• Extracting a water sample in a demonstrator.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Jan Gäbler

    Over 100 million people in Southern Africa have no access to clean water – many sources in rural areas are contaminated. In the SafeWaterAfrica project, African and European partners are working closely together to develop a decentralized system solution for water purification that can be operated and maintained autonomously by rural inhabitants. The system covers the clean water needs of several hundred people. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST are coordinating the project.

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  • Plasmajet for layer deposition.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    Cancerous tumors, infections or bad fractures can make it necessary to surgically remove bones and insert implants in their place. In collaboration with European partners, Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a technique with which bone implants that are precisely fitting, stable and variable in dimensions can be 3D-printed from a special plastic. The secret lies in the printing process, where the individual layers are treated with a cold plasma in order to improve the bonding of bone-forming cells.

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  • New member of the management at the Fraunhofer IST

    Joint press release of the TU Braunschweig and the Fraunhofer IST / 12.11.2018

    Management of Fraunhofer IST
    © Fraunhofer IST, Ulrike Balhorn

    Fraunhofer and Technische Universität Braunschweig intensify their cooperation: Professor Dr. Christoph Herrmann, dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, accepts the offer of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Since 1st November 2018 he has been director at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST alongside with Professor Dr. Günter Bräuer . At the same time Prof. Herrmann will remain head of the TU Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology IWF. Thus, the IST is now linked twice with the university, as the Fraunhofer Institute is already connected to the Institute of Surface Technology IOT at the TU Braunschweig via Professor Bräuer.

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  • The development engineers of the IST in front of the coating plant: Ralf Wittorf (left) with a copper-coated pattern of titanium, beside him Torsten Hochsattel with the untreated sample material.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    Finally the time has come: On October 20, 2018 at 3:45 CEST, the European-Japanese BepiColombo mission for the study of Mercury will start - including thin films produced at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST.

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  • Die Teilnehmerinnen des Wissenschaftscampus am Fraunhofer IST.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Science Campus being held from September 24th to 26th at four Fraunhofer Institutes in Braunschweig and Hanover hopes to attract female students and graduates in the STEM subjects to work in applied research. Key content includes the diverse fields of application in surface engineering and thin films (IST), innovative materials made from renewable raw materials (WKI), pharmaceutical production and testing (ITEM), and wind energy systems (IWES).

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  • Clean through solar power

    Press Release / 1.8.2018

    Demonstrator of a mobile measuring gun with luminescent polymeric carrier.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    In combination with the right materials, sunbeams can work wonders: they clean building facades and decompose pollutants from the air or in the water. The magic word is photocatalysis. In practice, though, the effectiveness of this ”miracle cure” fluctuates greatly, depending on the material used and the environmental factors. With a new measuring device, researchers now want to determine the photocatalytic effectiveness of surfaces more accurately and quickly, thereby increasing efficiency.

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  • 22 young researchers look behind the scenes of the Fraunhofer IST / 2018

    ”Future Day for Boys and Girls”


    11 girls and 11 boys were given insights into the world of thin-film technology at the Fraunhofer IST and perfomed a few experiments.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    This year, the Fraunhofer IST once again opened its doors to inspire pupils of grades 5 to 7 for the ”Future Day for Girls and Boys” for science. A total of 22 young researchers – 11 girls and 11 boys – immersed themselves one day in the fascinating research routine of a Fraunhofer Institute.

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  • Hanover Trade Fair 2018: The Fraunhofer IST at the leading trade show ”Digital Factory” / 2018

    Digitalization and surface technology

    Press Release / 11.4.2018

    Deep-drawing die with complete sensor system.
    © Fraunhofer WKI, Manuela Lingnau

    Digitalization is a topic that affects and moves all industries. Thus, at this year’s Hanover Trade Fair from April 23 to 27, 2018 the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Technology IST appears for the first time in the area of “Digital Factory” at the joint Fraunhofer booth “Digital Solutions & New Materials“ (hall 6, booth A30).

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