Sustainability is currently perhaps the most important social guiding principle of the age. Not only in the European Union but also in Germany sustainable development processes are in first place on the agenda. In the field of surface and thin film engineering the Fraunhofer IST has for a number of years now been developing solutions for sustainable products and sustainable industrial production.
A large number of research subjects at the Fraunhofer IST are oriented by urgent future-related topics and by social trends, such as the implementation of an alternative energy supply, alternatives for scarce materials and raw materials, or mobility in the 21st century. The very thinnest high-performance coatings are in addition the basis for a variety of further products and high-tech applications which are viable for the future, especially when it is a matter of saving material and energy.