Newsletter of the Fraunhofer IST


Dear reader,

As autumn draws in and the days gradually become shorter, this year’s third Newsletter provides you with new reading material concerning the Fraunhofer IST. Amongst other things, we report on the coating of the last of more than 2500 antennas for the space missions Sentinel-1 C and D, which has considerably influenced the daily working routine in the Fraunhofer IST galvanic department over the past 11 years.

You can look forward to two research reports as well as the third and final instalment of Professor Bräuer's answer to the question regarding the generation of vacuum. Furthermore, in the coming weeks, there will again be numerous opportunities for meeting the scientists from the Fraunhofer IST at trade fairs and conferences.

Here we are feverishly awaiting a “home game”: From 5th to 6th December, the International Conference on Reactive Sputter Deposition RSD will take place for the first time at the Fraunhofer IST in Braunschweig. We sincerely hope that we can fill you with enthusiasm for the interesting presentation program.

We hope you enjoy reading our Newsletter and send you our best wishes from Braunschweig.

The Editorial Team


Read here what has been going on recently at the Fraunhofer IST:


11 years of antenna coating at the Fraunhofer IST

On 3rd September, the time had finally come: After eleven years, Project Manager Torsten Hochsattel held in his hands the – for the time being – final antenna component for the Sentinel-1C and D missions to be coated by him and the galvanic team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST.


Fraunhofer IST becomes a member of the Fraunhofer Battery Alliance

The Fraunhofer Battery Alliance bundles the expertise of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in the field of electrochemical energy storage devices. Only recently, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, represented by the engineers Sabrina Zellmer and Stefan Blume, has also been a member.


Fraunhofer IST trainees deliver top performance

This year, a total of three Fraunhofer IST apprentices successfully completed their training. Two apprentices were even honored by the Braunschweig Chamber of Industry and Commerce for their particularly good performance in the final examinations. 


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


EPMA-Analysis of thin coatings

The chemical composition and thickness of thin coatings are often the most important parameters determining the function of a film. Quality assurance of these parameters is therefore essential, during both development and production.


Robust thermoresistive sensor technology for warm forming

In order to better understand tool-wear processes in warm forming, a forging die is coated with a thermoresistive and simultaneously wear-resistant thin-film system.



Dear Professor Bräuer, how is actually vacuum generated?

Part 3

Trade fairs and exhibitions

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


Dresden,  October 8 – 10, 2019

The Fraunhofer IST participates at this year's symposium on thin-film surface technology as part of the accompanying industrial exhibition and with three lectures.

Space Tech Expo Europe

Bremen, November 19 – 21, 2019

The Fraunhofer IST will be represented at the Space Tech Expo Europe as a part of a Fraunhofer joint booth presenting its activities in the field of aerospace. 






As a scientific partner, the Fraunhofer IST is involved in the following conferences:


International Battery Production Conference

Braunschweig, November 4 – 6, 2019

Here you find the conference program: Program IBPC 2019


Reactive Sputter Deposition RSD 2019

Braunschweig, December 5 – 6, 2019

For the first time the RSD takes place at the Fraunhofer IST. The deadline for abstract submission is November 1, 2019.




Int. Conf. on Coatings on Glass and Plastics

Braunschweig, March 23 – 26, 2020

Deadline for abstract submission is October 20, deadline for exhibitor registration is Dezember 15, 2019. 

Future Production of Hybrid Structures

Wolfsburg, May 27 – 28, 2020

The Call for Abstracts runs until December 1, 2019. 



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