On 1st October 2018 Prof.Dr. Weidenkaff took up her position as Managing Director of the Project Group IWKS. Previously, she held the Chair of Chemical Materials Synthesis at the Institute of Materials Science at the University of Stuttgart. With the change to the Fraunhofer Project Group, Prof. Weidenkaff was appointed to the Technical University of Darmstadt. Under her leadership, the new subject area "Materials Chemistry/Materials Engineering and Resource Management" will be created.
The research work of the Fraunhofer Project Group IWKS focuses on the areas of resource cycles and efficient and sustainable resource strategies. The aim of the research work 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 functional materials (magnetic materials, energy materials, analytics) and secondary materials (urban mining, biogenic systems, material flow management). For resource-efficient handling of raw materials and materials.
The implementation of developments in industry is an important goal of the research work. The Project Group IWKS, with its parent institute the 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 Project Group 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 science and engineering, the Project Group has developed a centre for a competence network for resource strategy, material cycles and substitution, which is also intended to strengthen the structure of the research landscape.
Prof. Dr. Rudolf Stauber took over as founding director of the Fraunhofer Project Group Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS in 2011 and 2012. Since 01 October 2018, Prof. Stauber has continued to support the Project Group in its development into an independent institute.
Expert Network Resources
The close networking of the business units with the management team, consisting of Prof. Dr. Oliver Gutfleisch (Technical University Darmstadt), Prof. Dr. Liselotte Schebek (Technical University Darmstadt), Prof. Dr. Anke Weidenkaff (Director) and Prof. Dr. Rudolf Stauber (Managing Director), enables research approaches along the entire value chain. Project partners are thus optimally supported in their individual tasks.
In addition, the Project Group has access to the parent institute Fraunhofer ISC and a Fraunhofer-wide network of experts and universities. The competence network thus available enables outstanding consulting services.