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Fraunhofer-Institut für Schicht- und Oberflächentechnik (IST)
Bienroder Weg 54 E
38108 Braunschweig, Germany

Phone: +49 531 2155-0
Fax: +49 531 2155-900


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Number of employees101-500
Year of foundation1990
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As an industry oriented R&D service center, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST is pooling competencies in the areas film deposition, coating application, film characterization, and surface analysis. A large number of scientists, engineers, and technicians are busily working to provide various types of surfaces with new or improved functions and, as a result, help create innovative marketable products.

In line with the cross-sectional character of coatings and surface technologies the institute cooperates with a large number of coating service providers, equipment manufacturers, and coating users from diverse industries like machinery, transportation, production technology, electronics, optics, information technology, energy, medical devices, and biotechnology to name just the most important ones.

On an office and laboratory area of more than 4000 square meters 100 tenured employees are addressing a variety of research projects. Its capabilities are supplemented by the competencies of other institutes from the »Fraunhofer Surface Technology and Photonics Alliance«. Many projects are supported by funding through the Land Niedersachsen, the federal government, the European Union, and other institutions.

Important goals of the Fraunhofer IST are

  • the rapid transfer of innovative solutions from application oriented research and development to the industrial praxis,
  • the establishment of new future oriented technologies in the market place and
  • the transfer of these innovative technologies to small and medium sized companies.

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