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  • Conrad von Bülow (left) and Jonas Boomers with their final grade certificates.
    © Fraunhofer IST

    The two Fraunhofer IST trainees Conrad von Bülow and Jonas Boomers have successfully completed their final examinations to become physics laboratory assistants. With an average of 1.4, Conrad von Bülow is thereby one of the Chamber’s best. As one of the best trainees within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, he will receive his honors in Munich. Congratulations!

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  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Molter, Frau Prof. Dr. Astrid Hedtke-Becker, Prof. Dr. Günter Bräuer, Dr.-Ing. Jochen Brand (v. l. n. r.) bei der Vertragsunterzeichnung.
    © Hochschule Mannheim, Anja Daniels

    On 10th July, the Hochschule Mannheim - University of Applied Sciences and the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST signed a cooperation agreement on the expansion of joint research activities in the field of tribology and surfaces. The Kompetenzzentrum Tribologie has been working closely with the Braunschweig institute since 2018 within the framework of the newly created DFG (German research foundation) priority program SPP2074 “Fluid-free lubrication systems”.

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  • Press release / 2019

    Model-based coating of 3D components

    14.6.2019

    Plano-convex lense coated with a bandpass filter (at 670 nm). The coating has a special gradient, which ensures a constant spectral position of the central wavelength on the lense regardless of the position. The light in the remaining spectral range (340–1100 nm) is heavily blocked. Total coating thickness 22 micrometer, number of coatings.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    Optical functions – e. g. anti-reflective coatings or filters for specific spectral ranges – can be realized by means of interference coating systems. These systems deploy a sequence of high and low-refractive layers (e. g. Ta2O5 und SiO2) whose layer thicknesses are precalculated according to the desired optical function. At the Fraunhofer IST, such coating systems are produced by means of magnetron cathode sputtering; applications are optical components in the field of precision optics.

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  • The winning team "Absperrklappen".
    © Fraunhofer / VDMA

    The “Hacking Engineering” Hackathon is a new format which was initiated by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the VDMA, Europe’s largest industry association for mechanical engineering, and which took place in Berlin from 17th to 19th May 2019. The idea is to bring together companies from the fields of mechanical engineering and systems engineering with startups from research and interested students in order to collaboratively develop innovative future-oriented technologies. The teams of participants had 48 hours in which to solve one of four specified challenges. One of the winning teams chose for its solution the multifunctional thin-film sensor system developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST – and thereby won “Kill the valve”.

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  • The Fraunhofer IST celebrates 70 years of Fraunhofer / 2019

    #WHATSNEXT

    10.4.2019

    The cake of the Fraunhofer IST for the 70th anniversary of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    On March 26, 1949, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft was founded and now celebrates its 70th birthday this year. The motto of the anniversary year: 70 years of Fraunhofer. 70 years of future. #WHATSNEXT. For the Fraunhofer IST, the anniversary of the founding was a cause for celebration as well.

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  • Young researchers exploring the Fraunhofer IST / 2019

    Future day for girls and boys

    29.3.2019

    13 girls and 11 boys were able to produce layers by sputtering at the Fraunhofer IST.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    As part of the ”Future Day for Girls and Boys”, school children from the grades 5 to 9 once again had the opportunity to spend a whole day exploring the research work of the Fraunhofer Institutes IST and WKI. A total of 24 young researchers – 13 girls and 11 boys – immersed themselves in the fascinating world of research at the two Fraunhofer Institutes. Together with the WKI, the Fraunhofer IST once again opened the doors for interested young people.

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  • The Fraunhofer IST at the Hannover Fair / 2019

    Digital Solutions and new materials

    Press Release / 28.3.2019

    Simulated distribution of electron density in a compartment of the EOSS® coating plant for the production of optical functional layers.
    © Fraunhofer IST

    Industry 4.0, digitization, simulation and modeling of materials, processes, product and production systems and even entire factories are topics, which become more and more important for the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films. As a result, the institute again attends the Fraunhofer booth „Digital Solutions & New Materials“ (Hall 6, Stand A30) at this year‘s Hannover Fair from April 1-5, 2019.

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  • Fraunhofer Project Center for Energy Storage and Systems ZESS in Braunschweig, Germany / 2019

    Joint research platform for energy storage systems

    Press release / 7.2.2019

    Inauguration of the Fraunhofer Project Center for Energy Storage and Systems ZESS in Braunschweig, Germany.
    © Fraunhofer

    The new Fraunhofer Project Center for Energy Storage and Systems ZESS was inaugurated today, February 7, 2019. Located at the Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen (NFF) in Braunschweig, it is a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST – in close cooperation with the Technische Universität Braunschweig. The purpose of the new project center is to develop existing energy storage systems, both mobile and stationary, to the level of industrial maturity, and to demonstrate new solutions at a level of technological maturity of four to six.

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  • President Prof. Reimund Neugebauer (left), Prof. Eugene Cloete (right).
    © University Stellenbosch

    On January 28th, 2019 in South Africa, Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, and Prof. Eugene Cloete, Vice Rector of Stellenbosch University, signed the contract for the implementation of an ICON project between the university and Fraunhofer. The participants are the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, and the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB.

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