Fraunhofer Research Institution for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS

Keeping resources in circulation

This is the aim of the research work of Fraunhofer IWKS. Avoiding waste by recovering and recycling valuable raw materials or replacing them with sustainable alternatives. The implementation of developments in industry is an important goal of the research work.

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Recycling of batteries, fuel cells and PV modules

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Are you working in the field of bio-based raw materials, pollutant removal and nutrient extraction or nutrient recycling concepts? Then do not feel hesitant to contact us!

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

We stand for the responsible use of resources. Recovering recyclable materials from a product cycle and reintroducing them into a new cycle. This is the goal of our research. In particular, the targeted energy revolution, the mobility revolution and digitization are accompanied by an increased demand for specific raw materials, without which the respective technological functionalities cannot be realized. Together with industrial partners, we are developing efficient processes and technologies for the responsible use of the earth's resources.

Accessibility in times of Corona

The corona pandemic presents us all with major challenges. In order to slow down the spread of the virus and to protect the health of everyone, the majority of the IWKS team now works in the home office. We can be reached there by phone or e-mail and try to keep restrictions on project work to a minimum.

We thank you for your understanding and look forward to a further successful cooperation.

Stay healthy.

Research Fields

If you have any questions about materials science and resources - please do not hesitate to contact us

Selected research projects


"AutoBatRec2020": Smart Recycling of Waste Traction Batteries from Electric Vehicles – EU Funding for New Resource-Efficient Solution



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Research projects

Latest press releases


Project SusCritMOOC

Project SusCritMOOC now started. Open-access teaching materials on 22 topics available for download; Massive Open Online Course starts in early 2021
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New Research Project for Sustainable Polymer-Bonded Magnets

To date, there is no industrial recycling process to recycle polymer-bonded magnets and the valuable materials they contain after they have been used in applications. A Franco-German consortium is now investigating ways to generate an industrially feasible recycling process and to produce new alternative magnets from more sustainable components.
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Fraunhofer IWKS establishes Center for Dismantling and Recycling for Electromobility in Hanau

In Hanau, a sustainable Center for Dismantling and Recycling - Electromobility (German: Zentrum für Demontage und Recycling – Elektromobilität ZDR-EMIL) is being established as part of Fraunhofer IWKS since April 2020 and made available to regional companies from Hesse.
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Fraunhofer IWKS Starts Project “BReCycle” on Efficient Recycling of Fuel Cells

Currently, there is no industrial recycling process tailored to fuel cells. As part of the "BReCycle" project, a research consortium is now developing a recycling management concept specifically for PEM fuel cells.
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International Conference on Resource Chemistry

The aim of the event is to discuss current developments in resource chemistry. In times of increasing pressure on industry and politics with respect to environmental protection and climate change, material sciences and chemistry have to join forces to provide answers to some of the world‘s most challenging technological tasks. Under the aspect to secure and provide indispensable materials in a limited environ-ment, this conference will specifically focus on applied resource chemistry and new recycling technologies. The conference aims to cover a wide range of research areas, from the substitution of critical elements, to the development of sustainable materials, and the establishment of efficient material life cycles. This unique conference will tackle these challenges and bring together scientists and experts from various fields such as resource & green chemistry, biology, environmental science & technology, as well as material sciences. Accomodation: We have reserved a hotel contingent for you in various hotels in Darmstadt (more hotels to follow) - all hotels are within easy reach of the conference venue. Please note: The hotel contingent at the fixed rate is limited - we recommend booking your room as early as possible.
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PIUS Länderkonferenz

Climate change is becoming increasingly evident and with it the urgency to act. By using resources more efficiently, companies can not only save materials, energy and costs, but also significantly reduce their CO2 emissions, thus making an important contribution to climate protection. In addition to examples from corporate practice, the event will present the latest research findings on resource efficiency. The conference will be opened by Tarek Al-Wazir, Hesse's Minister of Economics. Keynote speakers are Mathis Wackernagel, President and founder of Global Footprint Network, and Dr. Janez Potocnik, Co-Chair UNEP International Resource Panel.
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1st Online Workshop on Sustainable Thermoelectrics

First Online Workshop on Sustainable Thermoelectrics
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Contact Alzenau

Brentanostraße 2a

63755 Alzenau


Phone +49 6023 32039-801

Fax +49 6023 32039-6-801

Contact Hanau

Rodenbacher Chaussee 4

63457 Hanau


Phone +49 6023 32039-817

Fax +49 6023 32039-6-817