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 is a new member of the Fraunhofer Network “Wasserstoff” (Hydrogen)

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has founded a hydrogen network - which now also includes the Fraunhofer IST, represented by Dr.-Ing. Marko Eichler. The aim of the network is developing hydrogen technologies to market maturity within a short period of time and therefore providing a contribution towards the energy revolution.
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Fraunhofer IST organizes the RSD in Germany for the first time

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.
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