Applied Research

Applied research remains the core of our mission as we provide our customers with the latest in innovations and technology transfer solutions. Our research portfolio and programs form the core focus of our available competences. By addressing market needs that will shape our future, our pre-competitive research specifically targets projects that have high commercial potential, thereby enhancing our impact on society and across multiple sectors. Contact us today and review our selected projects below, highlighting our ability to bring technology to market, work with our university and government partners, and further transatlantic research collaboration.

Our Programs and Competences

State Alliance Program

The State Alliance Program offers state governments, economic development agencies and academic institutions the opportunity to develop technical assistance programs based on the Alliance template and tailored to states’ specific needs and interests. The program works to assist local bussinesses with the challenges and opportunities presented by rapid technological change in manufacturing processes, product development and service delivery.

Applied Research Consortia

The ARC Initiative is a Fraunhofer USA initiative, with lead academic partner The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego. This project is a business-led R&D consortia dedicated to pre-competitive research.

TechBridge

The Fraunhofer TechBridge Program works with corporations and startup companies to identify and de-risk promising technologies to solve industry challenges. By performing targeted technical searches and conducting validation and demonstration work, TechBridge evaluates and prepares innovative early-stage products for investors and industry.

Research Competences

  • Materials and Surfaces
  • Production Technologies
  • Information and Communication
  • Energy and Climate Technologies
  • Health

Bringing Technology to Market

Monitoring Blood Coagulation Using Acoustic Levitation for Levisonics

Monitoring blood coagulation is critical for neonatal and pediatric care, surgical patients, and for those on blood thinning medications. Current methods for measuring coagulation rates require 10 mL venipunctures of blood and expensive laboratory-based tests. These large blood volumes are a significant loss for sick patients and are almost impossible for children and infants to provide. Current blood coagulation tests are artificially triggered by contact with the instrument. To solve this problem, Levisonics, with NSF support, has developed a novel, non-contact blood coagulation test that uses acoustic force to levitate blood drops. To help bring the test to market, Fraunhofer USA CMI helped develop key components and automate drop deployment.

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Reducing Chemical Waste and Manufacturing Costs for Integrated Micro-Chromatography Systems, Inc.

The South Carolina Fraunhofer USA Alliance (SCFUSA) is a collaborative effort between the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness (SC Competes), the South Carolina Department of Commerce, and the Fraunhofer USA network. The alliance was created toadvance applied research across the state of South Carolina with the Fraunhofer USA network and South Carolina research institutions. In 2022 the South Carolina Fraunhofer USA Alliance Review Board co-funded an applied research project, led by Clemson University and Fraunhofer USA, focused on providing a key deliverable – to develop Integrated Micro-Chromatography Systems, Inc., (IMCS), an improved bacterial host and new intellectual property to further secure the company’s long-term operations.

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University and Government Collaboration

Developing Filters with High Selectivity for Oil and Water Separation with Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization

Industry production consumes vast amounts of water while simultaneously generating colossal volumes of wastewater laden with various pollutants, raising alarming environmental concerns. Among these contaminants, oily wastewater stands out as a significant contributor. For example, the mining industry produces 140,000 L of oil-contaminated water each day. Additionally, oil leaks and spills during marine transportation and oil production further exacerbate contamination in lakes, rivers, and natural resources. It’s undeniable that recycling and purifying wastewater can have profound global benefits. To address these pressing issues, a diverse range of methods have been developed to remove the oily contamination from water.
These techniques span from physical (e.g., skimmers, adsorption), chemical (e.g., in-situ burning, solidifier, dispenser), to biological (e.g., microorganism degradation).

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Simulated Finish Panel Blocks for Low-Cost Residential Retrofits for New York and the U S Dept of Energy

Tens of Millions of U.S. homes have inadequate wall insulation, reducing comfort and increasing energy consumption. The current state-of-the-art affordable retrofit insulation can achieve R-10 insulation using the “drill-and-fill” cellulose wall cavity technique. There is a strong market for affordable retrofit insulation technique that can achieve much higher R-values.

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Transatlantic Collaboration

Growing the EV Market in South Carolina with Soteria

In 2022 the South Carolina Fraunhofer USA Alliance Review Board co-funded an applied research project (led by the University of South Carolina and supported by Fraunhofer USA) focused on advancing Greenville-based Soteria Battery Innovation Group’s (BIG) effort to improve separator compatibility within Lithium (Li) metal batteries.

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Revolutionizing Sustainability with a Data-Driven Approach with Fraunhofer IPT

In today’s competitive landscape, sustainability has become an increasingly important component for companies of all sizes. Beyond global climate commitments like the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, financial institutions, stock exchanges, and the media are placing growing emphasis on sustainability. It encompasses ecological, economic, and social dimensions, and for manufacturing companies, it hinges on reducing energy consumption, CO2 emissions, resource use, and toxic material substitution.

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