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Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST

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As an industry oriented R&D service center, the Fraunhofer IST is pooling competencies in the areas film deposition, coating application, film characterization, and surface analysis. Scientists, engineers, and technicians are busily working to provide various types of surfaces with new or improved functions and, as a result, help create innovative marketable products. The institute’s business segments are: mechanical and automotive engineering, aerospace, tools, energy, glass and facade, optics, information and communication, life science and ecology.

Fraunhofer Institute for Surfaces Engineering and Thin Films IST

Bienroder Weg 54 e

38108 Braunschweig


Phone 0531 2155 0

Latest News


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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Winning team from “Hacking Engineering” chooses Fraunhofer IST technology

The “Hacking Engineering” Hackathon is a new format which was initiated by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the VDMA, Europe’s largest industry association for mechanical engineering, and which took place in Berlin from 17th to 19th May 2019. The idea is to bring together companies from the fields of mechanical engineering and systems engineering with startups from research and interested students in order to collaboratively develop innovative future-oriented technologies. The teams of participants had 48 hours in which to solve one of four specified challenges. One of the winning teams chose for its solution the multifunctional thin-film sensor system developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST – and thereby won “Kill the valve”.
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