Fraunhofer IST

Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST

The Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST in Braunschweig is an innovative partner for research and development in surface technology, with expertise in the associated product and production systems. The aim ist to develop customized and sustainable solutions together with customers from industry and research: from prototypes, through economic production scenarios, to upscaling to industrial magnitudes – and all this whilst maintaining closed material and substance cycles. In addition to application-oriented research and development, scientific principles are also researched within various collaborations with universities and research institutions.

Coating and surface technology is the key to innovative products and systems: Through modification, patterning and coating of the surface, a wide range of functions and functionalities can be realized. Friction reduction, abrasion and corrosion protection, sensor features or optical properties are just a few examples.

Available technologies for this purpose include among others:

electrochemical processes, in particular electroplating,

atmospheric pressure processes

low-pressure plasma processes with the main focus on magnetron sputtering, highly ionized plasmas and plasma-activated vapor deposition (PECVD) as well as

chemical vapor deposition with the main focus on hot-wire CVD.

One of the institute's particularly strong points is its ability to create the optimum process chain for the respective task on the basis of a broad spectrum of processes and coating materials. The Fraunhofer IST not only has excellent capabilities in surface analysis using the very latest equipment but has also accumulated extensive experience in the modeling and simulation of both product properties and the associated processes and production systems.

Hot wire CVD deposition.
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Hot wire CVD deposition.

Fraunhofer Institute for Surfaces Engineering and Thin Films IST

Bienroder Weg 54 e

38108 Braunschweig


Phone 0531 2155 0

Latest News


Fraunhofer IST becomes a member of the Fraunhofer Battery Alliance

The Fraunhofer Battery Alliance bundles the expertise of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in the field of electrochemical energy storage devices. Only recently, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, represented by the engineers Sabrina Zellmer and Stefan Blume, has also been a member.
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Kompetenzzentrum Tribologie and Fraunhofer IST agree on strategic partnership

On 10th July, the Hochschule Mannheim - University of Applied Sciences and the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST signed a cooperation agreement on the expansion of joint research activities in the field of tribology and surfaces. The Kompetenzzentrum Tribologie has been working closely with the Braunschweig institute since 2018 within the framework of the newly created DFG (German research foundation) priority program SPP2074 “Fluid-free lubrication systems”.
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Prof. Klages, longstanding employee at the Fraunhofer IST, is awarded the Rudolf Seeliger Prize

At this year’s 19th Fachtagung für Plasmatechnologie (plasma technology conference), which took place from 17th to 19th June in Cottbus, Prof. Dr. Claus-Peter Klages was awarded the Rudolf Seeliger Prize for his achievements in the field of plasma research.
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Model-based coating of 3D components

Optical functions – e. g. anti-reflective coatings or filters for specific spectral ranges – can be realized by means of interference coating systems. These systems deploy a sequence of high and low-refractive layers (e. g. Ta2O5 und SiO2) whose layer thicknesses are precalculated according to the desired optical function. At the Fraunhofer IST, such coating systems are produced by means of magnetron cathode sputtering; applications are optical components in the field of precision optics.
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