Advanced Materials, Electro-Optics & Sensors

The University of Dayton School of Engineering and the Fraunhofer Institute of Non-Destructive Testing in Dresden, Germany, collaborate to develop advanced transportation systems such as electric cars, high-speed trains and composite airplanes and to maintain production of critical aerospace parts with the highest levels of safety and reliability. The team's research focuses on advanced materials, electro-optics and sensors as they relate to materials fracture, fatigue and failure. Projects include:

  • Using acoustic waves, electromagnetic currents and sensors to detect depth of carbon penetration in bearings for Timken Company, Canton, Ohio;
  • Inspecting titanium components for the newest Boeing and Airbus planes;
  • Developing two commercially available instruments that detect stress in silicon wafers used in electronics.

International Research Expertise

The UD-Fraunhofer Joint Research Center benefits from the expertise of U.S. and German participants who innovate solutions to technical challenges that transcend disciplinary boundaries. Their goals are to disseminate their scientific findings and educate future generations of engineers and scientists with a global perspective.

UD-Fraunhofer is a conduit to EU and U.S. government and private funding opportunities through basic and applied research, product development and marketing, and supporting technology spin-offs. The Center also serves as a bridge for the transatlantic scientific communities through student and scholar exchange, organizing seminars and workshops and supporting undergraduate and graduate students in their international education and training.


UD-Fraunhofer Center, Dr. Qiwen Zhan, Managing Director

Fitz Hall 572 B 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2951