Fraunhofer USA Blog 2018

Fraunhofer CCD's Diamond Technology cleans up PFAS-contaminated Wastewater

More than 1.5 million Michigan residents and potentially more than hundreds of sites nationwide ­– and counting – have PFAS-tainted water. Michigan State University-Fraunhofer USA, Inc. Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies (MSU-Fraunhofer) is developing a scalable treatment option for PFAS-contaminated wastewater.

MSU Today

Published: Oct. 9, 2018

The Michigan State University-Fraunhofer USA, Inc. Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies is developing a scalable treatment option for PFAS-contaminated wastewater. PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are known as “forever chemicals” because they are so difficult to break down. They accumulate over time and have been linked to adverse health effects. MSU-Fraunhofer’s electrochemical oxidation system breaks down the contaminants’ formidable molecular bonds, cleaning the water while systematically destroying PFAS. Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) of Maryland met with Fraunhofer IESE and Fraunhofer ICT

L to R: David Mook, Vernon Thompson, Maria-Angelica Vargas, Birgit Buck (Fraunhofer IESE/Communications), Henning Köhler (Fraunhofer ICT/Marketing), Patrick Wynn

Executives from the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) of Maryland met with Fraunhofer IESE and Fraunhofer ICT staff during the IT Security Expo and Congress held in Nuremburg, on October 9-11, 2018.

HCEDA Executive Vice President Vernon Thompson commented, “Our discussions with Manuel and Henning included our MOU with Fraunhofer CESE and plans for collaboration with the County’s rich cybersecurity and technology community as well as CESE’s planned presence at the County’s new Innovation Center. Manuel described IESE’s “MyData Control Technology” which we think would be of great interest to the technology and government communities back in the U.S. We thank Fraunhofer CESE for helping us make these introductions, Manuel, Henning and Birgit for taking the time to meet with us, and we extend an open invitation for them to visit us in Howard County, Maryland in the near future.”



Howard County ranks among the nation’s most technologically advanced communities and shares the region with federal government agencies, leading academic and research institutions and large concentration of defense and cybersecurity contractors.

Based in College Park, Maryland since 1998, Fraunhofer USA Center for Experimental Software Engineering CESE conducts applied research to support the software-enabled innovations created by its customers in industry, government, and academia. Fraunhofer CESE develops and uses advanced, effective, and scalable approaches to software and systems engineering, delivers powerful testing and verification strategies and tools, and uses state-of-the-art measurement and analysis methods to support its customers' challenges. 

To support all of these efforts, Fraunhofer CESE relies on its demonstrated competences in the following areas:

  •     Model-Based Development and Testing
  •     Rapid Prototyping and Innovation
  •     Software Safety and Security Analytics
  •     Software Engineering Processes and Analytics

The Fraunhofer USA Center for Experimental Software Engineering CESE is one of seven centers of Fraunhofer USA Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit contract R&D organization. Fraunhofer USA Inc. works closely with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the largest application-oriented organization in Europe.

To contact Fraunhofer CESE, click HERE


Visiting Scholar at Fraunhofer CSE

May 2018

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Leander Grunwald, currently in Boston as a Visiting Scholar from the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT (Fraunhofer UMSICHT) in Oberhausen, Germany

Leander Grunwald is currently in Boston as a Visiting Scholar from the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT (Fraunhofer UMSICHT) in Oberhausen, Germany. At Fraunhofer UMSICHT, he is a member of the Energy Systems department and was working on the “Die Stadt als Speicher“ project: coordination and optimization of decentralized generators and loads in urban areas with market- and grid-related objective functions. Prior to his role at Fraunhofer, he worked as a student assistant for RWE AG on smart meters and demand response field testing. He also worked for the Communication Networks Institute Technical University Dortmund (TU Dortmund) doing outdoor radio field measurements, modeling and simulation (raytracing) of wireless communication systems for smart meters.

Leander earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science, both in Industrial Engineering with a focus on Electrical Engineering from TU Dortmund, with his Master's thesis on “Technical Evaluation and Economical Classification of Optimization- and Coordination-Approaches for Virtual Energy Storages.“

In his spare time, Leander enjoys being in nature, biking, traveling, city trips, cinema, and making music (piano, band).


Fraunhofer CSE Welcomes new Interns

May 2018

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Vivek Shah, Fraunhofer CSE Graduate Fellow, Building Enclosures and Materials, and Photovoltaic Technologies
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Robert Passas, Fraunhofer CSE Behavior Science Fellow, Building Energy Systems

Welcome to CSE Vivek Shah, Graduate Fellow, Building Enclosures and Materials, and Photovoltaic Technologies!

Vivek joins Fraunhofer CSE as a Graduate Fellow for both the Enclosures and PV Technologies Groups. He has a background in photovoltaic and materials research and is passionate about different solar cell technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Mumbai University, India. He recently completed his Master of Science in Solar Energy Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell where he focused on the fabrication and characterization of thin-film perovskite cells. He successfully fabricated Perovskite solar cells with an efficiency of 7% under ambient conditions. In his free time, he enjoys playing badminton and an assortment of sports, including table tennis. He loves watching tennis and cricket.

Welcome to CSE Robert Passas, Behavior Science Fellow, Building Energy Systems!

Robert joins Fraunhofer CSE as a Behavioral Research Fellow. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience from Northeastern University, with minors in Global Social Entrepreneurship and Interaction Design. He has a wide array of work experience, ranging from Parkinson’s disease research at Harvard Medical School and assisting mentally ill tenants at a local Boston group home, to assisting the research of protein profiling techniques at Northeastern University. He has volunteered as a health educator in the Boston Public School Systems and been a behavioral neuroscience mentor to incoming freshmen at Northeastern. He speaks conversational Greek and German. In his spare time he enjoys going camping, skiing, and pursuing independent art projects.



Agile Invention: Successful inventions and designing new business models

Fraunhofer USA invites all Successful Practice Companies in the field of Agile Invention to participate 

Fraunhofer IPT in Aachen Germany, who works closely with Fraunhofer CMI in Boston, together with a consortium of 14 industrial firms, is looking for Successful Practice Companies in the field of "Agile Invention".  The goal is to analyze how agile methods can contribute to a successful innovation process.




The purpose of this international study is to identify successful and proven solutions in the field of innovation and technology management and how to benefit from them. We want to identify concepts, methods and procedures of successful practice companies in order to learn how a successful management of disruptive innovations can be characterized and which approaches have proven themselves in development.

Become part of the benchmarking and participate in the survey. Closing date is June 8th, 2018! 

To find our more and to download the online version of the questionnaire click HERE

Benefits of participation:

  • You will receive a copy of the anonymized study results free of charge
  • All participants will be entered in a drawing from which 5 will be picked to receive a free pass for the 12th Aachen Technology and Innovation Management Conference each worth of 1.400€
  • The five most successful companies will be awarded the distinction of “Successful Practice Company“
  • If selected as a “Successful Practice Company - Participation in the company visits of the “Successful Practice Companies“ and exchange of experiences with the consortium             

for more information please contact:

Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnologie IPT
Florian Vogt  

florian.vogt (at)
Telefon: +49 241 8904 -564


Fraunhofer CSE at ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2018

April 2018

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The Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE was pleased to participate in the recent ARPA-E (Advanced Research Products Agency-Energy) Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C., with several staff members, and a booth at the technology exhibition.

The event, now in its eighth year, and hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy and ARPA-E, showcases the nation’s leading transformational energy technologies with the goal of bringing them to market. It also provides a forum for America’s energy industry community to address challenges and opportunities th rough invention and collaboration.

Currently, Fraunhofer CSE is working on two ARPA-E Single-Pane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Design (SHIELD) projects. Fraunhofer is working with Triton Systems on developing a multilayered coating for manufactured windowpanes that could improve the efficiency of single-pane window units. In another project, Fraunhofer CSE is working with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST) to develop an affordable and highly insulating aerogel windowpane technology for retrofit applications. The Summit offered opportunities for CSE’s project lead Dr. Nitin Shukla to discuss commercialization opportunities and possible avenues for future collaboration.

At Fraunhofer CSE’s booth, the SunDial project was showcased; a three-year public-private project to design, develop, and demonstrate an integrated system of solar photovoltaic (PV), energy storage, and facility load management at the utility distribution scale in Massachusetts. The project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office with Fraunhofer CSE, National Grid, IPKeys, and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) contributing matching funds, will create a control system that optimally manages facility loads and energy storage charging and discharging to mitigate potential problems due to intermittency and large ramps in PV power generation.

Also on display at the booth were several exciting energy-saving building envelope materials developed with our global academic and industry partners. The display was very well-attended, as there is much interest in the next generation of sustainable, energy efficient thermal insulation materials.

Throughout the 3-day Summit, Fraunhofer CSE’s TechBridge Program Lead, Nick Rancis, was extensively involved in networking and building relationships with international energy incubators and accelerators, startups interested in Fraunhofer CSE’s services, and corporate innovation and venture capital representatives who were interested to learn how the TechBridge Program works.

Lastly, the Summit brought together representatives from other Fraunhofer USA centers, including the Fraunhofer USA Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies CCD in East Lansing, Michigan and the Fraunhofer USA Center for Energy Innovation CEI in Storrs, Connecticut.

We thank the U.S. Department of Energy for the opportunity to share our work with the community and engage with innovative thought leaders and experts in our field.

For more Cleantech Notes click HERE

Fraunhofer CSE Media Contact:

Lindsey Dillion

marketing (at) 

U.S. Mint considers alternatives for blank production

March 2018

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Quarters 1) Annealed, Conventional 2) Annealed, Pushback 3) Hard, Conventional 4) Hard, Pushback


By Paul Gilkes , Coin World 
Published : 03/09/18




During a technical presentation in February at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Richard Robidoux, division chief of engineering and new technology at the U.S. Mint and John C. Briggs from Fraunhofer USA’s Center for Manufacturing Innovation CMI, jointly outlined research the Mint has pursued in streamlining blanking operations to make them more efficient and cost effective, including alternatives, like pushback blanking.

For full article click HERE


Contact Fraunhofer CMI:

Dr. John C. Briggs
Senior Engineer
Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation


Bill Mosolgo

Business Development

Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation


Fraunhofer CLA Introduces new Interns

January 2018

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Hannes Lauer, Christoph Halisch, Susanne Markert and Lukas Hufmann
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Susanne Markert working with the Programmable Focusing Optic “3D Scanner”
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Hannes Lauer evaluating a process for the additive manufacturing of three-dimensional test samples with the COAXwire cladding head

The Fraunhofer USA Center for Laser Applications would like to introduce our current Student Interns from Dresden Germany, working with our team to enhance their knowledge in the Laser Applications Field. 

Susanne Markert is currently Studying for her Masters in Mechanical Engineering with focus in Aerospace and was a Research Assistant with Fraunhofer IWS researching the area of thermal spraying process for turbine blades.

Hannes Lauer’s current area of study is Mechatronics and is Student Assistant at Fraunhofer IWS in the field of Programming of a Rasperry Pi computer for sensor monitoring and completing research on camera systems for EMAqS,  before his internship here in Plymouth Michigan. 

Our third Student Intern is Christoph Halisch who has just completed his diploma in Material Science and was a Research assistant for Fraunhofer IWS, Dresden in the field of Laser ablation and separation.

Finally is Lukas Hufmann who just arrived with us in January 2018 and he has just completed his Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering at the Technical University Dresden.

Our Interns will spend a period of 6 months here with us expanding their knowledge of Laser Applications and assisting our Engineers with several projects.