KIT researchers have developed colored solar cells made of inexpensive perovskite semiconductor material that can be integrated into building facades or roofs. They imitate the optics of known building materials.
In a cooperative effort, Lanxess and Kautex Textron have been researching the development of a high-voltage battery housing made of engineering thermoplastics. A near-series technology demonstrator has now been presented.
A new process allows hollow spheres to be produced from metallic and ceramic materials with diameters of one millimeter and above. Compared with a solid sphere, weight savings of up to 90 percent can be achieved.
Together with the Clausthal University of Technology, the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing is researching the possibility of using additive manufacturing to produce components, spare parts or tools in weightlessness.
High-performance ceramics provide key components – but only if they are defect-free. To detect rejects at an early stage, researchers at Fraunhofer IKTS have developed an in-line inspection method based on laser speckle photometry.
The Corona pandemic has greatly increased worldwide interest in rapid yet reliable virus testing. Fraunhofer IKTS has now developed μPCR laboratory modules to significantly accelerate the polymerase chain reaction for such tests.
Removing pathogens from drinking water is especially difficult when the germs are too tiny to be caught by conventional filters. Researchers at Empa and Eawag are developing new materials and processes to free water from pathogenic microorganisms such as viruses.