As an innovative R&D partner the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST offers complete solutions in surface engineering which are developed in cooperation with customers from industry and research. The IST's 'product' is the surface, optimized by modification, patterning, and coating for applications in the business units mechanical engineering, tools and automotive technology, aerospace, energy and electronics, optics, and also life science and ecology. The principle technology units at the IST are low pressure plasma processes, chemical vapor deposition and atmospheric pressure processes. Based on cold atmospheric pressure plasma technology the Fraunhofer IST develops films, processes and tools in the fields of medicine, hygiene and medical engineering as well as in microbiology and cell culture technology. Experience with thin-film deposition and applications is complemented by capabilities in surface analysis and in simulating vacuum-based processes.