Fraunhofer USA CEI- New Lab Space Coming Soon

Fraunhofer USA CEI’s lab is being constructed at the Innovation Partnership Building at the UConn Tech Park - scheduled to be completed in late June 2019

Ceramic Membranes

Ceramic membranes of different geometry and material


High temperature membranes for catalysis and oxygen generation

Fraunhofer USA Center for Energy Innovation CEI


The mission of the Fraunhofer USA Center for Energy Innovation CEI at the University of Connecticut is to develop, demonstrate, and deploy advanced membrane technologies through contract research.

Fraunhofer USA CEI performs applied research, feasibility studies, and demonstration testing of membrane separation processes across industrial sectors. This includes laboratory and pilot scale demonstration testing of liquid and gas separation applications.

Fraunhofer USA CEI Offers

Customized Separations Solutions for:

  • Water treatment and reuse
  • Membrane process engineering
  • Resource recovery
  • Non-aqueous liquid separations
  • Vapor and gas separations

Technology Platforms for:

  • Ceramic membranes
  • Polymeric membranes
  • Mixed matrix membranes

Ceramic Membranes

Ceramic membranes offer capabilities for separation applications where polymeric membranes cannot operate. For example, ceramic membranes can operate in environments where polymeric membranes would typically fail. Fraunhofer USA CEI has the knowledge and resources to demonstrate the capabilities of ceramic membranes for aqueous and organic solvent filtration applications.

Fraunhofer USA CEI’s collaborative partner, Fraunhofer IKTS, fabricates the most selective ceramic filtration membranes on the market today and are the only provider of nanofiltration ceramic membranes. Other inorganic membranes are also available for vapor and gas separations. These include membranes made from zeolites, carbon materials, and perovskites.

Polymeric Membranes

Fraunhofer USA CEI has extensive expertise with polymeric membranes for liquid separation and purification applications. Application experience includes desalination, water treatment, reuse, water softening, dewatering processes and organic solvent purification. The team has experience in reverse osmosis, forward osmosis, nanofiltration, pervaporation, vapor permeation, and membrane distillation.

Membrane Process Engineering

Fraunhofer USA CEI can assemble customized membrane separations systems that are designed for client needs. Fraunhofer USA CEI partner Fraunhofer IKTS offers scaled-membrane manufacturing capabilities for element and module design and fabrication.



Joint Development Opportunities

© Fraunhofer IKTS

Gas permeation plant for mixed and single permeation testing

Fraunhofer USA CEI welcomes joint development projects with industrial clients. Types of project include, but are not limited to, membrane design,  module prototyping, and system piloting.

Separation Equipment & Analytical Resources

Separation Equipment

Fraunhofer USA CEI has access to state-of-the-art separations test equipment designed to accept different types of membranes and modules. These systems are designed for aqueous, organic, vapor, and gas separations processes.

Analytical Resources

Fraunhofer USA CEI has access to the state-of-the-art research infrastructure at the University of Connecticut to perform a variety of analytical testing. Extensive materials characterization and liquids/gas analysis facilities are available for a fee.

Fraunhofer USA Center for Energy Innovation CEI News


News and Updates



  • Fraunhofer USA CEI at Membrane Science and Technology 2019 Conference in Singapore


Partner Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS

Fraunhofer IKTS conducts applied research on high-performance ceramics for numerous applications. The institute‘s three sites in Dresden and Hermsdorf (Thuringia), Germany, collectively represent Europe‘s largest R&D institute dedicated to the study of ceramics.

Connecticut's Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

The Connecticut DECD is the state's lead agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the rapidly changing, knowledge-based global economy. The agency takes a comprehensive approach to economic development that incorporates community development, transportation, education, and arts and culture.

University of Connecticut (UConn)

Founded in 1881, the University of Connecticut the state’s flagship university and the highest ranked public university in New England and is a top 25 public university nationally.  With over 30,000 students, UConn is a leader in education, research, and innovation through its world-renowned faculty, programs, and research centers that receive over  $250M of research funding each year.