Fraunhofer IFAM

Fraunhofer IFAM is a research institute and part of the Fraunhofer Society. It has its expertise in the fields of adhesive bonding technology, surfaces, shaping and functional materials and works together with industry as well as in national and international research projects. In this project, the departments of Paint and Lacquer Technology and Plasma Technology and Surfaces are involved.

Founded in 1968 and integrated into the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in 1974, the Fraunhofer IFAM is one of the most important research institutions in Europe for adhesive bonding technology, surfaces, shaping and functional materials. At our institute’s five locations – Bremen, Dresden, Stade, Wolfsburg and Braunschweig as well as at the Test Center for Martime Technologies on Helgoland – we put our central principles into practice: scientific excellence, a focus on the application of technology, measurable utility for customers and ensuring the highest quality.

Our round about 700 employees, working in 20 departments and working groups, combine their broad technological and scientific knowledge and expertise into core competencies: Metallic Materials; Polymeric Materials; Surface Technology; Adhesive Bonding; Shaping and Functionalization; Electromobility; and Automation and Digitalization.

These core competencies - both individually and in combination with each other – are not only the basis of our strong position in the research market but also of future-forward developments that will be useful for society.

Most of the products, processes, and technologies we develop are for sectors where sustainability is particularly important, namely for the aviation industry, automotive sector, energy technologies, medical technology and life sciences and maritime technologies . The solutions developed at Fraunhofer IFAM are, however, also used in various other branches of industry including machinery and plant construction, electronics and electrical engineering, shipbuilding, rail vehicle manufacture, the packaging industry, and the construction sector.


Fraunhofer IFAM as a research organization will be doing material development in the field of protective coatings for electrical components, adhesion promotion by plasma polymeric coatings and the investigation of protective properties like corrosion inhibition and barrier against harmful gases and liquids. Furthermore the support of test development for simulation of hash environments and the evaluation of test results of the new coating formulations belongs to the tasks of Fraunhofer IFAM.

The contribution in iRel4.0 is mainly concentrated to the technical WP 3 Advanced Functional Materials and Interfaces, with a task lead in task 3.1.3 and further contribution to task 3.1.4.

Fraunhofer IFAM also has a Use Case lead for the Use Case UC E-3 “Material development and testing for component protection” which is the link between the tasks 3.1.3 and 3.4.1 and includes the work of the “Joint Research Group” constisting of KAI, TU Wien, University of Bremen and Fraunhofer IFAM.

It will furthermore contribute to WP7 Dissemination, Exploitations and Standardization.

Fraunhofer IFAM is a member of the Joint Research Group with KAI, TU Wien and University of Bremen.

Key contribution

Fraunhofer IFAM will develop and examine a novel protection coating system against the diffusion of water, electrolyte solutions and oxygen for microelectronic devices, mostly microchips, based on barrier pigments. This coating shall minimize the risk of corrosion on the microelectronic components, which leads to defects or total failure. Another technology that will be addressed is the application of active corrosion inhibitors, which block the anode and cathode reaction in order to give additional protection in case of violation of the coating.

Furthermore, the combination of these materials with plasma polymeric layers will be investigated and adapted according to the needs. Prototypically coated components will be provided to the project partners for further testing and the optimization of testing methods.

Fraunhofer IFAM

Wiener Straße 12
28359 Bremen
Phone: 0049 421 2246 0