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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.



Laboratory in a bag

Human stem cells are considered a major new hope in the field of medicine. In the future, it is expected that they will make it possible to treat a wide range of ailments such as neurodegenerative diseases. With LabBag®, Fraunhofer researchers have developed an all-in-one system in the form of a transparent bag that provides a cheap, fast and sterile way for scientists to grow, differentiate and freeze stem cells. The cell models produced can be used for toxicity tests and drug development. 


Prof. Bräuer received the K-T Rie award

Prof. Dr. Günter Bräuer received the K-T Rie Award for his achievements in the field of applied plasma research at this year's Asian-European International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering (AEPSE), which took place in Jeju, Korea, from 11 to 15 September 2017. The award honors the scientific life of the promoted physicist.


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.



We will gladly inform you about the latest developments of the Fraunhofer IST in our

- Newsletter Fraunhofer IST

- Newsletter plasma lice comb

- Newsletter plasma medicine

Trade fairs and events

Hannover Messe 2018

Hannover, April 23 - 27, 2018

The Frauhofer IST presents itself at the Hannover Messe 2018 at a joint Fraunhofer booth and presnets the latest research results in the field of integrated sensors and process simulation.


San Diego, CA, USA, April 23 - 27, 2018

In his talk Holger Gerdes, longtime employee of the Fraunhofer IST, presents an alternative production method of DLC coatings – the combined HIPIMS-Arc deposition.

ILA 2018

Berlin, April 25 - 29, 2018 

At the International Aerospace Exhibition ILA in Berlin the Fraunhofer IST shows current development results in the field of coatings for space applications.


SVC TechCon 2018

Orlando, Florida, USA, May 5 - 10, 2018

The Fraunhofer IST will participate in the annual conference of the Society of Vacuum Coaters SVC in 2018 with numerous contributions.

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