The Fraunhofer IWKS

Research focus
The research work of Fraunhofer IWKS focuses on the areas of resource cycles and efficient and sustainable resource strategies. The aim is to establish a closed cycle economy and to avoid waste by recovering and recycling valuable raw materials or replacing them with sustainable alternatives. To this end, innovative processes are being developed in the areas of magnetic materials, energy materials, separation and sorting technologies, bioeconomics as well as digitalisation of resources. For resource-efficient handling of raw materials and materials.

The implementation of developments in industry is an important goal of the research work.

Fraunhofer IWKS, with its parent institute Fraunhofer ISC in Würzburg, conducts research and works at two locations. With a research team of more than 90 employees from the fields of environmental management, process engineering, materials science, industrial engineering, (micro)biology, ecotrophology, chemistry and physics, the Fraunhofer IWKS focuses on an interdisciplinary research approach.

Located in two locations and in two federal states. The Bavarian Alzenau and the Hessian Hanau. The aim is to establish a fully-fledged Fraunhofer Institute. Since the region has universities and colleges with a focus on natural sciences, materials sciences and engineering, the research institution has developed a centre for a competence network for resource strategy, material cycles and substitution, which is also intended to strengthen the research landscape.

Expert Network for Resources

In addition to heading the Fraunhofer IWKS, Prof. Dr. Anke Weidenkaff is also head of the "Materials Engineering and Resource Management" Division at Technische Universität Darmstadt. This promotes a close scientific network of the IWKS sites with the divisions of the Materials Science Department at Technische Universität Darmstadt. The research approaches aim at sustainable materials and their properties along the entire value chain. With our strong scientific network, project partners and customers can be optimally supported in their individual tasks. Fraunhofer IWKS can further rely on a Fraunhofer-wide network of experts and correspondingly oriented universities.

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Head of Fraunhofer IWKS

Prof. Dr. Anke Weidenkaff and Dr.-Ing. Andrea Gassmann

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