Fraunhofer Groups / Alliances

Fraunhofer Nanotechnology Alliance

Nanotechnology, a bundle of crosscutting new technologies for the next years to come, deals with materials, systems and devices where something very small (below 100 nm) determines functions and applications.

Nanotechnology is an integral part of our everyday life: As an example, nanoparticles in suntan lotions protect the skin against UV radiation, nanoparticles are used to reinforce car tires; nanotechnology can help to produce easy-care scratch-resistant surfaces, and ultra-thin coatings are an important element in data storage media. The technology is already in use for a wide variety of applications across all sectors of industry, generating a worldwide sales volume of 80 to 100 billion euros.

Nearly a third of all Fraunhofer Institutes are active in this field. The activities of the Alliance focus on multifunctional coatings for use in such areas as the optical industries, the design of special nanoparticles for use as fillers and functional materials in biomedical applications, and a novel type of actuator based on carbon nanotubes. In national and european research projects the alliance also treats question regarding toxicology and operational safety at the dealing with nanoparticles.

Business Areas

  • Nanomaterials / nanochemistry
  • Nano optics / electronics
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Modeling / simulation 
  • Manufacturing technologies, handling

Spokesmen of the alliance

Prof. Dr. Günter Tovar

Spokesman of Fraunhofer Nanotechnology Alliance

Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB

Nobelstraße 12
70569 Stuttgart, Deutschland

Phone +49 711 970-4109
Fax +49 711 970-4200

Dr. Karl-Heinz Haas

Deputy spokesman of Fraunhofer Nanotechnology Alliance and head of the office

Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC

Neunerplatz 2
97082 Würzburg, Germany

Phone +49 931 4100-500
Fax +49 931 4100-559