive Manufacturing

New Products, One Layer at a Time

Bones, engines and shoe soles from the printer: How additive manufacturing is revolutionizing our production world.


Dealing with Antibiotic Resistance

Cross-sectional infection model for skin infections: Histological section through a skin model grown in a test tube, which has been infected with Candida albicans – one of the commonest human fungal pathogens. Violet: Candida albicans, blue: skin model.



Cyber-physical Equivalence – Smart Production Control

opens the way for flexible manufacturing processes capable of producing one-off products and limited series on an industrial scale.


Machines communicate by using infrared light

Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS have developed a module that transmits data rapidly and securely using infrared light.


High Speed Internet from the Ceiling Lamp

In the future, people will be able to surf the web using light – thanks to visible light communication (VLC).


»NeuroLab« - Human-Computer-Collaboration

Fraunhofer IAO’s newly opened NeuroLab has been built to study what happens in the brain when people use technical devices.