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  • Drinking-water treatment project coordinated by Fraunhofer IST receives Solar Impulse Efficient Solution label / 2021

    SafeWaterAfrica: Sustainable, profitable and now also award-winning

    Press release / June 25, 2021

    SafeWaterAfrica ist part of the #1000solutions to change the world.
    © SolarImpulse Foundation

    The SafeWaterAfrica project not only improves drinking-water supplies in South Africa and Mozambique and protects the environment: The technologies for water treatment are the responsibility of first and foremost African companies, which strengthen the economy and employment in these countries. For this both ecological and economic success, the project under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST in Braunschweig has been awarded the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution label.

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  • Cooperation between TU Braunschweig, Fraunhofer IST and Municipal Hospital / 2021

    The patient room of the future comes to Braunschweig

    Joint press release by TU Braunschweig, Fraunhofer IST and Braunschweig Municipal Hospital  / June 15, 2021

    Through adaptation of the spatial conditions and the integration of two wet cells, infection prevention in a two-bed room can be significantly improved. This was realized in the TU Braunschweig research project KARMIN.
    © TU Braunschweig, Tom Bauer

    Architecture can prevent infections in hospitals. The walk-in model of a new type of patient room shows how this can be done. Developed by a team from the fields of architecture, medicine and molecular biology in the KARMIN research project. After the prototype was presented to the public last year on the grounds of the Charité in Berlin, the patient room is now to become an application-oriented research and study laboratory under the leadership of the Institute of Construction Design, Industrial and Health Care Building (IKE) of the TU Braunschweig, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST and the Braunschweig Municipal Hospital. The demonstrator will be built on an open area of the clinic at the site in Naumburgstraße.

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  • Fraunhofer IST and PVZ collaboratively establish a translational laboratory unique in Germany / 2021

    Research from Braunschweig enables innovative pharmaceutical products

    Press release / June 03, 2021

    Functionalization of active ingredients and excipients by means of plasma processes for the optimized production of individualized pharmaceutical products.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    Braunschweig continues to expand its strengths in the manufacture of individualized pharmaceutical products. For this purpose, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST and the Center of Pharmaceutical Engineering (PVZ) of the Technische Universität Braunschweig are cooperating for the first time.

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  • New collaborative project launched / 2021

    Biomimetic plasma polymers for the functionalization of paper – BioPlas4Paper

    Press release / June 02, 2021

    Volume glide discharge on recycled paper.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Martin Bellmann

    Paper-based construction materials are an integral element of our everyday lives in the form of packaging materials. In order to make paper usable for these and new areas of application, the hydrophobic and antimicrobial properties of the material must be improved. In contrast to the processes currently employed for the modification of paper properties, plasma polymerization is to be used in the production process. This should enable low-molecular compounds of biogenic origin to be deposited on paper surfaces.

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  • Minister of the Environment Olaf Lies visits the Wasserstoff Campus Salzgitter / 2021

    At the Wasserstoff Campus Salzgitter, CO₂-neutral industry and mobility are becoming reality

    Presseinformation / May 21, 2021

    Lower Saxony's Minister of the Environment Olaf Lies visits the Wasserstoff Campus Salzgitter.
    © Robert Bosch Elektronik GmbH, photographer: Jonas Stolzmann.

    Olaf Lies, Minister for Energy and the Environment for Lower Saxony, visited the Wasserstoff Campus Salzgitter on the premises of Robert Bosch Elektronik GmbH in Salzgitter on May 21st, together with Stefan Klein (SPD), Member of the State Parliament for Salzgitter.

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  • Minister of Economics Dr. Bernd Althusmann visits the Wasserstoff Campus Salzgitter / 2021

    Ideal conditions for the hydrogen economy

    Press release / May 05, 2021

    Minister of Economics Dr. Bernd Althusmann visits the Wasserstoff Campus Salzgitter: from left to right: Managing Director of Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung GmbH Dr.-Ing Benedikt Ritterbach, Deputy Director of the Braunschweig Regional Development Office Astrid Paus, Managing Director of WEVG Salzgitter GmbH & Co. KG Rainer Krause, state parliament member for the SPD Dunja Kreiser, Director of the Fraunhofer IST Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Herrmann, Minister of Economics Dr. Bernd Althusmann, Managing Director of Robert Bosch Elektronik GmbH Salzgitter Michael Gensicke, state parliament member for the CDU Christoph Plett, state parliament member for the SPD Stefan Klein, Lord Mayor of Salzgitter Frank Klingebiel.
    © Robert Bosch Elektronik GmbH, Fotograf: Jonas Stolzmann.

    Lower Saxony’s Minister of Economics, Labor, Transport and Digitalization, Dr. Bernd Althusmann, visited the Wasserstoff Campus on the premises of Robert Bosch Elektronik GmbH in Salzgitter on the 4th of May, accompanied by Christoph Plett (CDU), Peine Member of the State Parliament, and Salzgitter’s Lord Mayor Frank Klingebiel. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Herrmann, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, introduced the visitors to the interdisciplinary project of research and industry addressing the use of green hydrogen.

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  • Patient-specific implants and respiratory systems as well as individualized pharmaceutical production are at the focus of research and innovation transfer facilitated by the High-Performance Center Medical and Pharmaceutical Engineering.
    © Fraunhofer IMTE, Dr. Thomas Friedrich

    The aim of the Fraunhofer High-Performance Centers is to speed up innovation transfer. In March 2021, the High-Performance Center Medical and Pharmaceutical Engineering was launched. With a focus on personalized implants and respiratory systems as well as individualized pharmaceutical production, the goal is to create a platform for research and the transfer of innovations into patient care.

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  • Intensification of collaboration between TU Braunschweig and Fraunhofer / 2021

    Dr. Michael Thomas becomes Honorary Professor at the TU Braunschweig

    Press release / April 15, 2021

    Dr. Michael Thomas (2nd from right) appointed honorary professor: Presentation of the certificate with the acting president Professor Katja Koch (left), Professor Klaus Dröder (Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering) and Professor Christoph Herrmann (right).
    © Max Fuhrmann

    Dr. Michael Thomas, Head of Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, was appointed Honorary Professor for the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technische Universität Braunschweig on 14 April 2021. With this appointment, the Faculty is acknowledging his commitment as a lecturer for the master’s lectures “Analytik und Prüfung in der Oberflächentechnik (APO)” (Analytics and testing in surface engineering), “Oberflächentechnik mit Atmosphärendruckplasma-Verfahren (OAP)” (Surface engineering with atmospheric pressure plasma processes) and “Ausgewählte Funktionsschichten (AFS)” (Selected functional coatings). His teaching activities strengthen the already intensive collaboration between the Fraunhofer IST and the research centers of the TU Braunschweig at the interface with applied research.

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  • Robust and application-oriented / 2021

    A new industrial standard for determining the photocatalytic activity of surfaces

    Press release / April 01, 2021

    Prototype of the measuring facility for large-format samples for determining the photocatalytic activity of surfaces.
    © MRC Systems GmbH

    Everything spotless – almost without cleaning! Who would not want that? 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.

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  • A filter from the Fraunhofer IST is being used in the Mars Rover / 2021

    Technology from the Braunschweig Fraunhofer Institute lands on Mars

    Press release / March 04, 2021

    The Fraunhofer IST's interference filter is a component of an optical sensor in the MEDA.
    © Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

    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.

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