The chemical industry is one of the most important and research-intensive economic sectors in Germany. Many innovations in the automotive, electrical and electronic, construction and packaging industries would not be possible without the contributions of chemistry. More than all other sectors, the chemical industry is characterized by resource- and energy-intensive processes.
The dependence on the import of raw materials, the limited availability of fossil resources worldwide – even in competition with energy use – and the need to consider the impacts on both climate and the environment mean that our research also emphasizes initiatives to make the use of fossil resources more efficient or to create substitutes for them.
Networking and Cooperation
Our distinctive networking collaborations with other institutes of the Fraunhofer Groups for Life Sciences and for Materials and Components – MATERIALS, or the Fraunhofer Nanotechnology, Photocatalysis, Technical Textiles, Polymer Surfaces POLO® and Cleaning Technology Alliances, as well as with universities and other research institutions, guarantee competent approaches even to interdisciplinary tasks.