Coatings and surface technologies for sustainable products and production systems

Fraunhofer IST stands for excellence in surface technology providing expertise in the associated product and production systems. Through modification, structuring and coating of the surface the most diverse functions and functionalities – and therefore future-oriented products and systems – are realized. In collaboration with customers from industry and research, we develop tailor-made and sustainable solutions: from prototypes, through economical production scenarios, and on to scaling-up to an industrial dimensions – also taking into account closed material and substance cycles. Our key strength: We design the optimum process chains for your task on the basis of a broad spectrum of processes and coating materials.




Pollutant reduction without the addition of chemicals

Disinfection and the reduction of pollutants in water and on surfaces play an important role in many areas of application. The addition of chemicals should, however, be avoided as extensively as possible in all these applications. This can be made possible through, e.g., treatment with electrochemically produced ozonated water, a process which the Fraunhofer IST has been researching and developing for many years now.


Optimum temperatures in plastic injection molding

In order to optimize the design and monitoring of mold temperature control, the real temperatures, pressures and flow rates must be continuously recorded during the injection-molding process. For this purpose, a sensor system is being developed at the Fraunhofer IST with which, for the first time, the temperature can be measured directly inside the three-dimensional temperature-control channels.


Thin-film sensors in high-load zones of tools and components

With the wear-resistant thin-film sensors developed at the Fraunhofer IST and adapted to the respective application, measurements og e.g.  force or pressure can also be undertaken in areas which were previously difficult to access. For the first time, the researchers have succeeded in carrying out a spatially resolved temperature measurement in rolling contacts subjected to mixed friction.


3D-printed sodium-ion batteries

Green batteries produced by 3D printers? While this may sound futuristic at first glance, it is nevertheless the objective of the project “Sustainable, flexible additive-manufacturing technologies for solid-state sodium-ion batterie”, in which the Fraunhofer IST is involved. The company Blackstone Technology GmbH, which is managing the project, plans to launch 3D-printed solid-state sodium-ion batteries on the market as early as the beginning of 2025.


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Trade fairs and events

Hannover Messe 2022

Hannover, May 30 – June 2, 2022

The Fraunhofer IST is presenting several exhibits from the field of thin-film sensor technology at this year's Hannover Messe as part of the Fraunhofer Adaproik Alliance.

IFAT 2022

München, May 30 – June 3, 2022

The Fraunhofer IST in collaboration with the Fraunhofer IOSB will present a diamond electrode-based system for the production of ozonized water. 

LightCon 2022

Hannover, June 1 – 2, 2022

To launch the conference, Prof. Christoph Herrmann will speak about “Life Cycle Engineering for lightweight structures in mobility applications“ in his keynote lecture.

ILA 2022

Berlin, June 22 – 26, 2022

The Fraunhofer IST is participating at this year's International Aerospace Exhibition ILA as part and will present a.o. additively manufactured components made of plastic for space applications.


Sustainable development at the Fraunhofer IST

The Fraunhofer IST has also anchored sustainability in its mission statement. For the work at the institute, objectives 3, 6, 7, 9 and 12 are particularly relevant.

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We offer various possibilities for collaborative work. Please feel free to contact us.

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Fraunhofer Project Center for Energy Storage and Systems ZESS

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Fraunhofer Project Center Wolfsburg: Lightweight Construction and Electromobility

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38440 Wolfsburg

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Application Center for Plasma and Photonics

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