Reference projects of the Fraunhofer IST

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  • LabBag® – a closed mini laboratory for 3D cell cultivation.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    LabBag® – a closed mini laboratory for 3D cell cultivation.

    Human stem cells are a major source of hope for modern medicine, e.g. in regenerative medicine or as a cell model for pharmaceutical development, as human pluripotent stem cells can form all cells present in the human body. As part of the Fraunhofer-internal project “LabBag®, the three participating Fraunhofer institutes set themselves the goal of developing a closed surface-based “laboratory in a bag” for the cultivation of stem cells.

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  • Structured aluminum deposition on copper.
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    Structured aluminum deposition on copper.

    Aluminum surfaces are rapidly gaining in popularity. Also on materials of different types, such as plastics or other metals. Unfortunately, galvanic processes such as those used for copper, nickel or gold cannot be used for aluminum. In the “GALACTIF” project, funded by the BMBF, a process has been developed for the galvanic deposition of aluminum from so-called ionic liquids. For the first time ever, the process has been successfully transferred from the protective glove box to an open system which can be further developed on an industrial scale.

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  • Interference filter for the Mars mission.
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    Interference filter for the Mars mission.

    For the Mars2020 mission, bandpass filters were coated at 950 nm on the EOSS® using the MOCCA+® control software. The coating materials had to be stable against radiation and the filter had to withstand many cycles in the thermal vacuum test to simulate the days and years on Mars. They were coated onto quartz glass, which was cut to size and then bonded to the sensor.

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  • Defect-free ALD coatings for silicon spheres.
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    Defect-free ALD coatings for silicon spheres.

    For the redetermination of the Avogadro constant, an alternative, homogeneous SiO2 coating is being investigated in order to reduce measurement uncertainty and to be able to precisely determine the volume and mass of the sphere. With the aid of the atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique available at the Fraunhofer IST, it is possible to deposit stoichiometric SiO2 layers with a defined roughness and variable layer thickness whose properties meet the high requirements of the project. The SiO2 coatings developed at the Fraunhofer IST can be applied not only to spherical systems but also to surfaces of any complexity. Possible future fields of implementation range from optical applications, through semiconductors and electronics, and on to medical technology.

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  • Demo-medVer – Decentralized medical care

    A Fraunhofer joint project for the systemically integrated medical care of the population during a pandemic and in crisis and disaster situations.

    Darstellung eines mobilen, systemisch integrierten Versorgungsmoduls.
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    Darstellung eines mobilen, systemisch integrierten Versorgungsmoduls.

    In the Demo-medVer project a mobile, decentralized system in modular configuration is being developed for the systemically integrated medical care of the population during a pandemic and in crisis and disaster situations. An essential component of decentralized care – and the focus of the work at the Fraunhofer IST – is the construction and testing of mobile systems to ensure an efficient and large-scale supply of disinfectants.

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  • Photolithographic structuring of the chromium layer, which has a thickness of only 200 nm, on the kingpin for the production of the complexly routed conductive paths.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    Photolithographic structuring of the chromium layer, which has a thickness of only 200 nm, on the kingpin for the production of the complexly routed conductive paths.

    With the objective of reducing the energy consumption as well as CO2, noise, and brake-dust emissions when using vehicle trailers, an innovative electric propulsion and control system has been developed for vehicle trailers within the framework of the “ev(electric vehicle)Trailer” project funded by the BMWi. The outstanding feature is the manufacturer-independent autonomous mode of operation of the evTrailer, which functions with any conventional tractor unit.

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  • Milling tool with diamond coating.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    Milling tool with diamond coating.

    Toxic cobalt, which is mined under inhumane and environmentally destructive conditions, has long been an essential component of high-performance tools used to machine composite materials and light metals for wind power and electric vehicles, amongst other applications. »Green« cutting tools made from cobalt-free carbides and novel robust diamond and hard-material coating systems are to be developed and made available for key German industries.

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    In the 16 sub-Saharan African countries, at least 40% of the population corresponding to more than 130 million people have no access to safe water. The aim of the project was to research and develop an autonomous and decentralized ˝Made in Africa˝ water treatment system for rural and periurban areas which is highly efficient in the degradation of harmful pollutants and which is accepted by the rural communities.

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  • The operating principle of the ice-free windshield.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    The operating principle of the ice-free windshield.

    Researchers at the Fraunhofer IST in Braunschweig have developed a process with which they can not only produce transparent, conductive – and consequently heatable – films. Their surface films also provide a further decisive advantage: The outer film is of low emissivity. It therefore ensures that the windshield cools down much more slowly. This prevents condensation from forming. The windshield remains dry and ice-free.

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  • Energy efficient and sustainable water-supply technologies for Africa (WASTEC)

    A joint project between Fraunhofer and Stellenbosch University (SU)

    DiaDis diamond-electrode demonstrator for on-site ozonized water production.
    © Fraunhofer IST, Falko Oldenburg

    DiaDis diamond-electrode demonstrator for on-site ozonized water production.

    Climate change and the associated extreme weather conditions combined with the expanding human population are causing severe permanent or temporary water stress in many regions of the world. The joint ICON project WASTEC, conducted by Fraunhofer and Stellenbosch University, aims to develop strategies for addressing the serious threats to water demand and quality within the two broad themes of the desalination and re-use of water.

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