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 dimensions – 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.




Award from the Deutsche Kautschukindustrie

Within the framework of this year’s general meeting, the Arbeitgeberverband der Deutschen Kautschukindustrie (ADK – employers’ association of the German rubber industry) honored Dr. Marvin Omelan as one of the best graduates of the year for his doctorate in the field of applied polymer chemistry at Leibniz University Hannover


Fraunhofer Group for Production

The Fraunhofer Group for Production bundles the know-how of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for the ”production of the future”. The Fraunhofer IST has recently joined. Together with 10 other institutes and facilities we offer innovative system solutions along the entire value chain for German and international companies.


SafeWaterAfrica: Sustainable, profitable and now also award-winning

The SafeWaterAfrica project not only improves drinking-water supplies in South Africa and Mozambique and protects the environment. The technologies for water treatment are the responsibility of first and foremost African companies. The project under the leadership of the Fraunhofer IST has now been awarded the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution label.


Patient room of the future comes to Braunschweig

A demonstrator of the patient room of the future, which is being built on an open area of the Braunschweig Municipal Hospital, is to become an application-oriented research and study laboratory. 


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Trade fairs and events

13th AEPSE

Busan/Korea, online, February 7 – 11, 2022

Prof. Dr. Michael Thomas will give a lecture on ”Development and integration of microplasma sources in AM processes” at the AEPSE.

29. Conference on Life Cycle Engineering

Leuven/Belgien, April 4 – 6, 2022

CIRP LCE 2022 will focus on the latest developments and research results under the main theme of ”Engineering Sustainability”. 



Wolfsburg, May 17 – 18, 2022


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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.

Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST


Cooperation with the Fraunhofer IST

We offer various possibilities for collaborative work. Please feel free to contact us.

Main site Braunschweig

Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST

Bienroder Weg 54 e
38108 Braunschweig | Germany

Phone: +49 531 2155-0

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

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