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


Southern Lower Saxony Innovation Network Fiber Optical Sensor for Formaldehyde

Duration: 1.9.2016 - 30.8.2019

The research and development project ”SNIFF” is a cooperation of scientists from the Application Center for Plasma and Photonics of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, the  University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HAWK), the Technical University Clausthal, and the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI. The final objective of the consortium is the development of absolutely new methods to analyze the widely used and hazardous solvent formaldehyde. Formaldehyde, which is carcinogenic in the case of permanent exposure or high doses, can currently only be detected and analyzed by demanding processes. A novel optical sensor technology is intended to facilitate the mobile analysis and permanent monitoring of formaldehyde concentrations in the air in a simple way. For the manufacture of the new glass fiber sensors, laser-based processing techniques, plasma processes for surface functionalization and chemometric analysis methods are used.


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.


Conception, implementation and characterization of a plasma-based wound dressing

Duration: 21.3.2016 - 21.3.2018

The CINOGY GmbH will evaluate the technical options for implementation of plasma technology in to a plasma active wound dressing in cooperation with the Fraunhofer IST. By this, the technical requirements for enhancing the clinical care for patients with chronic and hard to heal wounds are met.


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.


Reactive Atmospheric Plasma processIng – eDucation network

Duration: 1.10.2013 - 30.9.2017

RAPID is an interdisciplinary initial training network (ITN) at the intersection of chemistry, physics and engineering aimed particularly at the development of non-equilibrium reactive processes in atmospheric pressure plasmas.

Completed EU Projects

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