Newsletter of the Fraunhofer IST


Dear Readers,

Christmas is coming, and hopefully a more relaxing time for you. Today we will inform you for the last time this year about selected topics, events and current results from the Fraunhofer IST. The most important event was certainly the appointment of Prof. Dr. Christoph Herrmann into the management of the IST. The “answers” column deals again with the topic “vacuum”, Prof. Dr. Günter Bräuer explains how this is generated.

We hope you enjoy reading.We wish you happy holidays and a good start into the New Year. We look forward to providing you with exciting news from the Fraunhofer IST also in 2019.

The Editorial Team

From the management of the Fraunhofer IST

Dear Readers,

The year 2018 was exciting for the Fraunhofer IST in many ways: interesting projects and research results, intensive cooperations and several events, conferences and trade fairs have accompanied the institute's everyday life. The process to regulate the succession of the institute´s management was initiated in spring and has already achieved initial results: Now we can prepare the institute´s path into the future together, with two directors and one deputy. We are looking forward to it.

At the end of the year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who accompanied Fraunhofer IST with their hard work, their commitment, their trust and their support in 2018: above all the staff of the institute, our research partners, the clients from the industry, our sponsors, colleagues and friends. Thank you for a trusting cooperation.

We also thank you, dear reader, for your interest in our institute and we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Günter Bräuer, Christoph Herrmann and Lothar Schäfer


New member of the management

Professor Dr. Christoph Herrmann has been director at the Fraunhofer IST alongside with Professor Dr. Günter Bräuer since 1st November 2018.


Cooperation is picking up speed

On 16 November 2018, the Feng Chia University and the Fraunhofer IST opened jointly the Institute of Plasma (IoP) in Taichung in Taiwan.


We present three exciting articles concerning new results from the diverse research work carried out at the Fraunhofer IST:


Precisely fitting bone implants

Cancerous tumors, infections or bad fractures can make it necessary to surgically remove bones and insert implants in their place. In collaboration with European partners, Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a technique with which bone implants that are precisely fitting, stable and variable in dimensions can be 3D-printed from a special plastic.





Thin films from Braunschweig on the way to Mercury

On October 20, 2018 at 3:45 CEST, the European-Japanese BepiColombo mission for the study of Mercury started - including thin films produced at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST.


Depth profile analysis on curved surfaces with SIMS

Quantifying the depth profiles of thin films is challenging because of so called matrix effects. Furthermore, curved surfaces of technical samples pose a particular challenge since they can falsify the results.



Dear Professor Bräuer, how is actually vacuum generated?

Trade fairs and exhibitions

In the coming months the Fraunhofer IST will be active at the following trade shows, conventions, and events:

Hannover Messe 2019

Hannover, April 1 – 5, 2019

The Fraunhofer IST will be represented in two halls: in hall 6 as part of the joint booth of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ”Digital Solutions & New Materials” and in the ”Research & Technology” hall 2.

SVC TechCon 2019

Long Beach, USA, April 27 – May 2, 2019

As part of the two-day technical exhibition and in addition to more than 150 other exhibitors, the Fraunhofer IST will present the latest results in the fields of HIPIMS technology, optical coatings and simulation.



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