Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. About 60 institutes all over Germany staffed with 17,000 employees are doing applied research in the field of health, security, communication, energy and environment. The Fraunhofer Institute of Ceramic Techniques and Systems (IKTS), Hermsdorf branch is staffed with 130 specialists and performs applied research in the field of technical ceramics.
The research field of Environmental and Process Engineering with the department Nanoporous Membranes is one of the biggest European research groups in the field of ceramic membranes. The research includes support, intermediate and separating top layers development as well as process investigation, optimisation and modelling.