Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM

At seven locations for industry and society

Fraunhofer IFAM is one of the most important independent research institutes in Europe in the fields of "Adhesive Bonding Technology and Surfaces" and "Shaping and Functional Materials".

The focus is on research and development work at all seven institute locations  

with the aim of providing our customers with reliable and application-oriented solutions.

Fraunhofer IFAM



Expansion of offshore wind energy in Europe

The Interreg North Sea project DIOL (Develop Innovative Offshore Logistic) deals with the implementation of the Esbjerg Declaration, which was signed by the Prime Ministers of Denmark, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands at the North Sea Summit in Esbjerg on 18.05.2022. Its aim is to turn the North Sea into Europe's "green power plant".


Extension of the durability of rotor blades

Offshore wind turbines are exposed to extreme weather conditions. These lead to damage, e.g. erosion of the coatings on the leading edges of the rotor blades. The MARiLEP joint project aims to achieve a significant improvement in the service life of the leading edge coatings of wind turbines.


Hybrid casting for joining CFRP and aluminum

In the "HyFKAl" project, experts from Fraunhofer IFAM and the Faserinstitut Bremen e.V. are developing an economical hybrid casting process for joining CFRP and aluminum. This involves joining thermoplastic and thermoset CFRP structures with the aluminum partner using the primary forming aluminum die casting process.


Printed batteries

Manufacturing technology for batteries of the future: Fraunhofer IFAM offers alternatives for battery production using the screen printing process. New manufacturing concepts enable higher active material loads and greater freedom in electrode design. On the one hand, completely printed batteries help to overcome the limitations of current production technology and, on the other hand, reduce the use of solvents and subsequent drying processes.

Press Releases


New architecture for automated production of the world's largest thermoplastic aircraft fuselage demonstrated on a 1:1 scale

Milestones for the clean and sustainable aviation of tomorrow: Clean Sky 2/Clean Aviation project "MFFD" shows potential of around 10 percent weight reduction and 10 percent cost savings in high-rate production
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Farewell and thank you: Fraunhofer IFAM bids farewell to its long-standing institute director Matthias Busse on his retirement

Whether it is pans, cutlery or packaging, per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFAS) have been used for coating in a wide variety of everyday products and processes for many years. Due to known risks of these substances to humans and the environment, at least a partial ban on the production and use of PFAS is expected to be implemented soon. The use of comparable alternatives is therefore essential for numerous companies. Fraunhofer IFAM specializes in fluorine-free coatings and has developed the PLASLON® technology, a PFAS-free non-stick coating that meets the required property profile and can replace the existing technology with immediate effect.
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Towards Green Hydrogen Production via Material Innovation

Alkaline electrolysis is a crucial process in the field of clean hydrogen production. But economic factors like cost and efficiency have been standing in the way of the sustainable energy solutions this method promises. The innovative project EXSOTHyC, short for "Exsolution-based Nanoparticles for the Lowest Cost of Green Hydrogen via Electrolysis", is about to change that.
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Thrust for Hybrid Electric Flying

Several Fraunhofer Institutes and the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg, under the leadership of Rolls-Royce Germany and other partners such as the research institution ACCESS, are collaborating on the future of hybrid electric flying. Supported by the state of Brandenburg and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, the partners are researching an entirely new propulsion system for medium-range aircraft with up to 35 passengers.
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Workshop Electrolysis 2024

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ILA 2024

You can find Fraunhofer IFAM in hall 2, booth 270 at the joint booth of Fraunhofer AVIATION & SPACE.
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Hannover Messe 2024

You have got to opportunities to meet us: On the topic Hydrogen Technology, we welcome you in hall 13, booth B42/1. As part of the Fraunhofer Verbund Materials, we are looking foward to meeting you in hall 2, booth B24.
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Coiltech 2024

At Coiltech, Fraunhofer IFAM will present its portfolio on the development, manufacture, and testing of electric drives.
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