Current public projects

EU-Funding Program CLC Central


Intelligent recycling of used batteries from electric vehicles

Duration: 01.01.2018 – 31.03.2021

Funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


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

Duration: 01.10.2018 - 30.09.2021

EU-Funding Program CLC Central


Upscale of material recovery from display applications and Printed Circuit Boards

Duration: 19.07.2017 – 18.07.2020

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 

EU-funded project in the »Horizon 2020 programme«


From baby nappy to raw material

Duration: 01.06.2017 – 30.05.2022

Funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


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

EU-funded project in the »Horizon 2020 programme«

Hyper BioCoat

Development of bio-based and biodegradable coatings for bio-based packaging. Development of processing technology to apply this coating over a wide range of rigid and flexible packaging.

Duration: 01.09.2016 – 31.8.2019

EU-Funding Program CLC Central

IDS-FunMat-Inno 2

International Doctoral School in Functional Materials and Innovation

Duration: 01.01.2018 – 31.03.2020

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

EU-Funding Program CLC Central


Materials for lightweight design

Duration: 01.04.2017 – 30.12.2019

EU-Funding Program CLC Central


Magnetometry Network

Duration: 01.04.2017 – 31.03.2020

Funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


New energy-efficient recycling of battery materials

Duration: 01.07.2016 – 30.06.2019

EU-funded project in the »Horizon 2020 programme«


Rare earths 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

Funding of the Federal Institute for Agriculture and Food


Phosphorus recycling from recyclate to intelligent long-term available fertilizer

Duration: 01.08.2016 – 30.09.2019

Funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer IWKS project group, a consortium of eight German scientific institutions and companies will work together with Brazilian partners from science and industry to establish a process chain for the production and marketing of high-performance permanent magnets from Brazilian resources.

Duration: 01.08.2017 – 31.07.2020

EU-funded project in the »Horizon 2020 programme«


The European steel industry produces more than 20 million tons of slag annually. About 25% of slag is not recycled, which is a serious environmental problem. The "Reslag" project meets the challenge of recycling the steel slag through four eco-innovative, industrial alternative applications. The slag serves, among other things, as a starting material for the recovery of high-quality metals and heat energy storage systems.


Duration: 01.01.2016 – 28.02.2019

EU-funded project in the »Horizon 2020 programme«


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

Duration: 01.12.2016 – 30.11.2020

Funding 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

EU-Funding Program CLC Central


Supporting European education for sustainable critical materials
(Autumn School: 24 to 26 October 2018)

Duration: 01.04.2017 – 31.03.2020

Funded by EIT RawMaterials


UPGRADE aims at upscaling the Strip Casting process allowing to obtain alloys with refined microstructure for new permanent magnets.

Duration: 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2021

former projects

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 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

Fraunhofer Lead Project

Critical Rare Earths

Nothing in electromobility works without powerful permanent magnets. Their good magnetic properties are due to the chemical elements neodymium and dysprosium from the group of rare earths. However, the supply of these raw materials on the world market is scarce and prices have been rising continuously for years. They are also called critical raw materials because it is not certain whether there will be enough of them in the medium to long term. Fraunhofer researchers are therefore working in the lead project on technologies to process rare earths more efficiently, process them again or find substitute materials.

Duration: 15.11.2013 – 30.06.2018

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

EU-Funding Program CLC West

NoI LightBody

Infrastructure and competence network for lightweight mobility: body and chassis


Duration: 01.01.2016 – 31.12.2018

EU-Funding Program CLC Central

Raw Materials4E-Energy

Raw Materials Solutions for E-Energy Technologies in the European Mobility Industry

Duration: 01.01.2016 – 31.12.2018

EU-Funding Program CLC South


Raw Materials solution for the European Powertrain Industry

Duration: 01.01.2016 – 31.12.2018