Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB

Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT

Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT

Security, safety and energetic materials technology


Fraunhofer ICT offers its long-standing research experience in the field of explosives to the German Federal Ministry of Defence, the public sector and industrial customers in the form of extensive knowhow, laboratories and experimental workshops for R&D purposes at Fraunhofer ICT allow for carrying out projects from a laboratory up to a small production scale.
Fraunhofer ICT draws on the competence of its employees in the development of improved chemical energy sources, energy supplies and systems for the German army and the development of new technologies and materials for defense against terrorist attacks.

In the center of the project research, work is carried out on the development, manufacturing and characterization of rocket propellants, gas generators, gun propellants, explosives and new ignition systems. Besides research topics including non-lethal weapons, safety and protective systems, electrochemical energy storage and energy management, the institute also has extensive experience in the detection of explosives. In this context Fraunhofer ICT, together with the German Federal Police, runs the national "Test Center for the Detection of Liquid Explosives".

Safety related research covers the investigation and evaluation of safety hazards and accident scenarios in the private and public sector. Experience with reactive chemical processes, and the facilities and equipment necessary for the in-house development of specialized measurement technology, allow the institute to perform risk analysis (including on a large scale) on the handling of combustible and explosive materials. The Fraunhofer ICT also develops new, situation-specific protection systems drawing on different techniques and innovative materials.


Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 7 
76327 Pfinztal

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Elsner 

Phone +49 721 4640-401 

Foundation 1959 
Staff 540
Annual budget 37.5 Mio. Euro