Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST

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.




Scalable electrolyzers using innovative materials for hydrogen export to Germany

Shipping the sunshine – How can green hydrogen be transported cost-efficiently from Australia to Germany? This question is being addressed by the Fraunhofer IST in collaboration with German and Australian project partners. 


New professorship links Fraunhofer IST and TU Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sabrina Zellmer, Head of Department at the Fraunhofer IST, has taken on not one but two new functions simultaneously. In April, Prof. Zellmer was appointed Professor for Battery and Fuel-Cell Process Technology at the TU Braunschweig. In addition, she has held the position of Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer IST since 1st July 2023.


Establishment of a battery-recycling center for Li-ion batteries

A number of companies and research institutions from South-East Lower Saxony are, within a joint consortium, pooling their expertise along the battery-recycling chain and thereby driving forward the circular economy in Lower Saxony.


New address for the Fraunhofer IST due to renaming of the street

Information for visitors, customers and partners of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST: The street Bienroder Weg has been renamed Riedenkamp by the City of Braunschweig. As a result, our address at the institute will also be changing. From 13th June 2023, you will find the Fraunhofer IST at its familiar location but with the new address “Riedenkamp 2, 38108 Braunschweig”.


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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.

Trade fairs and events

Workshop Innovationstreiber Oberflächentechnologie

Von der Simulation zur Beschichtung

Kaiserslautern / November 28 - 29, 2023

Conference and technical exhibition

67th Annual SVC Technical Conference

Chicago / USA, May 4 - 9, 2024

The Fraunhofer IST is also participating in this year's program with various contributions.


Circularity Days 2024

Wolfsburg, May 15 - 16, 2024

This year, the focus is on the circular economy and sustainable materials. The Fraunhofer IST is scientific partner of the conference.

Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST

Main site Braunschweig

Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST

Riedenkamp 2
38108 Braunschweig | Germany

Phone: +49 531 2155-0


Cooperation with the Fraunhofer IST

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


Site BS-Airport

Fraunhofer Center for Energy Storage and Systems ZESS

c/o Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen (NFF)
Hermann-Blenk-Str. 42 
38108 Braunschweig | Germany


Site Wolfsburg

Fraunhofer Center Circular Economy for Mobility CCEM

c/o Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V.
Hermann-Münch-Str. 1
38440 Wolfsburg | Germany


Site Göttingen

Application Center for Plasma and Photonics

Von-Ossietzky-Str. 100
37085 Göttingen


Site Dortmund

Dortmunder OberflächenCentrum DOC

Eberhardstraße 12
44145 Dortmund