Approximately 500 scientists carry out research and development work at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) within its departments energetic materials, energetic systems, applied electrochemistry, polymer engineering, and environmental engineering. Especially the environmental engineering department tries to contribute to a sustainable development in an ecologically and economically-viable way. Therefore the development of environmentally friendly synthesis, production and recycling processes is pushed in the research areas reaction and separation techniques, polymers and additives, recycling and waste management, environmental simulation and product qualification, and sustainable raw materials. The resulting knowledge and developments are applied in the four business areas defence and security, air and space travel, automotive and transport industry, chemistry and process engineering, and energy and environment. Developments are followed through from the initial concept via basic research to applied research and the realisation of customer-specific, pilot-level applications. The institute’s expertise covers conception and design, product development, processing technology, material development and characterisation, and quality assurance.