• 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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  • 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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  • 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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