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 dimension – 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.




Integrative Nanotech: A new Fraunhofer spin-off

Integrative Nanotech, a dynamic spin-off from the renowned Fraunhofer IST, has joined forces with its parent institution to revolutionize hydrogen leak detection. This strategic partnership will significantly accelerate the development of next-generation hydrogen leak detection systems and prove their production methods on industrial-scale production systems. The collaboration aims to propel the hydrogen-powered transportation sector into a safer and more efficient future.


Two SVC Distinguished Presenter Awards for representatives of the Fraunhofer IST

Within the framework of this year’s conference of the Society of Vacuum Coaters, the two long-standing employees of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, Dr. Ralf Bandorf and Dr. Volker Sittinger, were honored with the “Distinguished Presenter Award”, which was conferred for the very first time. 


"Sustainability as the Success Factor in Industries"

How can small and medium-sized companies efficiently develop and implement a sustainability strategy? What opportunities, challenges and risks are associated with this? Our experts will answer these and other questions in the next round of the online dialog format "TransferTalk" on 13 May 2024.


Pressure and temperature measurement in rolling contacts

The measurement of pressure and temperature plays a crucial role in various technical applications from rolling bearings to gears and seals. At the Hannover Messe from April 22 – 26, 2024, the Fraunhofer IST will be presenting a newly developed thin-film multi-sensor that enables pressure and temperature measurements even under mixed friction and high loads.


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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


Surface Technology GERMANY

Stuttgart, June 4 - 6, 2024

Rowena Duckstein and Prof. Stephan Krinke will participate giving lectures.


Sputtering for Precision Optics II

Alzenau, June 11 - 12, 2024

The workshop will highlight current developments and trends in optical systems and applications.

Conference and technical exhibition

International Conference on Coatings on Glass and Plastics

Dresden, June 24 - 26, 2024


Holger Gerdes will give a lecture on “Digital Transformation in Thin Film Deposition”.

Seminars and workshops

»Fraunhofer Photonica« Summer School

Braunschweig / Jena / Dresden / Berlin,

September 15 - 21, 2024

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