Fraunhofer Research Institution for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS

Call for Papers 15.12.2019

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K 2019, Düsseldorf

Researchers are developing a new polymer base material from food residues which is both bio-based and biodegradable and which, for example, increases the protective effect of plastic packaging without impairing recycling or compostability.

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EMRS Spring Meeting

In conversation with various scientists. Material science, recycling and resources. What role do recycling and rare earths play here in research?

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Current projects

Current projects of Fraunhofer IWKS

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

We stand for the responsible use of resources. For the use of resources - not consumption. 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.



Press Release / 12.7.2019

EMCE 2019

Fraunhofer IWKS presented innovative approaches to battery recycling at EMCE 2019 Conference in Tokyo.


2019 Spring Meeting of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) / 27.6.2019


The 2019 Spring Meeting of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) will took place from May 27 to 31, 2019, in Nice, France (Congress & Exhibition Centre Acropolis).  


TV / 2.6.2019

Battery Recycling

VOX automobil visited Fraunhofer IWKS to explore how research can help to make e-mobility more sustainable.


"Lightweight Professional course"

You will be able to identify and differentiate the steps involved in developing lightweight products, and to design, construct and set up processes with specific lightweight material in the correct way to fully utilize the lightweight potential.

Receiving the award from Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Woidasky / 26.2.2019


Tobias Necke was awarded the "yellow N" (FONA = Research for Sustainable Development, a BMBF programme) for his lecture on "Mechanochemistry - Sustainable (re)extraction of supply-critical raw materials".


Events / 26.2.2019

GERRI Roundtable in Brussels

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Stauber represented the Project Group IWKS in the discussion organized by the network GERRI on establishing a circular economy in Europe.


Press Release / 30.4.2019

New Cooperation with Ethiopia

Fraunhofer IWKS concluded a research cooperation agreement with the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS) in Addis Ababa.

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