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  • Kick-off meeting for the “ScaleH2” project / 2023

    Scalable electrolyzers using innovative materials for hydrogen export to Germany

    Press Release / August 01, 2023

    The participants of the kick-off meeting of the "ScaleH2" project.
    © Fraunhofer IST

    Shipping the sunshine - How can green hydrogen be transported cost-efficiently from Australia to Germany? This question is being addressed by the Fraunhofer IST in collaboration with German and Australian project partners. The consortium plans to go beyond feasibility studies and to transport green hydrogen from Australia to Germany by means of validated developments in electrolysis technology and model-based evaluations of the hydrogen value chain.

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  • Two new positions for Head of Department Prof. Sabrina Zellmer / 2023

    New professorship links Fraunhofer IST and TU Braunschweig

    Joint press release issued by the Fraunhofer IST and the TU Braunschweig / July 10, 2023

    Dr. Sabrina Zellmer (centre)was appointed Professor of Battery and Fuel-Cell Process Technology at TU Braunschweig. Presentation of the certificate with President Professor Angela Ittel (left) and Professor Markus Böl, Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
    © Madeleine Franke/TU Braunschweig

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sabrina Zellmer, Head of Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST in Braunschweig, has taken on not one but two new functions simultaneously. In April, Prof. Zellmer was appointed Professor for Battery and Fuel-Cell Process Technology at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. Located at the Institute for Particle Technology (iPAT), the professorship further strengthens the close alliance between the TU Braunschweig and the Fraunhofer IST. In addition, Prof. Sabrina Zellmer has held the position of Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer IST since 1st July 2023.

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  • Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST as of 13th June 2023 at Riedenkamp 2 / 2023

    New address for the Fraunhofer IST due to renaming of the street

    Press Release / June 12, 2023

    Fraunhofer IST in Braunschweig
    © Fraunhofer IST

    Information for visitors, customers and partners of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST: The street Bienroder Weg has been renamed Riedenkamp by the City of Braunschweig. As a result, our address at the institute will also be changing.

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  • Fraunhofer Center for Energy Storage and Systems ZESS / 2023

    Groundbreaking ceremony for Fraunhofer ZESS institute building in Braunschweig

    Press Release / June 07, 2023

    Spatenstich für das neue Institutsgebäude des Fraunhofer ZESS: Dr.-Ing. Julian Schwenzel, Leiter des Fraunhofer ZESS, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sabrina Zellmer, Abteilungsleiterin am Fraunhofer IST, Dr.-Ing. Christian Wunderlich, stellvertretender Institutsleiter des Fraunhofer IKTS, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Busse, Institutsleiter des Fraunhofer IFAM, Dr. Thorsten Kornblum, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Braunschweig, Falko Mohrs, Minister für Wissenschaft und Kultur des Landes Niedersachsen, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Herrmann, Institutsleiter des Fraunhofer IST, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Arno Kwade, Vizepräsident der TU Braunschweig, Dr. Patrick Hoyer, zentraler Forschungskoordinator der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (v.l.n.r.).
    © Fraunhofer | Fotograf: Andreas Rudolph

    The Fraunhofer Center for Energy Storage and Management Systems ZESS is centered around the development of system solutions for energy storage and hydrogen technologies. To achieve this, the three research partners — the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST and the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS — are being provided with a new institute building at the Braunschweig Research Airport. The groundbreaking ceremony on June 7, 2023 marked the start of construction on a research building comprising over 3,400 square meters of floor space. Among those who participated in the ceremony were the Minister for Science and Culture for Lower Saxony, Falko Mohrs; the mayor of Braunschweig, Dr. Thorsten Kornblum; and the vice-president for Technology Transfer and Innovation at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Prof. Arno Kwade.

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  • The Fraunhofer IST at Laser 2023 / 2023

    Fast, precise, automated: Customized optical measurement technology for production monitoring

    Press Release / May 24, 2023

    Optical broadband monitoring system MOCCA+®.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Jan Benz

    The requirements placed upon production are increasing continuously. Products are becoming more complex and, at the same time, a larger quantity of variants is being demanded. In order to meet these challenges, manufacturing processes must be optimized. Quality assurance, process monitoring and control as well as automation thereby play a special role. At the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, systems for improved process control and the automated process management of coating processes are developed on the basis of a holistic understanding of the process. One example is the MOCCA software, which will be demonstrated live at LASER 2023.

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  • SVC MentorAward
    © Fraunhofer IST, Holger Gerdes

    Dr. Andreas Pflug from the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST was presented with the “Mentor Award” at this year’s conference of the Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC TechCon 2023) in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of plasma-process simulation. With the award, which has been presented annually since 2001, the SVC acknowledges exceptional contributions towards the development of vacuum coating technology or services to society.

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  • The Fraunhofer IST at the Hannover Messe 2023 / 2023

    Sustainable process chains for the manufacture of resilient and smart tools

    Press Release / April 03, 2023

    Sustainable component and tool coating: CVD diamond coatings for various tool solutions.
    © Fraunhofer IST

    Whether drilling, turning or milling: In machining – as well as in primary forming and re-forming, die casting and many other applications – tools are of pivotal importance for industrial production. Their performance significantly influences both the quality and the cost of the manufactured product and, consequently, the economic and ecological sustainability of the production process. One objective of the work at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST in Braunschweig is the development of resilient and smart tools under the requirements of sustainability. The researchers thereby take the entire process chain into account - from tool design and material characterization, through pre-treatment, cleaning, and customized surface treatments and coatings, and on to testing and application.

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  • The Fraunhofer IST at the Hannover Messe 2023 / 2023

    Innovative sensor inserts enable monitoring of production processes

    Press Release / April 03, 2023

    Sensor insert cross wedge rollers
    © Fraunhofer IST

    In order to achieve optimum product quality, precise control of the production process is necessary. For this purpose, the relevant parameters must be continuously recorded. In this context, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST from Braunschweig will be presenting its most recent developments for the optimization of cotter rolling processes at this year’s Hannover Messe: Thin-film sensor inserts which enable precise in-situ detection of the temperature distribution on the tool surface.

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  • The Fraunhofer IST at the Hannover Messe / 2023

    Multisensory tools for digital process monitoring

    Press Release / April 03, 2023

    Multisensory stamp and forming parts.
    © Fraunhofer IST

    Autonomous, self-controlling production systems have tremendous potential in the transformation towards sustainability. At the Hannover Messe 2023, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST will be presenting innovative solutions for real-time data acquisition directly in the running process. Through the development of integrated and wear-resistant thin-film sensors, parameters such as force, temperature or wear can be recorded in the vicinity of highly stressed forming zones. As a result, the manufacturing process for high-quality cold-forged parts can be monitored and optimized from an ecological and economic point of view. This increases both process understanding and process reliability.

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