INATECH: develop sustainable technologies for the future, today
Five Fraunhofer institutes, the University of Freiburg and a common goal: to establish sustainability as the guiding principle in the development of technical systems.
Engineering science for sustainability
The Institute for Sustainable Systems Engineering (INATECH) researches and develops engineering solutions as driven by current sustainability challenges. Sustainable materials, energy systems and resilience stand at the center of the program.
Today’s needs and future generations are the focus
Together with partners and interest groups from the private and public sectors, INATECH is involved in interdisciplinary research projects: develops methods, models, materials, technologies, demonstrators, and technical systems that will meet the needs of today’s and future generations.
From fundamental research to industrial solutions
INATECH is an equal partnership between the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg and the five Freiburger Fraunhofer institutes. This foundation is unique in the research field, a structure that covers the entire spectrum from fundamental research to industrial application.
INATECH in numbers
Leading sustainability experts
Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning
(since 2020, 5 members in total)
Prof. Dr. Anke Weidlich
(since 2022, 4 members in total)
Lester F. Eastman Award for Prof. Oliver Ambacher
Professor Ambacher has been awarded with the Lester F. Eastman Award for his pioneering and continuing research and development on high-power gallium nitride devices.
Young Scientists Awards for INATECH scientists
Three INATECH-theses were awarded for their excellence with the Young Scientists Award. The award is sponsored by the Eva Mayer Stihl Foundation and honors outstanding research. (Photo: Patrick Seeger / University of Freiburg)
Prof. Anke Weidlich is appointed to the Federal Government's Expert Commission on Monitoring the Energy Transition
Germany's Federal Cabinet approved Robert Habeck's appointment of four scientists for four years (July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2026). Prof. Weidlich from INATECH is a new member. She conducts research on energy systems, distributed energy supply, system integration, flexibility and smart grids.
Studying engineering science sustainably
Master's and Bachelor's degree programs: INATECH combines technology with sustainability and educates engineers who will change the world!
Current research at INATECH
Sustainable power electronicsImproving the energy efficiency of power electronic systems. Developing new ways and architectures for data transfer and data transmission. Establishing material life cycles for microelectronic devices.
Photovoltaic technologyImproving efficiency and reducing production costs. Developing new solar cell concepts and investigating new photovoltaic absorber materials.
Sustainable MaterialsReplacement of conventional materials with renewable raw materials and reuse. Increasing the time to replacement of the system. Optimizing the performance of the systems.
Circularity EngineeringDeveloping the scientific basic principles for new engineering methods, processes and tools that can be integrated into all traditional engineering disciplines.
Sustainable energy systemsEvaluating energy systems holistically. Developing renewable energy technologies and optimize the whole product lifecycle. Deriving strategies for integrating fluctuating renewable electricity supply.
ResilienceDeveloping engineering technologies for critical infrastructure to enhance resistance against short-term detrimental effects and long-term changes (e.g. natural disasters or climate change).
Prof. Dr. Dr.
Dean of Studies,
Gips Schüle Chair for Power Electronics (PEL)
Walter and Ingeborg Herrmann Chair for Engineering of Functional Materials (EFM)
Chair for Cross-scale Material Characterization (CMC)
Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (PEC)
Solar Energy Systems (SES)
Prof. Dr.- Ing. habil.
Gips Schüle Chair for Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE)
Fritz Hüttinger Chair for Energy-Efficient High-Frequency Electronics (EEH)
Monitoring of Large-Scale Structures (MLS)
Resilience Engineering for Technical Systems (RTS)
Control and Integration of Grids (CIG)