Cameca Quadrupol SIMS for secondary-ion mass spectrometry.
© Fraunhofer IST, Jan Benz
Cameca Quadrupol SIMS for secondary-ion mass spectrometry.

Film and surface analysis

At the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, we focus on film and surface analysis. Both are crucial for the development of coated products. Fraunhofer IST offers numerous processes and extensive expertise in the fields of film analysis and test engineering. We also conduct material tests on solid materials. With 3000 test orders since the year 2000 for over 500 different customers, Fraunhofer IST has a broad range of experience with solving industry-related problems such as:

  • Support in material and process development
  • Quality assurance in production
  • Defect analysis
  • Development of customer-specific test engineering


Surface and film analysis services

  • Advice on optimum analysis and test equipment
  • Contract work with the latest analysis and test equipment
  • Analysis of surfaces and films on technical objects such as components, tools and all kinds of articles of daily use
  • Fast processing, even within 24 hours
  • Documentation and electronic delivery of results
  • Processing by experienced employees
  • Utilisation of know-how from all Fraunhofer IST departments

Our references

BMW Group Continental Federal-Mogul Burscheid GmbH
Ford Forschungszentrum Aachen HAUZER Techno Coating H-O-T Härte- und Oberflächentechnik GmbH & Co. KG
ionbond Netherlands BV iwis motorsysteme GmbH & Co. KG
NXP Semiconductors
OC Oerlicon Balzers AG
pro-beam AG & Co. KG Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
Silgan White Cap Deutschland GmbH
Tajco Germany GmbH
ThyssenKrupp Bilstein GmbH WEFA Inotec GmbH