Welcome to Fraunhofer Research Institution for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS

At Fraunhofer IWKS, with its locations in Alzenau and Hanau, technologies and concepts are developed for the establishment of a closed-loop economy. The goal is a closed material cycle in which there is no or hardly any waste. Waste is avoided by recovering and recycling valuable raw materials or replacing them with sustainable alternatives. Scientists are working on this together with industrial partners to ensure responsible use of the earth's resources. 

News

Special Issue of "Membranes" / 18.11.2021

Open for submissions!

Submit your manuscript for the special issue "Sustainable Mixed Ionic-Electronic Conducting Membranes for Environmental and Energy Applications". Deadline is April 30, 2022.

In Boston and online / 29.11.2021

MRS - Fall Meeting & Exhibit

Join us for the 2021 MRS Fall Meeting & Symposium. A hybrid event with the symposium "Materials for Sustainable Electronics" of Anke Weidenkaff.

Springer Nature (A. Weidenkaff, R. Wagner-Wenz, A. Veziridis)

A world without electronic waste

Nature Reviews Materials volume 6, pages 462–463 (2021)

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Springer Nature (A. Weidenkaff, R. Wagner-Wenz, A. Veziridis)

A world without electronic waste

Nature Reviews Materials volume 6, pages 462–463 (2021)

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Latest press releases

21.11.2022

Prof. Dr. Anke Weidenkaff receives GDCh-GCCCD Award for Excellent Supervisors of Chinese PhD Students

As part of the 33rd Annual Conference of the GCCCD, Prof. Dr. Anke Weidenkaff, Director of Fraunhofer IWKS, was awarded the GDCh-GCCCD Award for Excellent Supervisors of Chinese PhD Students.
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6.10.2022

Fraunhofer IWKS buildings meet highest sustainability standards

The German Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Construction has awarded the new buildings of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS. The location in Alzenau, Bavaria has been awarded with a gold certificate and the one in Hanau, Hesse with a silver certificate for sustainable building projects based on the Sustainable Building Rating System (BNB).
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1.8.2022

German-Chilean consortium investigates new ways of reducing arsenic in copper concentrates

As the world's largest copper exporter, Chile is encountering a growing number of sulfur-based ore layers containing toxic arsenic in its copper mines. Conventional strategies for separating and landfilling arsenic are proving limited in this area. The German-Chilean project team, led on the German side by the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS, is working towards optimizing and advancing copper production processes so that Chile is able to tackle the problem of arsenic in the most effective, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly way going forward.
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19.4.2022

Director Prof. Anke Weidenkaff wins first Karl Böer Award

Director Prof. Anke Weidenkaff wins the first Karl Böer Award for outstanding achievements in the field of renewable energies and sustainability technologies.
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19.10.2022

Messe K

K - The world's No. 1 trade fair for plastics and rubber: The most important topics at this year's K trade fair include the circular economy, digitalisation and climate protection.
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5.10.2022

REIA 2022

Rare Earths are critical materials for vehicle electrification and wind turbines. Electric vehicles will only unleash their full environmental benefit when the electricity mix evolves towards a higher renewables content. For that, wind-power turbines also rely on rare earths’ magnets for highest efficiency and low-maintenance cost.
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4.10.2022

f-cell

f-cell - the annual event for the hydrogen and fuel cell industries provides an extensive overview for relevant international markets and industries as well as technological advancements. The interactive format offers an ideal platform for experts and newcomers alike to connect, discuss and set up sustainable business relationships. f-cell consists of an english speaking conference with interactive plenaries and workshops, and an international trade fair.
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Contact Alzenau

Brentanostraße 2a

63755 Alzenau

Germany

Phone +49 6023 32039-801

Fax +49 6023 32039-6-801

Contact Hanau

Aschaffenburger Straße 121

63457 Hanau

Germany

Phone +49 6023 32039-817

Fax +49 6023 32039-6-817