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FhG-ISC - Fraunhofer Gesellschaft / Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research (ISC), Germany

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Profile: Located in Würzburg (D) with branches in Bayreuth, Wertheim, Alzenau and Hanau, all (D). One out of 60 institutes of the FHG, the largest European institution for applied research (2010: 1.7 billion € budget, more than 1.4 billion generated by contract research, 18.000 employees, predominantly scientists and engineers). ISC employs approximately 300 people (scientific, technical, administrative staff, guest scientists, PhD and master students). Area of business: Applied R&D on inorganic and hybrid materials (glass, ceramics, hybrid polymers) and technology, e. g. for coatings, powders, fibres, bulk materials, including production technology up to a semi-industrial scale and characterization. The ISC has a strong competence in developing inorganic materials for building applications based on glass or concrete. Furthermore, ISC has developed the class of ORMOCER®, which has manifold technological applications e.g. for optics, electronics, thin film and medical business. Recently, the ISC established a project group dedicated to the materials life cycle and recycling of materials. In the future, integral analysis of full industrial processes from the production to the recycling should be in the focus of the development of new materials. ISC is committed to the promotion of young scientists and about 50% of its employees are female.

Expertise: The Fraunhofer ISC was partner in the EU project MESSIB, where it was planned to develop encapsulation of PCMs using ORMOCER® materials for various applications. In contrast to the project applied here, in MESSIB the main focus is laid on the optimisation of conventional energy production systems (electric, fuel burning) by the use of various novel materials including PCMs.

Key project tasks: ISC is mainly engaged in WP3 and WP7. In WP3, ISC will act as WP leader due to the experience in developing and encapsulation of PCMs. Furthermore, ISC has gained experience in producing glass flakes which should be filled with PCMs. ISC will be also acting in the management of the full production cycle of the products developed here. Finally, ISC will act through the Fraunhofer Alliance “Building” in dissemination and standardisation of the results of the project. In particular, ISC wants to establish a database system of materials properties.

  • Participant in WP 1 (glass flakes). Application-near upscaling of glass flake production, and cycling of the process chemicals

  • Leading in WP 3 (PCM encapsulation and functionalisation) PCM selection, encapsulation, crystallisation optimisation, functionalisation.

  • Participant in WP 6 (life cycle analysis) recycling concepts of final products.

  • Participant in WP 7 (dissemination, exploitation, standardization)

Key Personnel:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Senior Manager) studied chemistry and he wrote his diploma thesis in macromolecular chemistry on inorganic paraffines. In his PhD, he analysed catalytic processes, and later, he finished his habilitation on glass and ceramic materials. Since 2009 he is head of the business unit “Glass and High temperature Materials” at Fraunhofer ISC in Würzburg.

Dr. Gerhard Schottner, PhD in Chemistry, Head of Business Unit Environment since 2011, has a large expertise in the synthesis and technological application of hybrid nano- composites, with a focus on abrasion resistant, functional and optical coatings. 25 years of experience in managing targeted research projects in cooperation with universities and industrial partners. Author/co-author of around 50 papers and reviews on functionalized sol- gel materials and coatings, more than 15 patents, co-editor of a book on automotive glazing. Has been involved in a number of European projects dealing with chromogenic coatings and preservation of stained glass windows.

Dipl.-Chem. Ferdinand Somorowsky: He studied chemistry in Wuerzburg with two research-interships in sol-gel materials with a heat resistent protective effect and additive boundings with platinum(0)complexes. The topic of his degree dissertation at the ISC Fraunhofer was the preparation and characterisation of Vycor-glass. In the context of his PHD-thesis he analyses porous Vycor-glass as a material for the regulation of the room-climate.

Dr. Uta Helbig: She studied diploma mineralogy in Wuerzburg where she also got her PhD in the field of material chemistry. She is an expert in piezo materials, bio mineralisation, PCM materials, and development and characterisation of materials for civil engineering.