Material research

The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC conducts materials research with a view to developing innovative non-metallic materials. The main focus of this work lies on developing materials that will enable tomorrow’s new products to meet the most pressing challenges of our future in the realms of energy, environment, and human health.
These novel materials open up a whole new world of products for manufacturers and end users alike. One of the aspects to which Fraunhofer ISC gives central importance in its R&D activities is that of making more efficient use of energy and other resources. This approach involves continuous improvements to manufacturing processes and the development of new, multifunctional materials. We also make use of nanotechnology to create materials with enhanced properties and functions.

Multifunctional nanoparticles for biomedical applications

What we offer

The central point of our research is multifunctional nanoparticles (NPs). For high-sensitivity in-vivo and in-vitro diagnostic and therapeutic applications, Fraunhofer ISC has come up with a novel concept for the design of customized NP systems, which bears the name ORMOBEAD®. It stands for a new generation of multifunctional NP systems and for an all-round concept that is based on variable structural units and therefore able to provide solutions for even the most complex requirement profiles. The modular structure offers a maximum of flexibility with regard to size, materials, effective targeting, and type of medical imaging technique. The resulting ORMOBEAD®s can bind to biomarkers or deliver drugs and are visible to different types of imaging systems.

What we are looking for

Are you looking for support in realizing your new product idea? Or does a material pose a problem at some point in your production chain for which you fail to find just the right solution? Our R&D support may help you save time, trouble and money.
We are looking for new application fields of our materials and new partners for collaboration projects.


  • Medical Technology
    • [offer & search] Cancer diagnostics and therapy
    • [offer & search] Implants, biomaterials, tissue engineering
    • [offer & search] NMR, CT, PET, 3D-Imaging
  • Pharma
    • [search] Drug targeting and delivery
  • Biotech
    • [offer & search] Diagnostics & Therapy (Diseases)
    • [search] Drug Delivery/Drug Targeting

Collaboration sought

  • Research & development
  • Prototyping
  • Partnership for international development projects
  • Financing


Competence Team Manager Theranostics

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