SmartMembranes was founded by Dr. Petra Goering and Monika Lelonek in Halle (Saale) on 20th July 2009. The company is the leading manufacturer of high-ordered porous materials from alumina and silicon with defined and adjustable membrane properties and structure parameters. SmartMembranes manufactures not only membranes on customers‘ request, we also develop new processes and products around our core business. We are a spin-off from the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials, hence we work closely with that research institute as well as with the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the Max-Planck Institute for Micro Structure Physics in Halle. The company is located at theTechnology and Founders' Centre in Halle (Saale).