The history of the Fraunhofer IST – a chronological overview

1st January 1990

The core workforce of the Fraunhofer IST in Hamburg.
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The core workforce of the Fraunhofer IST in Hamburg.

Foundation of the Fraunhofer IST in Hamburg

Surface technology is attracting rapidly-growing industrial interest. One focus of the work is the field of carbon coatings and their diverse modifications.

1994

The first plants reaches Braunschweig.
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The first plants reaches Braunschweig.

Relocation

The Fraunhofer IST moves from Hamburg to Braunschweig.

1996

Building of the IOPW at the TU Braunschweig.
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Building of the IOPW at the TU Braunschweig.

Cooperation with the TU Braunschweig

The Fraunhofer IST expands its expertise in the field of surface technology through close cooperation with the Institut für Oberflächentechnik und Plasmatechnische Werkstoffentwicklung (Institute for Surface Engineering and Plasma-Technology Materials Development, IOPW) of the Technische Universität Braunschweig.

1998

Large-area coating at the Fraunhofer IST.
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Large-area coating at the Fraunhofer IST.

New facilities

The Fraunhofer IST commences operation of a state-of-the-art cleaning facility for the entire process chain. Furthermore, the construction of a facility for large-area coating begins.

1999

The management of the Fraunhofer IST in 1999: Prof. Dr. Bräuer (left) and Prof. Dr. Klages.
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The management of the Fraunhofer IST in 1999: Prof. Dr. Bräuer (left) and Prof. Dr. Klages.

New institute management

Prof. Dr. Günter Bräuer takes over the management of the Fraunhofer IST.

2003

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Cooperations

Professor Bräuer takes over the management of the Institut für Oberflächentechnik und Plasmatechnische Werkstoffentwicklung IOPW (Institute for Surface Engineering and Plasma-Technology Materials Development) at the TU Braunschweig.

2004

Plasma lion.
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Plasma lion.

International attention

The leading role of the Fraunhofer IST in plasma technology is confirmed by the study commissioned by the BMBF and carried out by the Institute for Applied Economic Research at the University of Tübingen into the evaluation of plasma technology.

2009

Coating of ceramic face seals with diamond by hot-wire activated chemical vapor deposition.
© Fraunhofer IST, Rainer Meier, BFF Wittmar
Coating of ceramic face seals with diamond by hot-wire activated chemical vapor deposition.

Award-winning

Scientists of the Fraunhofer IST are awarded the Technology Transfer Prize 2009 from the Braunschweig Chamber of Industry and Commerce for their successful work on the development, application and transfer of the material composite diamond-coated ceramics - DiaCer® for ceramic seals. One year later, the awarding of the Science Prize of the Stifterverband (association for the promotion of science) follows.

2010

The Fraunhofer IST in Braunschweig.
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The Fraunhofer IST in Braunschweig.

Inauguration of the new building

After a construction period of three years, the new Fraunhofer IST building can be used for everything from the cleaning and pretreatment of the workpieces through to coating on an industrial scale.

2011

Atmospheric-pressure plasma treatment at the Fraunhofer IST: Improved stem cell growth on the surfaces of plasma-coated bags.
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Atmospheric-pressure plasma treatment at the Fraunhofer IST: Improved stem cell growth on the surfaces of plasma-coated bags.

Selected Place of Ideas

For the cultivation system for stem-cell research “Plasma im Beutel” (Plasma in a bag), the Fraunhofer IST receives the award of “Selected Place of Ideas 2011” in the nationwide innovation competition “365 Orte im Land der Ideen“ (365 places in the land of ideas).

2012

Das Anwendungszentrum für Plasma und Photonik des Fraunhofer IST am Standort Göttingen.
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Das Anwendungszentrum für Plasma und Photonik des Fraunhofer IST am Standort Göttingen.

Application Center for Plasma and Photonics

Under the motto “Two Fraunhofer institutes - two application centers”, the festive inauguration of the new application centers of the two Braunschweig Fraunhofer institutes IST and WKI takes place. The Fraunhofer IST Application Center for Plasma and Photonics in Göttingen has set itself the goal of utilizing customized plasma technology in order to develop innovative solutions for the application areas of hygiene, the environment, health, bioengineering, energy technology and production.

2018

Management of Fraunhofer IST
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The institute management of the Fraunhofer IST, Professor Dr. Christoph Herrmann (right) and Professor Dr. Günter Bräuer

New member of the institute management

Professor Dr. Christoph Herrmann, Dean of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the TU Braunschweig, accepts the call of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and, on 1st November 2018, becomes a member of the institute management of the Fraunhofer IST, alongside Professor Dr. Günter Bräuer.

2019

Electrodes for the production of all battery cells.
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Electrodes for the production of battery cells.

Research platform for energy storage systems

Together with the Fraunhofer institutes IKTS and IFAM, the Fraunhofer IST is participating in the Fraunhofer Project Center for Energy Storage and Management Systems ZESS.