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 ISTs "product" is the surface, optimized by modification, patterning, and/or 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 Application Center for Plasma and Photonics in Göttingen deals with mobile plasma sources and laser plasma hybrid processes. The Application Centre focusses on researching new, application-oriented fields in the area of plasma technologies under atmospheric pressure, photonics and the development of tailor-made plasma sources. Key topics are the environment, optics, hygiene, health, production and energy.