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Welcome to the Institute of Lightweight Structures

Product and application-oriented value creation chain:

Materials Composite Systems Technology Costs

Necessity of climate protection and increasing scarcity of resources require providing new technologies for efficient usage of raw materials and energy. Therefore inter professional research and developement at the Institute of Lightweigth Structures is focused on creating lightweight structures with high performance and functional content and associated processing. In accordance with the Chemnitz model of bivalent resource efficiency (BRE strategy) a high material and energy efficiency is aimed by holistic value chain as well as usage of parts and components. Production oriented processing of contour and load adjusted fiber reinforced and hybrid structures are unique features. Presently the IST coordinates the exclusive Cluster of excellence on the topic of lightweight research. Moreover, institutes director Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. h. c. Dr. h. c. Prof. L. Kroll heads the affiliated institute CETEX and Kunststoffzentrum Oberlausitz at Fraunhofer IWU

Department of Lightweight Structures and Polymer Technology

Department of Sports Equipment & Technology

Department Textile Technologies

Press Articles

  • “The Challenges of Europe are My Passion”

    Neslihan Altun (28) is studying for her master’s degree in Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance and working at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs – she earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemnitz …

  • Migration: Exception or Rule?

    On 28 February, Prof. Dr. Birgit Glorius will give the opening lecture of the new event series at the Industriemuseum, titled “Melting Pot Chemnitz” (Schmelztiegel Chemnitz) …

  • "I Only Know Snow From the Movies“

    With the help of a DAAD scholarship, Ethiopian Teklebirhan Fisseha can write his Ph.D Thesis in the field of Composite Materials – a great opportunity that also involves many challenges …

  • IMTC 2019 presents highlights from lightweight research with an artistic touch

    From 18th to 19th September 2019, the Federal Cluster of Excellence MERGE will welcome guests to the 4th IMTC - The "Call for Papers and Posters" is open until the 31st of March - The "Call for Creatives" ends on the 31st of July …