EU Cooperations

The Fraunhofer IWS gained comprehensive experience as coordinator in the management of several EU-projects. In the same way the Fraunhofer IWS is highly appreciated as partner in numerous EU-projects due to its deep-seated and more over lived quality principles as well as professional handling.

SHARK - laSer surface engineering for new and enHanced functionAl perfoRmance with digitally enabled Knowledge base

The SHARK project will advance laser surface texturing from the current ‘trial and error’, lab-scale concept into a highly predictable, data driven industrial approach by developing a digitally enabled knowledge management platform with a comprehensive database of process parameters and functionalities. Pseudo Random laser texturing and Direct Laser Interference Patterning will be employed, offering complementary techniques to yield a highly flexible tool capable of delivering wide range of functional surfaces with exceptional productivity and excellent process efficiency. The project will develop surface texture predictive modelling to rapidly define key process variables required for specific surface functionalities and combine it with two laser surface texturing technologies and inline surface characterization.

The project SHARK has received funding from the European Union`s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement No 768701.

Project duration: 01.10.2017 – 30.09.2020

SuperWEAR - Suspension Thermal Spraying Coatings

New cost-effective SUspension ceramic coatings with SUPERior WEAR and insulating properties (Eurostars-Projekt E!9756 SuperWEAR)

SuperWEAR is a bilateral (Spain-Germany) European project approved at the last Eurostars call in 14th position out of 230 eligible projects. Financed by CDTI in Spain and BMBF in Germany, this project has a budget of ca. 1.7 million Euros and 30 months of duration.

The project is based on the development of oxide coatings with superior wear resistance and insulation properties using a cost-effective and environmentally friendly production process based on Suspension Thermal Spraying (STS). The project aims to do the first implementation of STS in SME job shops, demonstrating its advantages in selected components: cylinders for hydroelectric applications, off-shore piston rods, industrial valves, pump components and ball bearings with electrical insulation.

This project has a relevant Consortium which covers the whole product production chain, allowing a position of strength and collaboration within the proposed markets. There is a producer/seller of thermal spray hardware (GTV), there are the hardware users as job coaters (TMCOMAS and OBZ) and there are end-users for the coating solutions (Stern Hidraulica, TMCOMAS and OBZ). Additionally there is a strong knowledge of the suspension spray technique supplied by Fraunhofer IWS / IKTS.

Project duration: 01.12.2015 – 31.05.2018

SeNaTe (Seven Nanometer Technology) – Research for chips based on seven nanometer technology

The SeNaTe project is the next in a chain of thematically connected ENIAC JU KET pilot line projects which are associated with 450 mm/300 mm development for the 12 nm and 10 nm technology nodes. The main objective is the demonstration of the 7 nm IC technology integration in line with the industry needs and the ITRS roadmap on real devices in the Advanced Patterning Center at imec using innovative device architecture and comprising demonstration of a lithographic platform for EUV and immersion technology, advanced process and holistic metrology platforms, new materials and mask infrastructure.

A lithography scanner will be developed based on EUV technology to achieve the 7 nm module patterning specification. Metrology platforms need to be qualified for N7’s 1D, 2D and 3D geometries with the appropriate precision and accuracy. For the 7 nm technology modules a large number of new materials will need to be introduced. The introduction of these new materials brings challenges for all involved processes and the related equipment set. Next to new deposition processes also the interaction of the involved materials with subsequent etch, clean and planarization steps will be studied. Major European stakeholders in EUV mask development will collaboratively work together on a number of key remaining EUV mask issues.

The first two years of the project will be dedicated to find the best options for patterning, device performance, and integration. In the last year a full N7 integration with electrical measurements will be performed to enable the validation of the 7 nm process options for a high volume manufacturing.

The SeNaTe project relates to the ECSEL work program topic process technologies – More Moore. It addresses and targets as set out in the MASP at the discovery of new semiconductor process, equipment and materials solutions for advanced CMOS processes that enable the nano-structuring of electronic devices with 7 nm resolution in high-volume manufacturing and fast prototyping.

The project SeNaTe (Contract No. 675063) leading to this application has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, BMBF and Free State of Saxony.

Project duration: 01.06.2015 - 31.05.2018

LASER4FUN – European ESRs Network on short pulsed laser micro/nanostructuring of surfaces

The LASER4FUN research programme pursues to go far beyond the current state through the development of new surface micro/nano-structuring/patterning methods by using emerging SP/USP laser technologies (LIPSS, DLIP, DLW & hybrid tech). The research will focus on the interaction of laser energy with several materials (metals, semiconductors, polymers, glasses & advanced materials) and on new surface functionalities like tribology, aesthetics and wettability. Moreover, LASER4FUN establishes an innovative training programme that aims at coaching a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early stage researchers (ESRs) focused on laser surface engineering. This novel programme will contain both scientific and general skills training activities and it will benefit from training at a network (e.g. secondments). In total, 14ESRs will be enrolled, developing individual research projects within LASER4FUN programme. After 36 months of research and training, the ESRs will be PH Doctors prepared to face EU laser-engineering new challenges.LASER4FUN consortium involves 8 Academic partners (4 Universities –one of them as associated partner- and 4 RTD institutions) ensuring the progress beyond the state of the art, and 3 industrial partners guaranteeing that final solutions will be close to the market. They are from 6 different EU countries.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant

The project leading to this application has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 675063.

Project duration: 01.09.2015 - 31.08.2019

ALABO - Advanced Thin, Organic and Large Area Electronics (TOLAE) technologies



ALABO will develop organic electronic building elements on flexible substrates with monolithically integrated barrier foils as the substrate. The barrier will provide protection against atmospheric gases such as water vapor and oxygen that cause unwanted material degradation. The ALABO consortium will also develop a direct laser scribing process for flexible substrates coated with such ultra-barrier systems. The project results will be applicable to a number of Advanced Thin, Organic and Large Area Electronics (TOLAE) technologies, such as OPV, OLED, OTFT and thin-film inorganic PV on polymer foil substrates.

This project ALABO has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644026.

Project duration: 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017

NanoCaTe - Nano-carbons for versatile power supply modules

The multidisciplinary consortium of the NanoCaTe project will develop a more efficient thermoelectric- and storage material based on nanocarbon (e.g. graphene and CNT) to reclaim waste heat by thermoelectric generators and to storage the energy in super capacitors or secondary batteries for manifold applications like pulsed sensors or mobile electronic devices.

The integration of the developed materials into harvester and storage devices is a further step to characterize the performance of the innovative materials. Finally, a demonstrator consisting of harvester, storage and energy management represents a self-sustaining, universally usable, and maintenance-free power supply. The project will substantially strengthen the position of Europe in the field of thermoelectric and storage materials by developing devices with increased lifetime produced by cost-efficient technologies and therefore contributing to a further promotion of cleaner energy technologies.

Project duration: 01.10.2013 - 30.09.2017

PLIANT - Process Line Implementation for Applied Surface Nanotechnologies

The EU-funded project PLIANT focuses on the fabrication of nanostructured surfaces through atmospheric pressure processes. Pilot lines will be established to target substantial potential applications in three strategically significant industrial areas: energy storage by high capacity batteries and hybrid capacitors with enhanced energy density, solar power generation and energy efficient (lightweight) airplanes.

Project duration: 01.02.2013 - 31.01.2017


Development of high-performance barrels with innovative gradient coatings



DEBACOAT is a project co-funded by the European Commission within the FP7, that aims at developing a set of barrels with innovative internal hardfacing coatings, featuring a compositional gradient along their length, to optimize the coating behavior and to better face the different tribological and corrosive environments encountered during service in the specific sections of the extruder.

Project duration: 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2014


Surface Modification for Advanced Applications

Designed to collaborate in the field of materials surface modification, the SUMA2 Network includes 8 universities and 1 research center in Europe and Latinamerica.

The purpose of this multidisciplinary network is to combine different areas of expertise in physics, chemistry, materials science, materials engineering, mechanical engineering and electronic engineering towards the development of optimized surfaces for different applications, such as: gas sensors, transparent p-n junctions, organic solar cells, electrochemical electrodes and wear resistant and anticorrosive surfaces.

Project duration: 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2014

LIFT - Leadership in Fibre Lasers

The LIFT project will establish international leadership for Europe in the science, application and production technologies for material processing by fibre lasers through the development of innovative laser sources.

Project duration: 01.09.2009 - 31.08.2013


The project SOLNOWAT aims to develop a dry route alternative for the solar cell industry that will eliminate the very high water consumption and GWP emissions of current process while meeting all production requirements. This project will clearly outline the environmental impact, cost and efficiency of the new process and equipment required, and include dissemination to cell manufacturers.

Project duration: 01.09.2011 - 31.08.2013

nanoMOF - Nanoporous Metal-Organic Frameworks for production

“nanoMOF” will focus beyond discovery and integrate nanostructured MOFs into products with industrial impact within a strong cooperation of established MOF research institutions and industrial end users.

Project duration: 01.06.2009 - 31.05.2013


Design, development and evaluation of an orbital laser welding head

Project duration: 01.01.2011 - 31.12.2012

N2P - Nano To Production

Outstanding progress has been made in recent years in developing novel structures and applications for direct fabrication of 3D nanosurfaces. However, exploitation is limited by lack of suitable manufacturing technologies.

In this project we will develop innovative in-line high throughput technologies based on atmospheric pressure surface and plasma technologies. The two identified approaches to direct 3D nanostructuring are etching for manufacturing of nanostructures tailored for specific applications, and coating.

Project duration: 01.06.2008 - 30.11.2012