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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.



Precisely fitting bone implants

Cancerous tumors, infections or bad fractures can make it necessary to surgically remove bones and insert implants in their place. In collaboration with European partners, Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a technique with which bone implants that are precisely fitting, stable and variable in dimensions can be 3D-printed from a special plastic.





New member of the management at the Fraunhofer IST

Fraunhofer and Technische Universität Braunschweig intensify their cooperation: Professor Dr. Christoph Herrmann, dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, accepts the offer of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Since 1st November 2018 he has been director at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST alongside with Professor Dr. Günter Bräuer.


Thin films from Braunschweig on the way to Mercury

Finally the time has come: On October 20, 2018 at 3:45 CEST, the European-Japanese BepiColombo mission for the study of Mercury will start - including thin films produced at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST.



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Trade fairs and events

Thementage Grenz- und Oberflächentechnik

Zeulenroda, March 12 – 14, 2019

The Fraunhofer IST is participating with a lecture about the pretreatment of optics and glasses by atmospheric pressure plasma.


Hannover Messe 2019

Hannover, April 1 – 5, 2019

The Fraunhofer IST will be represented in two halls: in hall 6 as part of the joint booth of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ”Digital Solutions & New Materials” and in the ”Research & Technology” hall 2.

SVC TechCon 2019

Long Beach, USA, April 27 – May 2, 2019

As part of the two-day technical exhibition and in addition to more than 150 other exhibitors, the Fraunhofer IST will present the latest results in the fields of HIPIMS technology, optical coatings and simulation.

RSD 2019

Braunschweig, December 5 – 6, 2019

For the first time the International Conference on Reactive Sputter Deposition RSD takes place at the Fraunhofer IST in Braunschweig.


Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST

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38108 Braunschweig

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44145 Dortmund