Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology

Welcome to Fraunhofer ICT

Our scientists carry out research and development work within the key competences areas energetic materials, energetic systems, applied electrochemistry, environmental engineering and polymer engineering.


We congratulate Dr. Alexander Roch from the Polymer Engineering Department for winning the Röchling Prize. This prize of 5000 €, for an excellent dissertation on new plastic-based hybrid materials, systems and process technology, is awarded yearly by the WAK

Chemical & Environmental Engineering

This core competence is concerned with the capacity to design and implement novel, resource-efficient chemical processes, from the laboratory to the technical scale.  

Polymer Engineering

Since the institute's restructuring in 1994, within this core competence Fraunhofer ICT has successfully conducted application-related research ranging from polymer synthesis, mechanics of materials, component development and manufacture through to the recycling of polymers and their applications. 

Energy Systems

Sustainable and affordable energy supply and efficient energy management are key areas in current research policy. Our core competence "Energy Systems" concerns energy storage devices for mobile and stationary systems, comprising fuel cells, thermal storage and material energy storage. 

Explosives Technology

As the only German research institution covering the entire development chain for explosives, from the raw material to the prototype, Fraunhofer ICT offers its long-standing experience to the German Federal Ministry of Defense, the public sector and industrial customers, carrying out investigations into current challenges concerning national and international security. 

Automotive and transport technology

Lightweight construction is an important topic in research and development for land, air and water transport. We develop concepts, materials and processes for the manufacture of lightweight components. Material-specific design and consideration of the entire life cycle form part of our design process.

Chemistry and process engineering

The synthesis of chemical products and so-called “upstream processing” is our key competence for the chemical industry. A further important topic is microreaction technology for the continuous production of chemical energy sources or pharmaceutical products.

Energy and environment

Sustainable and affordable energy supply, and the efficient use of resources, are important elements of current research policies. Energy storage devices for mobile and stationary systems, material and resource savings in new products, the separation and processing of potentially valuable material flows and the extraction of platform chemicals from biomass form part of this business area.

Defense, safety and security, air and space travel

Research in this field is based on the research and technology concept of the German Federal Ministry of Defense (BMVg). The Fraunhofer ICT carries out research work for the BMVg in the field of chemistry, physics and process technology for rocket propellants, gun propellants, explosives, detonating agents and other pyrotechnical compounds.