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  • Minister of Economics Dr. Bernd Althusmann visits the Wasserstoff Campus Salzgitter / 2021

    Ideal conditions for the hydrogen economy

    Press release / May 05, 2021

    Minister of Economics Dr. Bernd Althusmann visits the Wasserstoff Campus Salzgitter: from left to right: Managing Director of Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung GmbH Dr.-Ing Benedikt Ritterbach, Deputy Director of the Braunschweig Regional Development Office Astrid Paus, Managing Director of WEVG Salzgitter GmbH & Co. KG Rainer Krause, state parliament member for the SPD Dunja Kreiser, Director of the Fraunhofer IST Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Herrmann, Minister of Economics Dr. Bernd Althusmann, Managing Director of Robert Bosch Elektronik GmbH Salzgitter Michael Gensicke, state parliament member for the CDU Christoph Plett, state parliament member for the SPD Stefan Klein, Lord Mayor of Salzgitter Frank Klingebiel.
    © Robert Bosch Elektronik GmbH, Fotograf: Jonas Stolzmann.

    Lower Saxony’s Minister of Economics, Labor, Transport and Digitalization, Dr. Bernd Althusmann, visited the Wasserstoff Campus on the premises of Robert Bosch Elektronik GmbH in Salzgitter on the 4th of May, accompanied by Christoph Plett (CDU), Peine Member of the State Parliament, and Salzgitter’s Lord Mayor Frank Klingebiel. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Herrmann, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, introduced the visitors to the interdisciplinary project of research and industry addressing the use of green hydrogen.

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  • Patient-specific implants and respiratory systems as well as individualized pharmaceutical production are at the focus of research and innovation transfer facilitated by the High-Performance Center Medical and Pharmaceutical Engineering.
    © Fraunhofer IMTE, Dr. Thomas Friedrich

    The aim of the Fraunhofer High-Performance Centers is to speed up innovation transfer. In March 2021, the High-Performance Center Medical and Pharmaceutical Engineering was launched. With a focus on personalized implants and respiratory systems as well as individualized pharmaceutical production, the goal is to create a platform for research and the transfer of innovations into patient care.

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  • Intensification of collaboration between TU Braunschweig and Fraunhofer / 2021

    Dr. Michael Thomas becomes Honorary Professor at the TU Braunschweig

    Press release / April 15, 2021

    Dr. Michael Thomas (2nd from right) appointed honorary professor: Presentation of the certificate with the acting president Professor Katja Koch (left), Professor Klaus Dröder (Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering) and Professor Christoph Herrmann (right).
    © Max Fuhrmann

    Dr. Michael Thomas, Head of Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, was appointed Honorary Professor for the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technische Universität Braunschweig on 14 April 2021. With this appointment, the Faculty is acknowledging his commitment as a lecturer for the master’s lectures “Analytik und Prüfung in der Oberflächentechnik (APO)” (Analytics and testing in surface engineering), “Oberflächentechnik mit Atmosphärendruckplasma-Verfahren (OAP)” (Surface engineering with atmospheric pressure plasma processes) and “Ausgewählte Funktionsschichten (AFS)” (Selected functional coatings). His teaching activities strengthen the already intensive collaboration between the Fraunhofer IST and the research centers of the TU Braunschweig at the interface with applied research.

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  • Robust and application-oriented / 2021

    A new industrial standard for determining the photocatalytic activity of surfaces

    Press release / April 01, 2021

    Prototype of the measuring facility for large-format samples for determining the photocatalytic activity of surfaces.
    © MRC Systems GmbH

    Everything spotless – almost without cleaning! Who would not want that? Particularly in the sanitary area, self-cleaning ceramics and tiles or glass for shower cubicles can not only make everyday tasks much easier but also prolong the service life of the products.

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  • A filter from the Fraunhofer IST is being used in the Mars Rover / 2021

    Technology from the Braunschweig Fraunhofer Institute lands on Mars

    Press release / March 04, 2021

    The Fraunhofer IST's interference filter is a component of an optical sensor in the MEDA.
    © Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

    In the new Mars Rover “Perseverance”, an optical interference filter from the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films, in short Fraunhofer IST, has been installed. It assists NASA's Rover in the investigation of the dust in the planet's atmosphere – and it does so under the most extreme conditions.

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  • Intelligent robots for targeted combating of viruses and bacteria

    Fraunhofer press release / February 11, 2021

    Development of disinfection robots for use in buildings and in transportation in the MobDi project.
    © Fraunhofer IPA, Photo: Rainer Bez und Fraunhofer IMW, Graphics: Stefanie Irrler

    Service robots can help ensure that buildings and means of transport are cleaned and disinfected regularly and with consistently high quality. Since October 2020, twelve institutions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have been working on the development of new technologies for this field of application. Led by Fraunhofer IPA, the partners are pooling their expertise in the “Mobile Disinfection“ (MobDi) research project to contribute to a safe “New Normal” in times of pandemic. The project is part of the “Fraunhofer vs. Corona“ action program.

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  • Regional Minister Honé praises “real milestone” for the business location / 2021

    State promotes triple project launch at Wasserstoffcampus Salzgitter

    Press release / February 09, 2021

    Triple project launch at Wasserstoffcampus Salzgitter.
    © Nds. Ministerium für Bundes- und Europaangelegenheiten und Regionale Entwicklung

    At the new Wasserstoffcampus Salzgitter, three projects on the use of hydrogen are being launched simultaneously. These involve the application of hydrogen technologies in manufacturing processes, the development of steel tanks for the transportation and storage of the energy carrier, and an innovation alliance for the establishment of a hydrogen cluster for Salzgitter. Lower Saxony is supporting the projects with a total of 4.7 million euros from the State's structural assistance program for Salzgitter.

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  • 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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