Inorganic nanoparticles and nanocomposites
At the Fraunhofer Center for Applied Nanotechnology CAN in Hamburg, inorganic nanoparticle systems are being developed. We transfer research results into solution strategies for new or improved products, especially in the fields of functional materials (displays, LED and lighting, solar and fuel cells), life science (diagnostic tools, biomarkers) and home and personal care (additives for cosmetic products, detergents and specialty polymers as formulation aids).
Our main expertise lies in the production and characterization of materials in the form of inorganic nanoparticles and nanocomposites. Established particle systems include fluorescent, magnetic, electrically and thermally conductive, radiopaque, electrocatalytically active, metallic and ceramic nanoparticles.
CAN GmbH was founded in 2005 as a public private partnership between the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the University of Hamburg, and notable industrial enterprises, all of which had joined forces to form a support association. Members of the association included the companies Beiersdorf AG, Eppendorf AG, Merck KGaA, Bode Chemie GmbH and DESY, as well as the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and Hamburg Savings Bank. The nanoparticles of the CAN GmbH were sold internationally until December 31, 2017 under the brand name CANdot®. Since January 1, 2018, the Fraunhofer CAN is a research division of the Fraunhofer IAP.