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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

    This year, a total of three Fraunhofer IST apprentices successfully completed their training. Two apprentices were even honored by the Braunschweig Chamber of Industry and Commerce for their particularly good performance in the final examinations.

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  • 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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  • Water treatment in Sharjah

    Press release / 14.7.2019

    The CEO of the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Parks (SRTIP) His Excellency Hussain Al Mahmoudi and Dr. Lothar Schäfer of the Fraunhofer IST signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim of the further development of technologies in the field of water management.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Guido Hora

    On 5th July 2019, the Fraunhofer Water Systems Alliance (SysWasser), represented by the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, and the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP) in the United Arab Emirates signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The goal of the future cooperation is the further development of technologies in the field of water management.

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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

    14.6.2019

    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

    #WHATSNEXT

    10.4.2019

    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

    29.3.2019

    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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