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  • New research and study laboratory by TU Braunschweig, Fraunhofer IST and Städtisches Klinikum / 2022

    Patient room of the future opened in Braunschweig

    Press Release / August 31, 2022

    Eröffnung Patientenzimmer
    © skbs/Björn Petersen

    Separate bathrooms for all patients, seamless and easy-to-clean bedside tables with dirt-repellent surfaces, automated cleaning concepts, disinfectant dispensers that display a smiley face when used: this is what the "patient room of the future" could look like. The walk-in demonstrator of such a two-bed room was opened on the grounds of the Städtisches Klinikum Braunschweig on 31 August 2022. In the research and study laboratory, experts from the fields of architecture, materials research and medicine develop practical model solutions for hospital architecture. Technische Universität Braunschweig, Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST and Städtisches Klinikum Braunschweig have joined forces for this purpose.

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  • Project launch for the implementation of a mobile healthcare platform / 2022

    Sub-Saharan Africa: Healthcare for everyone

    Press Release / August 17, 2022

    Prototype of the mobile supply unit mounted on a commercial pickup truck.
    © Fraunhofer ISE; Joachim Went

    The comprehensive provision of medical care presents a major challenge, particularly in rural regions of Africa. The Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST is therefore working in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and the Stellenbosch University in South Africa on the development of a mobile healthcare platform with which even the most remote areas can be reached.

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  • Dr. Andreas Dietz from the Fraunhofer IST accepts 3rd place in the INNOspace Masters competition / 2022

    Bronze for "Ferrotherm"

    Press Release / July 06, 2022

    Award ceremony of the INNOSpaceMasters competition.
    © DLR

    At the INNOspace Masters conference on July 5th, 2022, Dr. Andreas Dietz of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST was delighted to reach 3rd place in the INNOspace Masters innovation competition. The “Ferrotherm” project, on which Dr. Dietz is working together with researchers from the Fraunhofer ICT, was awarded a prize as part of the DLR Challenge 2021/2022. The aim is to develop carbon-free energy generation through iron combustion and electrochemical recycling that can also be used on the moon.

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  • The Fraunhofer IST at the Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung 2022 / 2022

    Generating energy with lunar rock

    Press Release / June 17, 2022

    © Fraunhofer IST

    Living on the Moon? This may perhaps sound somewhat unrealistic today, but the urbanization of the Moon is one of the future topics in space travel. Limited resources on the Moon, the lack of fossil fuels, and extreme conditions such as very high and very low temperatures and a different day/night rhythm necessitate new ideas for energy supply and for the production of the required components and parts. The Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST is developing new concepts in order to secure the energy supply by means of lunar resources. At the ILA in Berlin from 22 to 26 June 2022, visitors can obtain an overview of current projects and ideas.

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  • Fraunhofer IST honored as Zukunftgeber

    Press Release / June 07, 2022

    Die Übergabe der Zukunftgeber-Auszeichnung
    © Fraunhofer IST, Paul Kurze

    Great success for the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST: In the certification process for the Zukunftgeber award, which is presented by the Employers' Association for the Braunschweig Region (Arbeitgeberverband - AGV), the institute earned top marks and was rewarded with the Zukunftgeber employer seal.

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  • Water purification by means of diamond electrodes: Demonstration of  the degradation of blue textile dye using diamond electrodes.
    © Fraunhofer IST

    Whether in the production of food and medicines, in horticultural businesses, in hospitals, or in every private household - disinfection and the reduction of pollutants in water and on surfaces play an important role in many areas of application. The addition of chemicals should, however, be avoided as extensively as possible in all these applications. This can be made possible through, for example, treatment with electrochemically produced ozonated water, a process which the Fraunhofer IST has been researching and developing for many years now.

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  • The Fraunhofer IST at the Hanover Fair 2022 / 2022

    Optimum temperatures in plastic injection molding by means of thin-film sensor technology from the Fraunhofer IST

    Press Release / May 04, 2022

    Sensory multi-coupling insert for monitoring temperature control.
    © Fraunhofer IST

    The precise regulation of mold temperatures and flow rates in injection molding is a major prerequisite for the resource-efficient, economical and reliable production of high-quality plastic parts. In order to optimize the design and monitoring of mold temperature control, the real temperatures, pressures and flow rates must be continuously recorded during the injection-molding process. For this purpose, a sensor system is being developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST with which, for the first time, the temperature can be measured directly inside the three-dimensional temperature-control channels.

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  • Thin-film sensors for temperature measurement in rolling contacts.
    © Fraunhofer IST

    The measurement of force, pressure, temperature, wear and other variables, directly in main load zones or on tool active surfaces by means of thin-film sensor technology, provides valuable data for the optimization of existing production processes or simulation models. With the wear-resistant thin-film sensors developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST and adapted to the respective application, measurements can also be undertaken in areas which were previously difficult to access. For the first time, the researchers have succeeded in carrying out a spatially resolved temperature measurement in rolling contacts subjected to mixed friction.

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  • BMWK-funded project “3D PrintBatt” is launched with the aim of increasing energy and resource efficiency during the production process of solid-state sodium-ion batteries / 2022

    More secure, more economical, more ecological: 3D-printed sodium-ion batteries

    Press Release / April 07, 2022

    © Fraunhofer IST, Illustration: Marén Gröschel

    Green batteries produced by 3D printers? While this may sound futuristic at first glance, it is nevertheless the objective of the project “Nachhaltige, flexible additive Fertigungstechnologien für Natrium-Ionen-Festkörperbatterien” (Sustainable, flexible additive-manufacturing technologies for solid-state sodium-ion batteries - 3D PrintBatt for short), in which the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST is involved. The company Blackstone Technology GmbH, which is managing the project, plans to launch 3D-printed solid-state sodium-ion batteries on the market as early as the beginning of 2025.

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  • © Fraunhofer IST

    In the presence of the German Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Robert Habeck, a delegation from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates (MOEI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Abu Dhabi.

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