Research Institutions

Außenstelle des Fraunhofer-Instituts..., CottbusResearch Institution, Photonics and Quantum Technologies for Communication and Sensors, Biophotonics and Ophalmic Optics, Microelectronic and Mikrosystems Technology

Micro actuators and sensors are the fundamentals of miniaturized, intelligent and networked systems. Since 2012, a completely new type of powerful actuators has been developed and tested in the project group Mesoscopic Actuators and Systems MESYS of the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS in cooperation with the Brandenburg University of Technology BTU Cottbus - Senftenberg. Electrostatic actuators are used to move plates or bend cantilevers and therefore deflect light or laser beams, move liquids or generate ultrasound. The researchers aim is to solve fundamental problems and limitations of conventional electrostatic actuators, for which large deflections can only be realized in combination with large dimensions and high energy consumption. Using a suitable lever principle, the researchers developed a new class of electrostatic bending actuators that of an extremely compact design, large deflections and no hysteresis. Using conventional silicon manufacturing processes, these new actuators can be integrated directly into semiconductor components and CMOS circuits, thus enabling cost-effective volume production. Thanks to high performance and scalability of the patented actuators, various fields of application and design possibilities can be adressed. Optical applications are, for example, high-precision positioning drives of micro-tilt mirrors or lens systems for laser beam deflection, pico projectors, 3D-endoscopes or microscopic applications. NED-actuators are also suitable as optical switches or the highly precise positioning of optical waveguides. Furthermore, a variety of non-optical applications can be addressed, such as micro pumps and valves for microfluidic systems or as miniaturized loudspeakers for hearing aids, smartphones and wearables. Contrary to existing micromechanical loudspeakers NED-based speakers offer both an extremely compact design and high performance.

Außenstelle des Fraunhofer-Instituts für Photonische Mikrosysteme IPMS an der BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

Postfach 101344
3046 Cottbus

T: 0355/692441
Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung..., BerlinResearch Institution, Photonics and Quantum Technologies for Communication and Sensors, Optical Analytics, Biophotonics and Ophalmic Optics

BAM improves safety in technology and chemistry through research and development, testing, analysis, approvals, advice and information. Based on research work and long-term expert knowledge BAM department 6 (Materials Protection and Surface Technology) contributes to the functional reliability of technical products, constructions and plants which are subject to complex mechanical, chemical, physical, thermal or climate exposure. Optical methods and processes are used in divisions 6.4, 6.7, and 6.8.

Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)

Unter den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin

T: 030 8104-1609
Brandenburgische Technische..., SenftenbergResearch Institution, Lighting Technology, Optical Analytics

- Development and Analysis of optical protection layers for organic and anorganic semiconductor products and circuits
- Characterization and Evaluation of the reliability and forecast of the life time of optical devices and devices under optical irradiation with regards to wavelength and intensity of light
- characterization of optical devices, light sources with respect to efficiency and optical performance using an integrating sphere up to 120cm in diameter
- generation of ELUMDAT files based on the optical results and performance of the optical devices
- development of methods for optical failure analysis e.g. hot spot thermography und emission microscopy

Brandenburgische Technische Universität (BTU) Cottbus-Senftenberg

Universitätsplatz 1
1968 Senftenberg

T: 03573 85 506 o.0357385523
Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung..., Berlin


Research at division Biophotonics focuses on optical spectroscopic methods for spectrally, time-, and spatial resolved measurements and the characterization of the interaction of matter and light, for example for applications in materials research, optical technologies, nano- and nanobiophotonics, bioanalytics, medicine, environmental chemistry, pharmacy, bioengineering, and biotechnology. Current research activities include the design, the traceable spectroscopic and photophysical characterization, and applications of functional organic, inorganic, molecular and nanoscale systems and hybrid nanoscale materials such as organic and metallo-organic chromophores, luminescent nanocrystals, luminophore-doped nanoparticles and their bioconjugates. 

The overall goals of this research are to utilize these materials as optical reporters, probes and sensors e.g., in material, bioanalytics, and bioimaging as well as to answer fundamental questions regarding underlying photophysical principles, to develop multiplexing and barcoding strategies, and to further develop their areas of application. This includes the absolute measurement of the performance parameter photoluminescence quantum yield and the characterization of the optical properties of transparent and scattering luminescent systems like solutions, particle dispersions, films, and solids. Another research area presents the methodical developments of surface functionalization procedures and functional group and ligand analysis and quantification on 2D- and 3D-supports, signal enhancement strategies, and the interaction with biological systems. This also comprises of the development of innovative optical-spectroscopic methods for bioanalytical and material sciences applications. 

In the working area standardization of optical measurements with focus on fluorescence techniques, we develop quality assurance and standardization concepts and validate spectroscopic methods for bioanalytical and material sciences applications. This includes the development of traceable standards, certified reference materials, and versatile calibration tools for instrument characterization in different measurement geometries and the determination of fluorometric parameters. Also, custom-designed solutions for such concepts and standards are provided.


Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung (BAM); Division 1.2 Biophotonics

Dr. Ute Resch-Genger
Richard-Willstätter-Str. 11
12489 Berlin

T: +49 (0)30 / 81045574
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und..., BerlinResearch Institution, Laser Technology, Photonics and Quantum Technologies for Communication and Sensors, Optical Analytics, Microelectronic and Mikrosystems Technology

The main expertise of this Institute is the development of intelligent sensors and data processing software solutions for commercial, industrial and scientific purposes.

Some of the Institute key products and applications are shown in the figure above, these application are used today for the latest airborne and satellite technology. The knowledge and spin-offs gained from such products have been passed on to commercial and industrial users, and are now used for technology transfer projects for commercial and industrial purposes.

The institute is also dedicated to scientific and research activities, for this education and technology transfer plays a major role, the institute is currently involved with partnerships with global universities and fellow institutes in conducting international summer schools for students, and encouraging and promoting student transfer and scholarships for PhD students.

The Institute also defines and develops geometrically and/or spectral high-resolution sensor systems in the visible and infrared area of the electromagnetic radiation as well as the thematic real time processing of picture data for information relevant for users for strategically purposes. The operational application for such sensors requires an extensive autonomy which allows the independent operating of the system which is used in the development and building of small satellites.

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR) Institut für Optische Sensorsysteme

Rutherfordstraße 2
12489 Berlin

T: +49 30 67055-509
Ferdinand-Braun-Institut,..., BerlinResearch Institution, Laser Technology, Photonics and Quantum Technologies for Communication and Sensors, Optical Analytics, Microelectronic and Mikrosystems Technology

The Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut fuer Hoechstfrequenztechnik (FBH) researches electronic and optical components, modules and systems based on compound semiconductors. These devices are key enablers that address the needs of today’s society in fields like communications, energy, health and mobility. Specifically, FBH develops light sources from the visible to the ultra-violet spectral range: high-power diode lasers with excellent beam quality, UV light sources and hybrid laser systems. Applications range from medical technology, high-precision metrology and sensors to optical communications in space. In the field of microwaves, FBH develops high-efficiency multi-functional power amplifiers and millimeter wave frontends targeting energy-efficient mobile communications as well as car safety systems. In addition, compact atmospheric microwave plasma sources are devellopped for medical applications or surface coating.

The FBH is a competence center for III-V compound semiconductors and has a strong international reputation. FBH competence covers the full range of capabilities, from design to fabrication to device characterization.

In close cooperation with industry, its research results lead to cutting-edge products. The institute also successfully turns innovative product ideas into spin-off companies. Thus, working in strategic partnerships with industry, FBH assures Germany’s technological excellence in microwave and optoelectronic research.

The Ferdinand-Braun-Institut develops high-value products and services for its partners in the research community and industry which are tailored precisely to fit individual needs. The institute offers its international customer base complete solutions and know-how as a one-stop agency – from design to ready-to-ship modules.

Research topics &amp competencies:

  • Diode lasers
  • Gallium nitride optoelectronics
  • Microwave components &amp systems
  • Gallium nitride electronics
  • Materials and process technology

Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut fuer Hoechstfrequenztechnik (FBH)

Gustav-Kirchhoff-Str. 4
12489 Berlin

T: +49 (0)30 / 6932-2602
Fraunhofer-Institut für..., BerlinResearch Institution

Das Fraunhofer IPK in Berlin steht seit über 35 Jahren für Exzellenz in der Produktionswissenschaft. Es betreibt angewandte Forschung und Entwicklung für die gesamte Prozesskette produzierender Unternehmen – von der Produktentwicklung über den Produktionsprozess, die Instandhaltung von Investitionsgütern und die Wiederverwertung von Produkten bis hin zu Gestaltung und Management von Fabrikbetrieben. Zudem übertragen wir produktionstechnische Lösungen in Anwendungsgebiete außerhalb der Industrie, etwa in die Bereiche Medizin, Verkehr und Sicherheit. Analog dazu gliedert sich das Institut in die sieben Geschäftsfelder Unternehmensmanagement, Virtuelle Produktentstehung, Produktionssysteme, Füge- und Beschichtungstechnik, Automatisierungstechnik, Qualitätsmanagement sowie Medizintechnik. Eine enge Zusammenarbeit der Geschäftsfelder ermöglicht die Bearbeitung auch sehr komplexer Themen.

Als Institut der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft orientieren wir unsere Arbeit eng am Bedarf unserer Kunden und Partner: Mit markt- und praxisnaher FuE tragen wir dazu bei, ihre Wettbewerbsfähigkeit nachhaltig zu verbessern. Wir entwickeln zukunftsorientiert neue Lösungen und modernisieren, optimieren und erweitern existierende Technologien und Anwendungen. Dabei ist unser Ziel, ökonomische Erwägungen mit den Maximen Ressourceneffizienz, Nachhaltigkeit und Umweltverträglichkeit in Einklang zu bringen. Neben der Auftragsforschung entwickeln wir im Rahmen von Vorlaufprojekten innovative Konzepte für die Produktion von morgen. Dabei entstehende Basisinnovationen überführen wir gemeinsam mit Partnern in marktreife Produkte.

Wissenschaftliche Partner

Sie finden uns unter einem Dach mit dem Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Fabrikbetrieb IWF der TU Berlin im Produktionstechnischen Zentrum (PTZ) am Charlottenburger Spreebogen. Seit der Gründung des Fraunhofer IPK sind die beiden Institute durch eine enge Kooperation verbunden. Das versetzt das PTZ in die einzigartige Lage, die gesamte wissenschaftliche Innovationskette von der Grundlagenforschung über anwendungsorientierte Expertise bis hin zur Einsatzreife abdecken zu können. Über die gemeinsame Entwicklung von Prototypen etwa können effizient universitäre Forschungsergebnisse für die betriebliche Praxis aufbereitet und angeboten werden.

Weitere enge Partner des Fraunhofer IPK sind die BAM – Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung und die Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Das Fraunhofer IPK betreibt gemeinsam mit der Charité das »Berliner Zentrum für Mechatronische Medizintechnik« (BZMM). Darin arbeiten Ingenieure und Mediziner eng zusammen, sodass technische Entwicklung und klinische Evaluierung aus einer Hand angeboten werden können. Die Kooperation mit der BAM ermöglicht nicht nur die gemeinsame Nutzung technischer Anlagen, sondern auch eine ganzheitliche Beratung von Kunden und Partnern im Bereich Fügeverfahren, die Fragen der Wirtschaftlichkeit ebenso einschließt wie Sicherheitsaspekte.

Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionsanlagen und Konstruktionstechnik (IPK)

Pascalstr. 8-9
10587 Berlin

T: +49 (0)30 / 39006-0
Fraunhofer-Institut für Zelltherapie..., Potsdam OT GolmResearch Institution, Optical Analytics, Biophotonics and Ophalmic Optics, Microelectronic and Mikrosystems Technology

Fraunhofer HHI does research and development in the areas of photonic components and networks, fiber optic sensor systems, mobile networks, and video coding and transmission. With our 300 employees and 200 students, we focus on enabling the continuous growth of internet traffic, and on developing new sensor technologies for various applications. Due to our long standing history in research, nowadays every internet user is in contact – without knowing – with our technologies: Every second bit transported in the internet is a H.264 or H.265 encoded movie. HHI is a major contributor to these standards, which are installed on about two billion devices. Every second bit transported in the internet also touches on of our photonic components, which serve as optoelectronic converters in the nodes of the network.

Fraunhofer-Institut für Zelltherapie und Immunologie IZI-BB

Am Mühlenberg 13
14476 Potsdam OT Golm

T: 0331 58187200