The Fraunhofer IST, one of the leading German research establishments in the sector of surface technology, is your competent contact in all questions for thin film technology. The Fraunhofer IST as an industry-oriented R&D service centre bundles competences in the range of production, appliance and characterization of coating. Above 80 co-workers, engineers as well as consulting engineers work on distributing new or improved functions for surfaces of different basic materials. Thus market-driven products ought to be created and quickly realized in the industrial practice.


The institution operates on the business area engineering and automotive engineering, tools, energy, glass and facade, optics, information and communication as well as man and environment. For the adaptation of these areas the institution uses its competences in the following sectors: 

  • low pressure process
  • electrical and optical surface
  • super-hard surface
  • plastic metallization
  • atmospheric pressure process
  • micro- and nano technology
  • friction decrease and armouring
  • corrosion prevention
  • analytics and testing action