Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI

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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.

Fraunhofer ISI contributes its expertise to the Fraunhofer Nanotechnology Alliance, the supra-regional network for nanotechnology materials NanoMat and the High-Tech-Initiative NanoValley.


Nanotechnology 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.


Nanotechnology in the innovation process

Nanotechnology for energy, medical technology, lightweight construction/composite and environment




two 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


Lithium ion battery


Nanotechnology, materials, production: Topic area in the research program of the European Union