At the site in Braunschweig the institute has an office and laboratory area of more than 4000 square meters. In addition, the Fraunhofer IST is at the Braunschweig Airport location, in collaboration with the Fraunhofer institutes IKTS and IFAM, a supporting pillar in the Fraunhofer Project Center for Energy Storage and Systems ZESS. During the transition phase, the employees have access to laboratory space in the Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen (NFF) and offices in the Lilienthalhaus at the Research Airport Braunschweig. Currently in planning is a new building, also at the Research Airport Braunschweig, into which the offices and laboratories will move. At the Wolfsburg location the Fraunhofer IST is a partner in the Fraunhofer Project Center together with the Fraunhofer Institutes IFAM, IWU and WKI. As part of the BMBF initiative “Open Hybrid LabFactory (OHLF) Research Campus” the project center is working on various topics relating to mobility.
The department Application Center for Plasma and Photonics of the Fraunhofer IST in Göttingen focusses on the research on new, application-oriented fields in the area of plasma technologies under atmospheric pressure, photonics and the development of tailor-made plasma in cooperation with the HAWK University of applied Sciences and Art. At Dortmunder OberflächenCentrum DOC ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe with its on-site partners Fraunhofer IST and Fraunhofer IWS develops industry-ready solutions in the field of surface engineering for flat steel products. Fraunhofer IST primarily offers coatings for the application of wear and temperature-resistant surfaces at the Dortmund location.