• Surface and coating technology / 2021

    Hard-magnetic coatings for high-precision microscopy

    Press release / January 04, 2021

    Microscope stage with magnetic positioning.
    © ITK Dr. Kassen GmbH

    Microscopy is at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus. Special microscopes, which enable scientists to view minute cell structures, are an indispensable tool in the development of vaccines and new therapies. Such equipment comprises not only a microscope with high optical resolution but also a high-precision microscope stage. Hard-magnetic coatings from the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST also play a key role here. They help enable the examination of minuscule cell structures in precise detail and at great speed.

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  • 19 Fraunhofer Institutes demonstrate the feasibility of a bio-based circular economy / 2020

    How Do We Want to Run Our Economy and Production?

    Fraunhofer press release / December 16, 2020

    The treated nutrient-rich wastewater from the wastewater treatment plant is used in the EVOBIO project for the hydroponic cultivation of lettuce.
    © Fraunhofer EMB

    The wastewater treatment plant is turned into a vegetable farm, bio-based substances recovered from waste are being utilized to prevent oxidative spoilage in food packaging or provide environmentally-friendly and safe water-repellent coatings on functional textiles. In the EVOBIO project coordinated by Fraunhofer IGB, 19 Fraunhofer Institutes are working on solutions for a sustainable economy by developing new concepts that utilize material flows in bioeconomy process cycles to produce optimized materials for innovative products.

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  • Ensuring medical care in crises and emergencies / 2020

    Fraunhofer is developing a mobile medical care system

    Fraunhofer press release / December 07, 2020

    The complete Demo-medVer design.
    © Fraunhofer IFF

    Mobile, distributed systems that provide medical care to the public can be a crucial addition to the existing healthcare infrastructure in crises and emergencies such as the current Corona pandemic. Six of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s institutes have joined forces under the lead management of the Fraunhofer IFF in Magdeburg and are developing an integrated system for mobile, distributed medical care in the Demo-medVer project. What makes it special is that all of the complete system’s components are modularized, are closely interconnected, and complement each other. A functional prototype is intended to be built by the end of next year.

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  • Crosslinking PVC plastics / 2020

    Plasma treatment reduces migration of plasticizers from blood bags

    Press release / December 01, 2020

    Aldyne™ system for continuous roll-to-roll functionalization, crosslinking and coating.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    Medical products such as blood bags and tubing are often made from soft PVC, a plastic that contains phthalate plasticizers, which are suspected to be harmful to human health. These substances are not chemically bound to the polymer, which means they can leach into the blood bags and thus come into contact with human cells. A new method developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST prevents these harmful substances from migrating into the surrounding media.

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  • “Vision PI” – Sustainable mobility concept of the future with a touch of lifestyle / 2020

    Flexible and individual: Fraunhofer team develops groundbreaking vehicle concept

    Fraunhofer press release / November 16, 2020

    © Fraunhofer IAO

    How can individualized luxury mobility be designed for the world of the year 2040? A world that will be driven by the idea of a circular economy and products with significantly longer lives. A world that will also be characterized by the desire for individual and quickly evolving lifestyles. How can the maximum level of driving comfort be achieved between these two polar opposites? To answer these questions, an interdisciplinary research team made up of experts from the Fraunhofer Institutes for Chemical Technology ICT, for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, for Industrial Engineering IAO, for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM, for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU, and for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut, WKI, has developed “Vision PI,” a modular futuristic mobility concept.

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  • Fraunhofer Solution Days 2020
    © Fraunhofer

    Nuremberg: Loose screws at important connection points constitute a considerable safety risk. The research center IoT-COMMs – part of the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Internet Technologies CCIT – has developed an intelligent screw connection which enables wireless, energy-autonomous monitoring. A thin-film sensor thereby measures both the forces acting on the screw connection and changes in the ambient temperature at the installation site. Via the standardized mioty® wireless protocol, the screw regularly transmits load data for control purposes. The aim is the realization of an energy-autonomous monitoring of bridges, scaffolding, wind-power plants and similar structures through permanent long-term surveillance. The solution will be presented for the first time during the Fraunhofer Solution Days from 26th - 29th October 2020.

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  • The cooperation agreement for the Wasserstoff-Campus Salzgitter was signed by (f.l.) Dr. Ulrike Witt (Office for regional state development), Dr. Jens Sprotte (ALSTOM Transport Deutschland GmbH), Jan Van den Houe (ALSTOM Transport Deutschland GmbH), Oberbürgermeister Frank Klingebiel, Rainer Krause (WEVG Salzgitter), Mark Grunewald (MAN Energy Solutions SE), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Fuhrmann (Salzgitter AG), Michael Gensicke (Robert Bosch Elektronik GmbH), Prof. Dr. Christoph Herrmann (Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Arno Kwade (Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST), StS Matthias Wunderling-Weilbier ((Lower Saxony ministry for federal and European affairs and regional development) and Dr. Frank Fabian (Alliance for the region).
    © City of Salzgitter

    The Wasserstoff-Campus (hydrogen campus) in Salzgitter is gathering speed: Today, a cooperation agreement was signed by the city of Salzgitter, Salzgitter AG, MAN Energy Solutions, Bosch, Alstom, WEVG, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films, and the Projektbüro Südostniedersachsen, in which the Amt für regionale Landesentwicklung (office for regional state development) and the Allianz für die Region GmbH (alliance for the region) pool their resources.

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  • Fraunhofer Innovation Platform in Stellenbosch / 2020

    Sustainable solutions with South Africa in the fight against water scarcity

    Fraunhofer press release / August 04, 2020

    The contract for the new Fraunhofer Innovation Platform was signed in early February 2020 by Fraunhofer President Prof. Reimund Neugebauer (left) and Prof. Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector of Stellenbosch University.
    © Stellenbosch University

    As a predominantly arid country, South Africa faces the enormous challenge of managing existing resources sustainably. In addition to the scarce water resources, South Africa also faces energy shortages within a system that is dominated by fossil fuel generation, as well as challenges with regard to food security. Stellenbosch University and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have now established the “Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus at Stellenbosch University“ as part of a strategic partnership. The objective of this long-term cooperation is to jointly develop tailored technological and cross-sectoral solutions for water, energy and food security – for the benefit of people and the environment.

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  • Schematic life cycle of energy storage systems.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Marén Gröschel

    The German government wants to sustainably strengthen battery research in Germany along the entire value chain, to accelerate the transfer into industrial applications and to support the development of battery-cell production in Germany. Within the framework of the umbrella concept “Forschungsfabrik Batterie” (Battery Research Factory), four new competence clusters will contribute towards this. The Fraunhofer IST is introducing its competencies in the field of life cycle engineering into the “Recycling and green batteries” cluster.

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