“Cold” plasma technology has enormous potential when it comes to the resource-conserving creation of recyclable and future-oriented materials or products. With specific plasma discharges at atmospheric pressure, we are able to robustly equip sensitive raw materials whilst maintaining their recyclability, and to make natural materials usable within the context of a bioeconomic commercial orientation, e.g. for the construction sector. A different, genuine plasma process at the Application Center is vapor phase deposition for the coating of the surfaces of ultrafine particles. Currentgoals here are the realization of battery materials with long-term stability, or optimized lightweight-construction powders for 3D printing.
At the Application Center, we operate and develop an extensive range of “cold” plasma processes. The basis is formed by customized systems with respect to plasma generation, handling of the material to be treated, and the desired objective. Based on a deep understanding of the process combined with creativity and excellent networking with material suppliers, mechanical engineering specialists and research partners from diverse disciplines, we offer our partners and customers R&D services as well as technology transfer in the areas of systems engineering, production and quality assurance.
Our core competence lies in plant technology for so-called cold plasma spraying. The process is applied primarily for the metallization of thermally sensitive objects such as thin films. A further focus is directed at the development of products with integrated current conduction as well as sensors.
Nils Mainusch M.Sc. / Research associate
Application Center for Plasma and Photonics of the
Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST
Phone +49 551 3705-219