EU Research activities

The Fraunhofer IST can draw on years of experience with EU projects of the most diverse kinds. Within our core competencies in the fields of thin-film production, application, characterization and surface analysis, we make full use of our networks throughout Europe to create the best conditions for collaborative projects for our international partners as well.

We are always on the lookout for new and interesting problems to solve and for transnational projects. If you would like to learn more about Fraunhofer IST research projects or to start joint projects with ourselves, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Ongoing EU Projects


Virtual Coater for Industrial Applications

Duration: 1.9.2017 - 31.8.2019

For optimizing the layer quality in the industrial application, it is essential to be able to predict film homogeneity and composition as well as intrinsic film properties as a function of process parameters. To achieve this, a simulation framework is needed, which covers nine orders of magnitude between the typical dimensions of the coating plants and the atomic film structure. Consequently, a multi-scale approach is necessary in order to perform a full simulation of common coating processes including both, transport and plasma as well as the atomistic film growth mechanisms. The long term goal of VICIA is to establish the virtual coater as development tool in deposition technology for an increasing number of process configurations and material combinations.


Self-Sustaining Cleaning Technology for Safe Water Supply and Management in Rural African Areas

Duration: 1.6.2016 - 30.11.2019

The SafeWaterAfrica project will research and develop an autonomous and decentralized water treatment system for rural and peri-urban areas which is highly efficient in the degradation of harmful pollutants and at the same time very effective in killing microbiological contaminants. Besides, SafeWaterAfrica will generate the technological basis for innovative business models related to the development of water treatment products, which are produced, installed, operated and maintained in Africa.  


Tailored photocatalytic purification systems for industrial and municipal waters 

Duration: 1.6.2016 - 31.8.2018

The disinfection of water for drinking water production is one of the most important requisite of today’s society. The consortium aims to introduce to the market an innovative, chemical-free, highly efficient and economic water purification solution, in which a powerful photocatalytic oxidation is generated by UV light and a semiconductor (TiO2) interaction.


Functionally graded Additive Manufacturing scaffolds by hybrid manufacturing

Duration: 1.12.2015 – 30.11.2019

Scaffolds production for tissue regeneration is one of the main fields where the “Design for Function” feature of Additive Manufacturing (AM) make the difference relative to the other production techniques if in the production process all the needed “Functions” can be introduced: mechanics, geometry (porosity and shape), biomaterial, bio-active molecules and surface chemical groups. The FAST project aims to integrate all these “Functions” in the single AM process. This integration will be obtained by the hybridisation of the 3D polymer printing with melt compounding of nanocomposites with bio-functionalized fillers directly in the printing head and atmospheric plasma technologies during the printing process itself. Final objective of the project is to realize a demonstrator of the proposed hybrid AM technology in order to achieve a small pilot production of scaffolds for bone regeneration with the novel smart features to be tested in some in-vivo trials.

Completed EU Projects

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