Head of Department for Functional Materials
Fraunhofer-Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA
Ivica Kolaric works as Head of department for “Functional Materials” at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart, Germany and Co-Director Fraunhofer Project Center for Electroactive Polymer AIST, Kansai (Japan).
After his graduation at the University of Applied Sciences in Esslingen in the field of mechatronics, he gained his first work experience in an automotive environment before joining the Fraunhofer- TEG as a research assistant. In his first years at Fraunhofer, he has been working in the field of construction and methodical test planning as well as the execution. In the field of nano scaled carbon such as CNT and Graphene Mr. Kolaric has done important pioneering work and opened up this future technology for the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.
In 2002, Mr. Kolaric, has taken over the group and expanded it to a new department, which has been integrated into the Fraunhofer IPA in 2008. In the same year, he has started work on the hot topic “graphene”. To this day, the department “Functional Materials” from Mr. Kolaric is one of the biggest group’s worldwide dealing with the application-oriented research of nano scaled carbon.
Currently Mr. Kolaric’s focus on nano enhanced energy storages systems, advanced printed technologies for human machine interfaces and material compositions for future the transportation industry. To complete his competence in production technology Mr. Kolaric, is currently a Master Student in Logistics at the University of Stuttgart too.