Center Smart Materials and Adaptive Systems CeSMA

CeSMA - Smart electromechanical materials for research and industry

The Center Smart Materials and Adaptive Systems CeSMA investigates innovative approaches to realize controllable systems and technological components by means of smart materials. Sensors and actuators, energy harvesters and Human-Machine Interfaces, mechatronic systems such as controllable dampers, clutches, brakes and fixture devices, smart textiles, optoelectronic systems and optical interconnection systems, as well as display technologies and electronic components represent the fields of activities.

We have built up different competences in order to provide the requested knowledge to customers and partners:

  • Strong knowledge in smart materials – from synthesis, formulation to chemical analysis and characterization
  • Processing using 2D and 3D technologies, structuring in the range from < 1 µm and large-area processing using Roll-to-Roll technology
  • Simulation and Modelling of technological components designed and constructed according to customer requirements
  • Set-up of technological components in order to leverage the potential of smart materials
  • Integration of technological components into systems including hardware and software engineering, data transfer and interaction with state-of-the-art components.

The objective of our work is the realization of smart components that exploit excellent properties of novel smart materials. This is enabled by a unique interaction between chemists, physicists and electrical, mechanical and materials engineers in the team.

In this way, we develop completely new types of functional elements, taking into account environmental and end-of-life aspects (recycling).



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OPIE 2023

CeSMA will participate in the Optics & Photonics International Exhibition OPIE on April 19 - 21, 2023 in Japan.  



Sensor + Test 2023

Visit us at Sensor + Test in Nuremberg from May 9-11, 2023 to learn more about our smart materials and their process technologies.

Winner OE-A Competition 2021

SUPERSMART research project: printed electronic components such as sensors and smart labels on paper in the construction of a smart environment.

Press Release / 8.11.2021

Smart sensors for future fast charging

"SPARTACUS" battery research project has mastered the first milestones

Publication at Optronics, Japan / 10.4.2020

Optical materials and processes for the 21st century

Press Release / 25.9.2020

Battery 2030+:
Large-scale European initiative for battery research starts up


Center Smart Materials and Adaptive Systems

Neunerplatz 2

97082 Würzburg

Phone +49 931 4100-501

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Gerhard Domann

Head of CeSMA

Fraunhofer-Institut für Silicatforschung ISC
Neunerplatz 2
97082 Würzburg
Phone +49 931 4100-551

Dr. Holger Böse

Scientific Advisor CeSMA

Fraunhofer-Institut für Silicatforschung ISC
Neunerplatz 2
97082 Würzburg
Phone +49 931 4100-203

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Dr. Bernhard Brunner

Deputy Head of CeSMA

Fraunhofer-Institut für Silicatforschung ISC
Neunerplatz 2
97082 Würzburg
Phone +49 931 4100-416

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