Fraunhofer Research Institution for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS


Postponed to March 2021

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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.




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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. How this can be achieved in concrete terms is shown at the 8th Conference of the German Federal Environment Agency.


Press Information / 12.11.2019

Visit to Egypt

Under the leadership of State Secretary Roland Weigert, a delegation of representatives from industry and science visited Egypt in October. Prof. Dr. Rudolf Stauber represented the Fraunhofer IWKS.


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".

Successfully completed


The successful transfer of valuable technological knowledge and know-how from research to industry requires a specific ability to shape the future. This is exactly where the Fraunhofer Research Manager's predicate program comes in.


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.

Latest press releases


Sustainability from molecule to industrial application

In times of increasing pressure on industry and politics with regard to environmental protection and resource efficiency, science and research are called upon to make their contribution and find joint answers to some of the world's most challenging technologi-cal tasks. The newly established conference "ICRC - International Conference on Re-source Chemistry" from March 23 to 24, 2020 in Darmstadt makes a decisive contribu-tion to this topic by bringing together leading scientists from a wide range of disciplines.
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Project PRil completed

Germany’s new Waste and Sewage Sludge Ordinance requires large sewage treatment plants to recover phosphates from sewage sludge or ashes as of 2032. Conventional recovery technologies are costly and chemical-laden. A new technology now offers a more affordable, pollution-free alternative. Fraunhofer researchers helped scale up the process.
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Prof. Dr. Armin Reller Receives Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

Prof. Dr. Armin Reller, co-founder and former scientific director of the Fraunhofer IWKS, was awarded the Cross of Merit on Ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Congratulations to an outstanding scientist and pioneer of resource research from the Fraunhofer Institution for Material Cycles and Resource Strategy IWKS.
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New research project: Fast and automated characterization of household waste directly at the consumer's premises

Together with the environmental consulting company envitec-k, the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS has started a new research project to develop a new type of collection system. The Automatic Waste Collecting & Pre-Sorting System (AWCPSS) aims to classify and sort waste directly in residential areas. The system analyses the contents of a discarded waste bag and reports the result directly to the user. This means that incorrect throws or excessive contamination with other waste groups or impurities can be efficiently corrected on site.
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