Production and Supply of Services – Materials and Surfaces

Many key technologies employed in fields such as IT, environmental and power engineering, and transportation and production engineering, would have been unimaginable without the availability of new materials, which have given rise to numerous product innovations.The future belongs to smart materials, which change their properties in response to their environment, and to coatings that improve the performance of materials or endow them with additional functions.

Produktion und Dienstleistung


A way out of the chromium ban

With EHLA, metal protection layers can be applied at an extremely high speed.

EHLA developers Thomas Schopphoven, Gerhard Maria Backes and Andres Gasser (from the left).
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EHLA developers Thomas Schopphoven, Gerhard Maria Backes and Andres Gasser (from the left).


To prevent components from becoming corroded or worn, they are often coated using hexavalent chromium. Starting in September of 2017, though, this will only be permitted with exceptions. The extreme high-speed laser material deposition (EHLA) developed by Fraunhofer and RWTH researchers offers an economic alternative for the first time ever.





Milestone in graphene production

New high-tech material

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Orange luminous OLED on a graphene electrode. The two-euro coin serves as a comparison of sizes.

For the first time, it has been possible to produce functional OLED electrodes from graphene. The process was developed by Fraunhofer researchers together with partners from industry and research. The OLEDs can, for example, be integrated into touch displays, and the miracle material graphene promises many other applications for the future.

  • Flexible OLED electrodes from graphene
  • The perfect material: transparent, stable, flexible, conductive
  • Ideal for touch screens, photovoltaic, wearables and much more

TRIBOMAN – Reduction of friction and wear in internal combustione engines

The greatest challenges faced by the automotive industry are to be found in achieving fuel savings and reducing emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2, of which a high proportion is produced by internal combustion engines. Within the scope of the “TRIBOMAN“ project, researchers at five Fraunhofer Institutes are working to develop production methods and processes to improve combustion engines‘ friction-related performance.

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Generating eco-friendly power with metal rotor blades

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Technology demonstrator: formed from a 1.0 mm steel sheet and featuring integrated, folded reinforcement, the rotor blade was given its final shape with the help of an oil-water mixture.

Wind turbines feed eco-friendly power into the grid. To keep their weight down, the majority of larger rotor blades are made from fiber-reinforced plastics. These materials are rarely recycled at present, in part because it is very complicated to do so. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU in Chemnitz are therefore focusing on metal, and especially steel, as a blade material.

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Fraunhofer Group for Materials and Components – MATERIALS

Material research within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft covers the entire value chain.

Fraunhofer Group for Production

The Fraunhofer Group for Production is a cooperative venture, created with the aim of collaborating on production-oriented research and development to offer customers comprehensive single-source solutions.

Research Collaboration for Cultural Heritage Conservation

The alliance unites 15 Fraunhofer Institutes, eight Leibniz research museums, and five major institutions of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.