Fraunhofer IST

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


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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