• Ready for a fresh start: Torsten Hochsattel and Rowena Duckstein pack up the last waveguide coated at the Fraunhofer IST for the Sentinel-1 mission.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    On 3rd September, the time had finally come: After eleven years, Project Manager Torsten Hochsattel held in his hands the – for the time being – final antenna component for the Sentinel-1C and D missions to be coated by him and the galvanic team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST.

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  • Electrodes for the production of all battery cells.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    The Fraunhofer Battery Alliance bundles the expertise of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in the field of electrochemical energy storage devices. Only recently, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, represented by the engineers Sabrina Zellmer and Stefan Blume, has also been a member.

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  • The graduates Conrad von Bülow and Jonas Boomers, their trainers Sven Pleger and Daniel Schulze as well as the director Prof. Bräuer (f.l.t.r.).
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    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


    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



    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


    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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