Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI
Fraunhofer ISI already identified and characterized nanotechnology as an important future technology in the report “Technology at the beginning of the 21st century“, published in 1993. With the participation of all Competence Centers our institute today deals in numerous projects with issues regarding nanotechnological innovations – from early development to application.
Part of the
portfolio are comparative analyses of nanotechnological innovation systems, elaboration
of scenarios to forecast future nanotechnological developments, analyzing
innovation drivers and barriers for the market diffusion of nanotechnological
innovations, potential and impact assessments of technological developments,
researching societal acceptance of emerging technologies, sustainability
assessment as well as supporting the technology transfer.
is addressed in numerous projects. Some of the major topics are nanotechnology
in the innovation process, nanotechnology for energy, medical technology, light
weight construction/composite and environment as well as nano-electronics.
Fraunhofer ISI‘s competence in nanotechnology was already involved in
the foresight process of the BMBF (2007 to 2009). Numerous projects on key enabling
technologies show the significance of nanotechnology for innovation processes.
In 2014 Fraunhofer ISI was invited to participate in the EU flagship initiative
on graphene research.
Nanotechnology is a key technology for the energy transition – be it in
the field of electro mobility, for energy storage, for solar energy or for
light weight construction.
9 Roadmaps, published in the Roadmapping "Lithium-ion battery LIB 2015" (most of them only in German):
Nanoelectronics are a key technology. Several studies have investigated
the competitiveness of Germany and Europe in this area and elucidated where
there is room for improvement.
dimensional material which consists of only one monolayer of carbon
Key Enabling Technologies: Six industrial key technologies identified by
the EU Commission being considered essential for the European economy. These
are nanotechnology, advanced materials, photonics, micro- and nano-electronics,
industrial biotechnology and advanced manufacturing
materials, production: Topic area in the research program of the European Union
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