Expertise »Gas and Process Technology«

Your partner in terms of gas and process measurement technique

Fraunhofer IPM has been developing optical and sensory measurement systems for gas and process technology for more than 30 years. The institute's repertoire encompasses all common methods of gas analysis. In spectroscopy, we cover the whole range of spectroscopic methods with a strong focus on laser spectroscopy, especially in the infrared spectral range. For spectroscopic applications, we develop customized light sources and detectors based on optical non-linear processes.

Energy efficient, miniaturized gas sensors and sensor systems, manufactured by applying state-of-the-art processes of thin-film and thick-film technologies, are another research focus. It is precisely these technologies that we also rely on in the development and manufacturing of measurement probes for thermal process and materials characterization.

The simulation of physical processes and the evaluation of measurement data play an increasingly important role in system development. We draw on many years of experience in the field of optical and thermal simulations as well as chemometric evaluation methods.




We use the entire range of spectroscopic methods to develop customized measurement systems.


Sensor technology


We use established and innovative techniques for measuring and analyzing gases, liquids and solids.


Light sources and


Demanding measuring tasks in gas and process technology require efficient, tailor-made components. We develop light sources and detectors for spectroscopy systems, each meeting specific requirements.


Caloric systems


Climate-friendly cooling systems without harmful refrigerants: we develop efficient caloric heat pumps and cooling systems as an alternative to compressor technology.


Heat pipes and Peltier modules


We develop heat pipes according to customer requirements. For specific applications we develop, build and characterize Peltier-based systems.


Thermoelectric modules and systems


We produce customized modules for efficient waste heat utilization and Peltier cooling. With our partially automated module production line, we can also offer production in smaller batches.


Measurement technology for structural and materials analysis


We serve the entire process chain for the analysis of thermal, electrical and structural properties of materials and components – investigating conventional as well as functional materials.


Particle separation


A plasma separator developed by Fraunhofer IPM filters 99 percent of even ultrafine particles from the combustion air of, e.g., pellet stoves.


Simulation and


Fraunhofer IPM has many years of experience in the multivariate analysis of large amounts of data and develops mathematical models to determine the state of the product and to set process parameters, for example in quality control.