We examine metals, precious metals and coating systems, conduct damage analysis and analyze water and waste water

One of the traditional tasks of the fem is the analysis of metals, especially precious metals and their alloys. Beginning with decorative materials, technical applications became more and more important. Since more than 40 years the fem is also engaged in the field of environmental techniques and analyses. Facilities and equipment of the laboratory are state of the art. The fem is a successful participant of several round-robin tests in the field of materials and water analysis (AQS Baden-Württemberg). In 1999 the laboratory got the authorization to act as a testing laboratory for microbiological, physical, physical chemical and chemical tests of drinking water. In 2002 the fem achieved also the authorization to act as an expert laboratory in water management.

Research and Development

  • Antimicrobial surfaces
  • Precious metals colloids
  • Materials recycling
  • Control of residual soilings


  • Material testing and analysis
  • Precious and special metals analysis
  • Fineness tests
  • Examination of process solutions and electrolytes
  • Water and waste water analysis
  • Accredited according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 1702

Current Research Projects

The transfer of knowledge from research to industrial practice is all the more successful the earlier we cooperate with SMEs and large companies in our R&D work. This is why we are always on the lookout for companies to join the Project Support Committees (PA) of our new and ongoing IGF projects. If you are interested, please contact the respective contact person directly or use the contact form.

NEW: Processing of neodymium magnets from electric drives Summary (german)

NEW: Accelerated test of dynamic solar reverse osmosis Summary (german)

Approaches to establish a process chain for the recovery of neodymium and dysprosium from secondary materials Summary (german)

Low temperature sintering of printed conductive structures from precious metal nanoparticle inks Summary (german)

Recovery of neodymium magnets from computer hard disks and ferromagnetic fractions of mechanical scrap treatment Summary (german)




Dr. Martin Aschenbrenner
Head of Department
+49 7171 1006-200
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Harald Merz
Deputy Head of Department
+49 7171 1006-205

Equipment and Procedures

  • Metal determination (ICP-OES)
  • Optical glow discharge spectroscopy (GDOS)
  • X-ray fluorescence analysis (RFA)
  • Chromatography (HPLC, GC, GCMS)
  • Gas analysis (melt extraction)
  • IR-Spectroscopy
  • Particle Measurement (DLS)