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Defect-free coatings for silicon spheres

The prototype kilogram – to which all scales are calibrated to – is losing weight. International efforts are striving to redefine the base unit for measuring mass and, in future, redefine the kilogram on natural constants. For this purpose, the Avogadro experiment determines the number of atoms in almost perfect silicon spheres. Fraunhofer researchers have recently succeeded in homogeneously coating the spherical surfaces.


Biotechnica 2017: Atmospheric pressure plasma processes

Cost-effective plastics are used for many medical disposable products. Atmospheric pressure plasma processes such as those used and developed at the Fraunhofer IST offer a variety of possibilities for changing the physical or chemical characteristics of surfaces so that they can be used for biomedical applications.


Biotechnica 2017: New paths in regenerative medicine

3D-printed biocompatible support structures known as scaffolds play an important role in the field of regenerative medicine. Together with seven project partners, the Fraunhofer IST is currently working on an advance in 3D printing that will allow for greater time and cost efficiency in producing the scaffolds while at the same time functionalizing them through atmospheric pressure plasma processes.


Hannover Messe 2017: Cold plasma spraying

Microparticles and nanoparticles form the basis of many innovative applications and technologies, including what is known as cold plasma spraying, due to their large specific surface. What makes the innovative process developed at the Fraunhofer IST special is that a broad range of different materials can be treated and a variety of layer functions can be realized at the same time.

Trade fairs and events


Parts2Clean 2017

Stuttgart, October 24 - 26, 2017

The Frauhofer IST presents itself at the Parts2Clean 2017 at a joint Fraunhofer booth as a member of the Fraunhofer Cleaning Technology Alliance.


Additive Manufacturing meets Surface Technology

Braunschweig, November 29 - 30, 2017

In various talks and workshops the interaction between this two technologies will be discussed and explained.

Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST

Site Braunschweig

Bienroder Weg 54 e
38108 Braunschweig

Telefon 0531 2155 0


Site Göttingen

Application Center for Plasma and Photonics

Von-Ossietzky-Str. 100
37085 Göttingen


Site Dortmund

Dortmunder OberflächenCentrum DOC

Eberhardstraße 12
44145 Dortmund