The Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST in Braunschweig is an innovative and internationally recognized partner for research and development in surface engineering. With our expertise in the associated product and production systems and with a staff of around 130, we harness the synergies of process, engineering and manufacturing technology.
Our employees deploy coating and surface technology as a game-changer in the development of future-oriented products and systems. Through modification, structuring and coating of the surface, we are able to realize the most diverse functions and functionalities. Our portfolio encompasses the development of prototypes as well as economic production scenarios and scaling to industrial dimensions - and all this in accordance with the principle of closed material and substance cycles.
Our interdisciplinary teams offer customers from industry and research tailored and sustainable solutions for their sectors, e.g. plant and mechanical engineering, tools, vehicle construction, aerospace, energy, optics, medical and pharmaceutical process engineering, environmental technology, chemistry, and the digital economy. Drawing on a broad spectrum of expertise, technologies, processes and coating materials, we design the optimum process chain for the task at hand - all the way to the factory.
Currently, our experts are focusing their application-development expertise on the following areas:
A broad spectrum of technologies is thereby applied for the coating, treatment and structuring of surfaces, including electrochemical processes / Galvanic 4.0, atmospheric-pressure and low-pressure plasma processes, chemical vapor deposition, atomic layer deposition (ALD) and plasma diffusion processes. Complementary competencies encompass sustainable factory systems, life cycle management, production engineering, simulation and digital services as well as analytics and testing technology.