Gas and Process Technology

We develop compact, customized measurement systems

In its »Gas and Process Technology« business unit, Fraunhofer IPM develops and manufactures measuring and control systems to meet customer requirements. The main features of these systems are short measurement times, high precision and reliability, even under extreme conditions. The expertise in the business unit includes laser spectroscopic methods for gas analysis, energy-efficient gas sensors, particle measuring technology and thermal sensors and systems. The scope of applications is massive – it extends from flue gas analysis and food transport monitoring to sensors and systems for measuring very small temperature differentials.

For our miniature gas sensor systems, we combine sensor technology and electronics in compact, low cost microsystems. Functional gas sensitive materials and surfaces are developed for this purpose. Our spectroscopic systems for the detection and analyses of gases, liquids and solids use a number of different methods such as Raman or laser spectroscopy and Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR). In their work, our scientists rely on their extensive experience in exhaust gas, combustion gas and particle measuring technology. For measuring small temperature differentials or determining material parameters, such as thermal or electrical conductivity, we develop thermal sensors and systems made of various materials and on flexible substrates.

We offer the following services relating to gas and process technology

  • Development of components and custom systems including
    • Numerical simulation
    • Pilot run manufacturing
    • Technology transfer      
  • Support through commissioning, training and maintenance on site
  • Technology consultancy and feasibility studies
  • Contract measurements and material processing
    • Characterization of sensors and systems for gas measuring technology
    • Materials analysis and characterization
    • Coating and structuring in microsystem technology

News & Information

 

Press release / 21.9.2021

The search for plants’ sundial

How do plants perceive light? A team of researchers, led by Freiburg plant physiologist Prof. Dr. Andreas Hiltbrunner, are getting to the bottom of this question. Their most important tool for doing so is the measuring system Ratiospect 2.0 developed by Fraunhofer IPM – a highly accurate, specially adapted optical absorption spectrometer.

Trade Fairs and
Events 2022

 

LASER World of PHOTONICS

München, April 26 to 29

SENSOR+TEST

Nürnberg, May 10 to 12

ACHEMA

Frankfurt, August 22 to 26


 

EU-Eurostars-

Project »MEscal«

 

 

MEMS-based catalytical sensors for flammable gases

Together with partners from industry we develop an energy-efficient, low-cost and stable gas sensor for the qualitative detection of flammable gases such as methane or hydrogen.

Based on that low power and low-cost catalytic sensor, a gas detector system for mobile applications will be developed.

 

Fraunhofer Initiative »Lighthouse Projects«

Project
»Cognitive Agriculture«

Since November 2018, eight Fraunhofer Institutes have jointly been conducting research on technologies for the digitalization, automation, and electrification of agricultural processes. Fraunhofer IPM's task within this project is to develop robust 3D sensors, sensors for N2O based on laser spectroscopy, multispectral laser scanning methods and specific tools for data processing.

 

Horizon 2020 program of the European Union

Project »REDFINCH«

As part of the REDFINCH consortium, Fraunhofer IPM is working on the development of portable optical sensors for the chemical detection of gases and liquids since December 2017.

 

 

Fraunhofer Initiative »Lighthouse Projects«

Project »eHarsh«

Since June 2017, Fraunhofer IPM is partner in the project »eHarsh«. Together with seven other Fraunhofer Institutes, a technology platform for sensor systems is being created, which are particularly designed for use in extremely harsh environments.

 

Fraunhofer-MPG-Cooperation

Project »COSPA«

Comb Spectroscopy for Process Applications

The aim of COSPA is to make frequency comb technology usable for broadband molecular spectroscopy in process analytics.

 

 

Partners and Networks

  • AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement