Newsletter of the Fraunhofer IST


Dear reader,

We are delighted to once again provide you with information concerning current events and exciting results from the Fraunhofer IST. Particular highlights certainly included the appointment of Dr. Michael Thomas as Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the TU Braunschweig, and the landing of the Mars Rover “Perseverance”, in which an optical interference filter is installed which was developed and manufactured at our institute.

You can look forward to three reports from research: We present a new evaluation method which enables the automation of the Rockwell adhesion test. We reveal which UV bandpass filters from our institute will be on board the “Sunrise III” mission next year during its quest to study the sun. And we report on our newly developed measurement methods for the assessment of materials and film systems for application in hydrogen technology, the result of a collaboration with the IOT of the TU Braunschweig.

We sincerely hope that you will enjoy reading this issue.

The Editorial Team



Dr. Michael Thomas becomes Honorary Professor at the TU Braunschweig

Dr. Michael Thomas was appointed Honorary Professor for the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technische Universität Braunschweig on 14 April 2021. With this appointment, the faculty honors his commitment as an adjunct professor for master's lectures in the field of surface engineering.


Robust and application-oriented: A new industrial standard

Everything spotless – almost without cleaning! Particularly in the sanitary area, self-cleaning ceramics and tiles or glass for shower cubicles can not only make everyday tasks much easier but also prolong the service life of the products. In cooperation with partners from industry and research the Fraunhofer IST has developed a new industrial standard for characterizing the photocatalytic activity of surfaces.


Technology from the Braunschweig Fraunhofer Institute lands on Mars

In the new Mars Rover “Perseverance”, an optical interference filter from the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films, in short Fraunhofer IST, has been installed. It assists NASA's Rover in the investigation of the dust in the planet's atmosphere - and it does so under the most extreme conditions.


State promotes triple project launch at Wasserstoffcampus Salzgitter

At the new Wasserstoffcampus Salzgitter, three projects on the use of hydrogen are being launched simultaneously. Lower Saxony is supporting the projects with a total of 4.7 million euros from the State's structural assistance program for Salzgitter. 


Look forward to two exciting articles concerning new results from the diverse research work carried out at the Fraunhofer IST.


Measurement methods for the evaluation of materials for hydrogen technologies

In collaboration with the Institute for Surface Technology (IOT) at the TU Braunschweig the Fraunhofer IST has developed suitable measurement procedures for the assessment of differing materials and surface treatments.


UV bandpass filter for sun observation

In  June 2022, the balloon-borne solar observatory “Sunrise III” is scheduled to begin its journey. The aim of the mission is to investigate the magnetic fields and convective plasma flows of the lower solar atmosphere. On board are bandpass filters developed and manufactured at the Fraunhofer IST; their task is to restrict the wavelength range on the detectors to the wavelengths which are to be investigated and to block higher orders.


Automation of the Rockwell adhesion test

The coating adhesion of hard coatings is a major quality criterion for the functional reliability of a coated component. In cooperation with industrial partners, a new evaluation procedure based on machine learning has been developed at the Fraunhofer institutes IST and ITWM which enables the automation of the evaluation of the coating adhesion by the Rockwell indentation test. 

Trade fairs and events


SVC TechCon 2021

Online, May 3 – 7, 2021

This year, Dr. Ralf Bandorf is again participating in SVC TechCon with a presentation on “Direct metallization of plastics using HIPIMS“, this time in a virtual format.  


HIPIMS Conference

Online, June 14 – 18, 2021

The Intern. Conference on Fundamentals and Industrial applications of HIPIMS will take place for the 11th time. The Fraunhofer IST is involved as scientific partner of the conference and complements the scientific program with two lectures.


IBPC 2021

Braunschweig, November 1 – 3, 2021

The call for abstract for the IBPC in 2021 has opened. Contribute to the conference and submit you proposal for a presentation or a poster until May 31st, 2021.



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