PLYMOUTH (WWJ) — Fraunhofer USA is proud to announce that its research center, the Fraunhofer Center for Coatings and Laser Applications and its research partner, Michigan State University, are celebrating their 10th year of collaboration.

CCL focuses its research on laser materials processing, and diamond materials and coatings. Its business is based on strong industry connections and collaborations.

The collaboration with Michigan State began in 2002, under the direction of MSU professor Jes Asmussen, an international expert in diamond coatings, plasma system technology and microwave processing of materials.

Asmussen’s research deals with applications of microwave discharges, plasma processing, the theory, modeling and development electron cyclotron resonance plasma, ion and free radical sources, plasma assisted thin film deposition and etching, plasma assisted CVD synthesis of diamond and diamond film applications, microwave sintering and curing of materials, development of industrial plasma and material processing machines.

This 10-year collaboration with MSU is one of several Fraunhofer-university partnerships, including the University of Michigan, the University of Connecticut, the University of Maryland, Boston University, the University of Delaware and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“The Center for Coatings and Laser Applications is not only mutually beneficial to the partners but also provides applied research services to many companies in Michigan,” said William Hartman, executive vice president of Fraunhofer USA Inc. “We are proud to be contributing to the economic development in Michigan, the location of our corporate headquarters since our beginning in 1994.”

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is an organization for applied research, and its research activities are conducted by 66 Fraunhofer Institutes located throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of about 22,000 who work with an annual research budget totaling 1.9 billion euros.

Fraunhofer USA is a subsidiary of Fraunhofer with its headquarters in Plymouth. Fraunhofer USA, a 501(c)3 non-profit research organization, operates labs in fuel cell technology, sustainable energy, biotechnology, computer security, manufacturing innovation, laser technology, and industrial coatings. More at


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