Strategic Research Topics

In a narrower or broader sense the majority of Fraunhofer IMM’s projects is dealing with topics of high relevance for society.

Clean Energy

Basically and simplified, our work revolves around alternative energy sources, the provision of hydrogen that is as green as possible and the avoidance of carbon dioxide emissions or its utilization.


We target the following applications:

Hydrogen based energy supply

  • combined heat and power unit for small to medium stationary solutions
  • fuel processor solutions for powering maritime and agricultural vehicles, aircraft assistance, transport, and automotive
  • auxiliary power units
  • renewable energy storage / methanation
  • biofuel production

Ammonia utilization

  • powering deep sea vessels
  • reducing carbon dioxide in industrial processes


Basically and simplified, our work revolves around reducing the environmental footprint of processes, increasing their safety and efficiency as well as the monitoring of critical process or environmental parameters.


We target the following applications:

Flow Chemistry

  • photochemical utilization of carbon dioxide
  • electrification of chemistry
  • reactive intermediates for pharmaceutical applications
  • innovative processing regimes targeting fine chemicals, special chemicals, agrochemicals, …
  • decentralized production concepts

Media monitoring

  • condition monitoring of and determination of microorganisms process media
  • monitoring of critical product parameters and real-time quality control of food and in food production processes
  • leak detection in circuits
  • high precision components for imaging spectroscopy monitoring climate and environmental changes
  • surveilling fusion experiments


Basically and simplified, our work revolves around the isolation and detection of cells, microorganisms or pathogens for diagnostic, therapeutic or quality control purposes, the determination of their properties or the provision of active ingredients where needed with tailormade properties.


We target the following applications:

Infection diagnostics

  • PCR-based diagnostics of infectious diseases
  • pandemic control
  • fast sepsis detection

Nanoparticle Systems

  • targeted drug delivery
  • encapsulation of sensory active ingredients, value adding substances and matrix components
  • materials with tailor-made properties

Single cell analytics

  • cancer diagnostics
  • research for therapy development and monitoring of therapy success