International Conference on Reactive Sputter Deposition

Fraunhofer IST organizes the RSD in Germany for the first time

Fraunhofer IST / December 10, 2019

From 5th - 6th December 2019, the 18th International Conference on Reactive Sputter Deposition RSD took place in Braunschweig, Germany for the first time. Organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, the conference and accompanying exhibition provided an excellent platform for the around 100 participants from 22 countries to discuss the latest trends and their implementation in new technologies and innovative products.

© Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg
The RSD participants at the Fraunhofer IST in Braunschweig.
© Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg
Holger Gerdes (Chairman of the conference), Mayor Dr. Helmut Blöcker, Prof. Dr. Günter Bräuer (Chairman of the conference), and the initiator of the conference, Prof. Dr. Diederik Depla (from left to right) during the evening event in the Dornse of the historic Old Town Hall.

The RSD is not only a scientific conference which discusses reactive sputtering from the physical basics through to model-based simulation: it also addresses industrial implementation. This was impressively underlined by means of the invited presentations.

As an accompaniment to the conference, a short course was offered to interested parties on the preceding day, 4th December 2019, in which the participants were able to obtain background information on sputtering technology. The exhibition accompanying the conference, with ten stands from international companies presenting their latest developments and products, provided a further opportunity for the exchange of knowledge.

Furthermore, the conference dinner formed an important integral part of the program. Dr. Blöcker, Mayor of the City of Braunschweig, welcomed the international audience in the Dornse hall of the historic Old Town Hall. In his speech, Dr. Blöcker also emphasized that Braunschweig is characterized by the highest density of scientists in Germany and is therefore an excellent location for hosting such an international, scientific conference.