Newsletter of the Fraunhofer IST


Dear readers,

The developments surrounding the coronavirus pandemic are currently keeping all of us in suspense, leading to substantial restrictions in all aspects of daily life. Our physical contacts are restricted, trade fairs such as the Hannover Messe have been canceled and the International Conference on Coatings on Glass and Plastics ICCG13 as well could not take place as planned. Even more so, we are pleased to inform you about our current projects and research results, even in this unusual situation.

Our first newsletter in 2020 is supposed to give you an insight into the events of the last months and to also provide a preview of what is to come. Learn how the EU project “SafeWaterAfrica“ has further developed and which of the 17 sustainable development goals devised by the United Nations are of special importance for the work of the Fraunhofer IST.

We hope you enjoy reading this newsletter and wish you happy Easter holidays. And most importantly: Please stay healthy.


The editorial team


Find out what has been of particular interest to the Fraunhofer IST lately:


Safe water “Made in Africa”

More than 100 million people in Southern Africa still have no access to clean water. Especially in rural areas, many streams, lakes or other natural sources are heavily polluted. Together with nine other European and African partners, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST has developed a decentralized water-purification system in order to change this.


Documentary on the “SafeWaterAfrica“ project

How can you make water for domestic use germ-free and drinkable in remote regions of Africa – in a sustainable and affordable way? This is what a FUTURIS report by the TV channel euronews is about. The film documents how the pilot project ”SafeWaterAfrica” manages to bring clean water to remote places in Africa.


Fraunhofer Network Hydrogen

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has founded a hydrogen network - which now also includes the Fraunhofer IST. The aim of the network is developing hydrogen technologies to market maturity within a short period of time and therefore providing a contribution towards the energy revolution.


Our annual report 2019 will be published soon, containing a collection of articles from all business fields of the Fraunhofer IST. Here you can read a selection of research reports in advance:


Optimized cleaning chain

During the production of cutting tools, state of the surface and edge-layer arise which require the most efficient cleaning procedure possible in order to allow the subsequent coating. The Fraunhofer IST was involved in the development and evaluation of an alternative cleaning process chain.






Particles in coating processes

In order to better comprehend the behavior of dust particles in coating processes, the Fraunhofer IST had developed a program which is capable of simulating the movement and charging of dust particles, resulting in the simulation software PALADIN – Plasma Lattice Dust Integrator.


Fields of application for atomic layer deposition

The Fraunhofer IST has long been successfully developing ALD processes with which such coatings can be produced. In a joint project the Fraunhofer IST has, amongst other things, utilized atomic layer deposition to selectively functionalize battery materials.

Sustainable development at the Fraunhofer IST

Sustainability is perhaps the most important societal guiding principle of our time. Across the globe, sustainable development processes occupy first place on the agenda. In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - an important milestone in sustainability policy. The Fraunhofer IST has also anchored sustainability in its mission statement. For the work at the institute, objectives 3, 6, 7, 9 and 12 are particularly relevant; in this context, selected activities at the Fraunhofer IST are presented below. Furthermore, projects and developments are constantly being addressed at the institute which support further or other goals.

Trade fairs and conferences

In the coming months, the Fraunhofer IST will take part in the following events as a scientific partner or as an exhibitor:

FPHS 2020

Wolfsburg, May 27 – 28, 2020

As a scientific partner, the Fraunhofer IST is involved in the Conference on Future Production of Hybrid Structures.

IFAT 2020

Munich, September 7 – 11, 2020

At IFAT, the Fraunhofer Water Systems Alliance (SysWasser) and its partner institutes are presenting their activities in South Africa.

IBPC 2020

Braunschweig, November 2 – 4, 2020

The call for abstracts for the International Battery Production Conference has just opened. Submit you proposal until June 30th.




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