As an innovative and internationally recognized partner for research and development, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST develops future-oriented products – including the associated competitive and scalable production systems.
Our research encompasses plant engineering, entire process chains of process engineering, process technology and manufacturing technology all the way through to the consideration of entire factories. Taking the requirements of sustainability as a starting point, we maintain an overview of the entire product life cycle – from the material, through the process of creating the component and product, and on to recycling.
In interdisciplinary teams and based on our technology and competence fields, we offer our customers from industry and research tailored and sustainable solutions for various 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 respective task, right through to the digital design of the entire factory.
Currently, our experts are focusing their application-development expertise on the following areas:
The IST has accumulated expertise in diverse technologies for the coating, treatment and structuring of surfaces. These include electrochemical processes, in particular electroplating, atmospheric pressure processes, low-pressure plasma processes with the main focus on magnetron sputtering, highly ionized plasmas and plasma-activated vapor deposition (PECVD), chemical vapor deposition with the main focus on hot-wire CVD, atomic layer deposition (ALD) as well as chemical, mechanical and thermal surface treatment.
Furthermore, the Fraunhofer IST not only has excellent capabilities in surface analysis and quality assurance using the very latest equipment but has also accumulated extensive experience in the modeling and simulation of both product properties and the associated processes and production systems. Further competences include the design of sustainable production and factory systems as well as life-cycle engineering (life-cycle costing, life-cycle assessment).