Technologies for a world without waste

The Fraunhofer Research Institution for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS develops circular materials and materials science technologies for an ultimate sustainable, waste-free circular economy. In close cooperation with universities, institutes and industry partners, we do research on more sustainable alternatives for critical raw materials and elaborate solutions for an intelligent regeneration of innovative materials and their energy-efficient recovery.

As part of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, we aim to transfer scientific findings about key future-relevant technologies in industry and business and therewith contribute to the industrial transformation and a healthy planet.



Leopoldina appoints Prof. Dr. Anke Weidenkaff


Dr. Emanuel Ionescu new Deputy Director of Fraunhofer IWKS


Prof. Dr. Anke Weidenkaff receives GCCCD Award

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


Excellent locations

The German Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Construction has awarded Fraunhofer IWKS buildings according to the Sustainable Building Rating System (BNB).


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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