Research Projects

Research projects of Fraunhofer IWKS

Many of our research projects are confidential, so please note that below is only an excerpt of the current projects of Fraunhofer IWKS. Please feel free to contact the respective department and get in tourch with the scientists for your specific research requirements.

Funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy


Efficient recycling process for fuel cells


Duration: 01.03.2020 - 28.02.2023

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Digital information management in the actor chain of the circular economy in the manufacturing industry

Duration: 01.04.2021 – 31.03.2023

Funded by Forschungszentrum Jülich


Glycans and co-products as biogenic valuable substances - subproject: extraction and filtration of glycans and by-products


Duration: 01.06.2020 - 28.02.2023

Fraunhofer Attract


Sustainable materials for information technologies from secondary raw materials

Duration: 02/2021 - 01/2026

Funded by FNR (Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V.)


Biobased, biodegradable hemicellulose-based binder systems for UV-curing offset printing inks


Duration: 01.12.2020 - 30.11.2023

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Optimized process chains for hydromechanical Li-ion battery recycling


Duration: 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2023

Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project


Materials for sustainable tandem solar cells

Duration: 01.10.2019 - 30.09.2023

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Reduction of arsenic in copper concentrates

Duration: 01.09.2019 – 30.08.2022

Funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety


Transparent design of material cycles and optimization of waste sorting assisted by artificial intelligence
 01.10.2020 - 30.09.2023

Funded by Forschungszentrum Jülich


Avoidance, substitution and sustainable recycling management of plastics in an urban-rural context using the example of the Augsburg region.


Duration: 01.01.2020 - 31.01.2025

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Regional phosphorus recycling in the Rhine-Main area under consideration of industrial and agricultural material cycles, subproject 7

 01.07.2020 - 31.05.2023

Funded by "WIPANO" (Knowledge and Technology Transfer through Patents and Noms) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy


Standardization and norming of recycling processes for silicon solar modules

Duration: 01.04.2021 - 28.02.2023

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Microbial biofactories: RhabdoFerm - Photorhabdus and Xenorhabdus bacteria as production strains for biologically active natural products with application in medicine, agriculture and biotechnology.

Duration: 01.7.2020 - 30.04.2023

Internal SME program (fast SME-oriented internal research)

SME Project „RecyPer“

Transferring mixed waste magnet streams into new magnets using various recycling technologies

Duration: 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2022

Funded by Forschungszentrum Jülich


TReMin - networking and transfer project - SP 3: transfer, cross-industry and cross-technology issues


Duration: 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2024

Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project


From waste to raw material - green molecules for the chemical industry




Funded by the Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and the Arts


Center for Dismantling and Recycling for Electromobility in Hanau


Duration: 01.04.2020 – 31.03.2023

Funded by Discover, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft


Alternative magnetic materials with reduced content of critical elements


Duration: 01.09.21 – 31.08.2022

Former projects

Funded by EIT RawMaterials


Intelligent recycling of used batteries from electric vehicles

Duration: 01.01.2018 – 30.06.2021

Funded by Innovationsförderung Hessen - Förderung der Elektromobilität (Hessen Agentur)

Baetter Recycle

Thinking battery recycling holistically


Duration: 01.05.2020 - 31.10.2021

Funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Chemically regenerable, superparamagnetic activated carbon for the removal of trace substances from waste waters

01.10.2018 - 30.09.2021

Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project

Critical Rare Earth Elements

The lighthouse projects aims at developing technologies to process rare earth elementss more efficiently, to reuse them or to find substitute materials

Duration: 15.11.2013 – 30.06.2018

Funded by EIT RawMaterials


3D printing of NdFeB-permanent magnets


Duration: 01.01.2020 – 31.12.2021

Funded by EIT RawMaterials


Upscale of material recovery from display applications and printed circuit boards

Duration: 19.07.2017 – 18.07.2020

EU-Funding Program CLC Central


Energy storage with high-voltage batteries

Duration: 01.04.2016 – 30.09.2018

Funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Electric whirl

Closing industrial material cycles through new electrochemical fluidized bed reactors

Duration: 01.09.2016 – 31.08.2019

Funding from the German Federal Foundation for the Environment (DBU)


Electrochemical degradation of phosphonates in industrial process waste water using diamond electrodes

Duration: 01.04.2018 – 31.10.2019 

Funded by the EU within the »Horizon 2020« program


Turning baby diapers into raw materials

Duration: 01.06.2017 – 30.05.2022

Funded by the European Commission




Duration: 01.12.2016 - 31.05.2021

Funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection

Forcycle II - IRVE

Forcycle II - Innovative recycling processes for electronic waste


Duration: 01.07.2019 - 30.06.2022

Funded by Hessen Agentur


Functional magnet recycling for sustainable e-mobility.


Duration: 01.05.2020 - 30.04.2022

Funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


High-tech metals are again produced from old electronic equipment

Duration: 01.06.2015 – 28.02.2019

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


High-performance magnetic materials based on SmCo and CoFe for highly efficient electric automotive and aircraft engines.
01.11.2018 - 31.10.2021

EU-funded project in the »Horizon 2020 programme«


Development of bio-based and biodegradable coatings for bio-based packaging.  

Duration: 01.09.2016 – 31.8.2019

Funded by EIT RawMaterials

IDS-FunMat-Inno 1

International Doctoral School on Functional Materials and Innovation

Duration: 01.03.2016 - 31.12.2017

Funded bei EIT RawMaterials

IDS-FunMat-Inno 2

International Doctoral School on Functional Materials and Innovation


Duration: 01.01.2018 - 31.12.2020

Funded by Forschungszentrum Jülich


Innovation space: BioBall - INFeed - Customized feed for a sustainable nutrition (subproject B) - implementation phase
 01.07.2020 - 30.06.2022

Funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Development/evaluation of innovative recycling methods for the recovery of tantalum from electronic waste

Duration: 01.10.2016 - 30.09.2019

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Development and evaluation of innovative recycling routes for the recovery of tantalum from electronic waste.


Duration: 01.02.2021 - 31.01.2022

EU-Funding Program CLC Central


Materials for lightweight design

Duration: 01.04.2017 – 30.12.2019

Funded by EIT RawMaterials


Magnetometry Network

Duration: 01.04.2017 – 31.03.2020

Funding by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt


Alternative recycling of environmentally critical metals from steel mill dusts through mechanochemical treatment

Duration: 26.04.2017 – 25.10.2018

Funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Development of innovative processes for the recovery of rare earth elements and platinum group metals from mineral processing and production residues.

Duration: 01.06.2015 – 30.11.2018

Funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


New energy-efficient recycling of battery materials

Duration: 01.07.2016 – 30.06.2019

EU-Funding Program CLC West

NoI LightBody

Infrastructure and competence network for lightweight mobility: body and chassis


Duration: 01.01.2016 – 31.12.2018

Funded by the EU withing the »Horizon 2020« program


Rare earth elements should not only be reduced but also preserved. The magnetic properties of the materials concerned are to be improved.
Duration: 01.04.2016 – 31.09.2019

Funded by the Federal MInistry for Food and Agriculture


Phosphorus recycling turning recyclates into long-term available fertilizers

Duration: 01.08.2016 – 30.09.2019

EU-Funding Program CLC Central

Raw Materials4E-Energy

Raw materials solutions for energy technologies in the European mobility industry

Duration: 01.01.2016 – 31.12.2018

EU-Funding Program CLC South


Raw materials solutions for the European powertrain industry

Duration: 01.01.2016 – 31.12.2018

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Paving the way for a process chain for the production of competitive rare-earth magnets from Brazilian resources
Duration: 01.08.2017 – 31.07.2020

Funded by the EU within the »Horizon 2020« program


The "Reslag" project meets the challenge of recycling steel slag through four eco-innovative, industrial alternative applications.  


Duration: 01.01.2016 – 28.02.2019

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Urban material flow management: Instruments for the resource-efficient development of urban districts

Duration: 01.03.2019 - 28.02.2022

Funded by the EU wihtin the »Horizon 2020« program


Manufacturing of scandium compounds and scandium-aluminium alloys from European metallurgy by product

Duration: 01.12.2016 – 30.11.2020

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy


Fracture-resistant magnetic materials for highly efficient energy storage systems

Duration: 01.04.2017 – 31.03.2020

Funded by the Dobeneck Technology Foundation

Sorting Li-ion batteries

Fire protection and optimized recycling through sensor-based sorting of Li-ion batteries


Duration: 01.04.2020 - 31.03.2021

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Securing the supply chain for rare earth polymer-bonded magnets by recycling

Duration: 01.11.2019 – 31.10.2021

Funded by EIT RawMaterials


Supporting Education on Sustainable Management of Critical Raw Materials for professionals, academics and students

Duration: 01.04.2017 – 31.03.2020

Funded by EIT RawMaterials


Massive Open Onlince Course on sustainable management of critical raw materials

Duration: 01.04.2020 - 31.03.2022

Funded by EIT RawMaterials


Upscaling the strip-casting process, allowing to obtain alloys with refined microstructure for new permanent magnets

Duration: 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2021