Fraunhofer Research Institution for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS

ICRC 2021

The International Conference on Resource Chemistry took place from March 8-9, 2021. Further information and review can be found here.

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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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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.

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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


Standardization for the recycling of PV modules

Solar energy plays a major role in the renewable energy mix for Germany, but also worldwide. Already today, different, more or less efficient processes and concepts for the recycling of discarded PV modules are in use. However, in order to evaluate them, there is a lack of standardization and norming of recycling processes for PV modules, so that the full potential of recycling can be exploited. This goal has now been addressed by the project "Standardization and Norming of Recycling Processes for Silicon Solar Modules - ReSi-Norm".
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Secure Data Management for the Circular Economy

New project "Digital Information Management in the Stakeholder Chain of the Circular Economy in the Manufacturing Industry - DigInform" aims to improve data exchange in the circular economy and thus contribute to resource conservation.
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Hydrogen is considered one of the cornerstones for climate-neutral, sustainable ener-gy and mobility of the future. With the adoption of the national hydrogen strategy, the German government has presented a plan of action to create the conditions for a competitive hydrogen economy in Germany. An important goal is the supply of green hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources. However, »green« materials are often not used for the production of green hydrogen. This is now to change.
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First International Conference on Resource Chemistry ICRC successfully completed

The International Conference on Resource Chemistry ICRC organized by Fraunhofer IWKS was held for the first time on March 8-9, 2021. With success: More than 180 participants and 26 presentations by some of the most renowned experts in their field.
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ICRC 2021

The aim of the event was 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 environment, this conference focued on applied resource chemistry and new recycling technologies. The conference covered 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 conference tackled these challenges and brought together scientists and experts from various fields such as resource & green chemistry, biology, environmental science & technology, as well as material sciences.
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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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CWIEME E-Mobility Days

The virtual forum provides you with updates on the latest industry trends and developments in e-mobility. Do not miss out on the talks of Fraunhofer IWKS, including presentations of Jürgen Gassmann on sustainability and recycling of magnetic materials, Dr. Jörg Zimmermann on battery recycling as well as Dr. Andreas Stegmüller on digitization of resources.
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1st Online Workshop on Sustainable Thermoelectrics

First Online Workshop on Sustainable Thermoelectrics
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