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The Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST is your competent partner in the areas of surface treatment and modification, production and application of coatings, film characterization and surface analysis.



Science Campus at the Fraunhofer IST

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Science Campus being held from September 24th to 26th at four Fraunhofer Institutes in Braunschweig and Hanover hopes to attract female students and graduates in the STEM subjects to work in applied research. 


Clean through solar power

In combination with the right materials, sunbeams can clean building facades and decompose pollutants from the air or in the water. In practice, though, the effectiveness of the ”miracle cure” fluctuates greatly, depending on the material used and the environmental factors. A new measuring device is now intended to determine the photocatalytic effectiveness of surfaces more accurately and quickly, thereby increasing efficiency.






Collaboration with Feng Chia Universtity in Taiwan

On June 1st, 2018 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed that sealed the partnership between Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST and Feng Chia University, that had already existed since 2014.



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Trade fairs and events

function meets glass

Düsseldorf, October 22 – 23, 2018

A lecture on “Functional thin film coatings on glass“ by the Fraunhofer IST supplements the program of the International Conference which takes place during glasstec.



Stuttgart, October 23 – 25, 2018

The possibilities of tailored plasma sources for the ultrafine cleaning and activation of polymers for automotive applications are the topic of the Fraunhofer IST within the lecture program at the parts2clean.


Industrial Working Group Tool Coatings

Braunschweig, November 8, 2018

The 39th meeting of the Industrial Working Group “Tool Coatings and Cutting Materials“ will take place again at the Fraunhofer IST.

Nano Conference 2018

Dortmund, November 21 – 22, 2018

The Fraunhofer IST contributes at the conference with a lecure on “Nanostructured multiphase coatings for wear reduction under thermal load conditions“ and two poster presentations.


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