Newsletter of the Fraunhofer IST


Dear reader,

We would like to use this newsletter to express our congratulations on three accounts: Dr. Marvin Omelan for the Doctoral Prize of the German Rubber Industry, Dr.-Ing. Sabrina Zellmer for the Manfred Hirschvogel Prize for her excellent doctorate, and Prof. Dr. Arno Kwade for the Lower Saxony Science Prize (Wissenschaftspreis Niedersachsen). We are also pleased to present a way towards the "green" battery.

In our reports from the world of research you can find out more about the MOCCA software developed at the Fraunhofer IST and about the texturing of tool surfaces and highly stressed components which enables the specific adjustment of the tribological contact. In a blog post we show you what flexible production systems for smart surfaces can look like.

We hope you enjoy reading this issue and wish you a wonderful Advent season and happy holidays. Have a happy and healthy New Year.

The editorial team



On the way towards the green battery

Worldwide, the topic of sustainability is currently the focus of a wide variety of development processes. The BMBF is funding three joint projects on the 'Sustainable Battery'.


Lower Saxony Science Award

We would like to congratulate Prof. Dr.-Ing. Arno Kwade, who has been presented with the Lower Saxony Science Award in the Research category. 


Manfred Hirschvogel Prize

Sabrina Zellmer has been awarded the Manfred Hirschvogel Prize for her research on customized structures made of nanoparticles.


Award from the Deutsche Kautschukindustrie

Dr. Marvin Omelan were honored for his doctorate in the field of applied polymer chemistry.


The texturing of tool surfaces and highly stressed components, which enables targeted adjustment of the tribological contact, improved process automation with the aid of the MOCCA software, and flexible production systems for smart surfaces are exciting research topics at the Fraunhofer IST. Find out more.


Textured tool surfaces


Process automation with MOCCA+®


Flexible production systems for smart surfaces

Trade fairs and events


13th AEPSE

Busan, Korea, February 07 - 11, 2022

The 13th AEPSE conference focusses on plasma physics, plamsa chemistry and their applications. It will also cover topics such as films and coatings, green energy and life science. Prof. Dr. Michael Thomas has been invited to give a lecture on ”Development and integration of microplasma sources in additive manufacturing processes – Application and Perspectives”.



Leuven / Belgium, April 04 - 06, 2022

The 29th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering (LCE2022) focuses on the latest developments and research results under the theme "Engineering Sustainability". The event is organized under the auspices of the International Academy of Production Engineering CIRP.


FAPC 2022

Wolfsburg, May 17 - 18, 2022

This year, the focus of the Future Automotive Production Conference lies on improving sustainability throughout the entire product life cycle in the automotive industry. The topics of the conference include AI, digital technologies, the use of additive manufacturing and bio-based materials.



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