Facing the crisis together.

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Sustainable development at the Fraunhofer IST

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Fraunhofer Project Center for Energy Storage and Systems ZESS

The Fraunhofer IST bundles its expertise in the field of energy storage in mutual collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institutes IKTS and IFAM.

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Our services

The Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST in Braunschweig is an innovative partner for research and development in surface technology, with expertise in the associated product and production systems.



Hard-magnetic coatings for high-precision microscopy

Special microscopes, which enable scientists to view minute cell structures, are an indispensable tool in the development of vaccines and new therapies. Such equipment comprises not only a microscope with high optical resolution but also a high-precision microscope stage. 


Plasma treatment reduces migration of plasticizers from blood bags

Medical products such as blood bags and tubing are often made from soft PVC, a plastic that contains phthalate plasticizers, which are suspected to be harmful to human health. A new method developed at the Fraunhofer IST prevents these harmful substances from migrating into the surrounding media.


Flexible and individual: Fraunhofer team develops groundbreaking vehicle concept

In a team with five other Fraunhofer Institutes, the Fraunhofer IST has developed the vehicle concept “Vision PI” that can be flexibly and individually designed and adapted depending on the application.


Facing the crisis together: Ideas and solution approaches

The Fraunhofer IST is contributing towards combating the corona pandemic by means of numerous projects, some of which are funded via the central action program of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, “Fraunhofer vs. Corona”.


Position paper on the future of automotive production

How will the German automobile industry have to change in the face of digitalization, new markets, philosophies, and technologies? In its whitepaper, the Fraunhofer AutoMOBILE Production Alliance proposes some options and a concrete solution space. 



We will gladly send you the annual report of the Fraunhofer IST in digital form and inform you about our latest developments of the Fraunhofer IST.

Trade fairs and events

SVC Webinar 2.0

Online / January 20 – 22, 2021

At the 96th IUVSTA Workshop, Dr. Ralf Bandorf, presents his results and experience on “Reactive HIPIMS for Industrial Processes“.

HIPIMS Conference

Sheffield / UK, March 16 – 17, 2021

The Intern. Conference on Fundamentals and Industrial applications of HIPIMS will take place for the 11th time. The Fraunhofer IST is involved as part of the organizational team.

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.

Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST

Main site Braunschweig

Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST

Bienroder Weg 54 e
38108 Braunschweig | Germany

Phone: +49 531 2155 0
mailto: info@ist.fraunhofer.de

Site BS-Airport

Fraunhofer Project Center for Energy Storage and Systems ZESS

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

Site Wolfsburg

Fraunhofer Project Center Wolfsburg: Lightweight Construction and Electromobility

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

Site Göttingen

Application Center for Plasma and Photonics

Von-Ossietzky-Str. 100
37085 Göttingen


Site Dortmund

Dortmunder OberflächenCentrum DOC

Eberhardstraße 12
44145 Dortmund