Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik (IWS)

The portfolio of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden (Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS) includes two overlapping working areas: the laser and the surface technology.

The development of technologies and systems with tailored laser light and the engineering of functional surfaces are both thrilling research areas with fantastic opportunities for the future.

The research and development work at the Fraunhofer IWS is based on a solid materials science background and extensive technical capabilities for materials and component characterization. Materials are a central key element of today's manufacturing technology. On the other hand, the field of nanotechnology is increasingly gaining importance in both materials development and manufacturing e. g. for

  • Carbon Coatings
  • Chemical surface technology
  • Complex material and component characterization
  • Nanotubes and nano particles
  • Micro Processing
  • Plasma- and reaction technology
  • Printing technologies
  • Process monitoring
  • PVD coatings
  • Surface Functionalization
  • X-ray and EUV optics / Nanolayer Systems

The Fraunhofer IWS closely works with equipment and system manufacturers to offer one-stop-solutions. These solutions are usually derived from novel concepts, which are based on the holis-tic analysis of manufacturing systems, processes, materials and component performance. The IWS continuously expands its facilities, which guarantees an efficient project execution utilizing state-of-the-art and high-tech equipment.

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Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik (IWS)
Winterbergstraße 28
01277 Dresden



Prof. Dr. Andreas Leson
phone: +49 351 83391-3317
fax: +49 351 83391-3310