Research Institutions

Fraunhofer-Institut für…, BerlinResearch Institution, Laser Technology, Lighting Technology, Photonics and Quantum Technologies for Communication and Sensors, Optical Analytics, Biophotonics and Ophalmic Optics, Microelectronic and Mikrosystems Technology

Fraunhofer IZM specializes in industry-oriented applied research. Fraunhofer IZM develops assembly and interconnection technology, also known as electronic/photonic packaging. Almost invisible and undervalued by many, electronic packaging is at the heart of every electronic application. Our technologies connect the individual components, protect components and devices from vibration and moisture, and reliably dissipate heat. Fraunhofer IZM thus ensures that electronic devices continue to function reliably in even the harshest conditions – we even integrate electronics into golf balls. Modern packaging technologies make developing smaller and smaller products possible. We process ICs thinner than a sheet of paper.

The business area Photonics combines Fraunhofer IZM’s skills and know-how to tackle challenges in telecommunication, data communication, light generation, materials processing and optical sensors.
We pursue different goals in each of these areas. In communication, broadband capacity, power efficiency, high, heterogeneous packaging density are the main focus, while in lighting, we aim to improve high power density, thermal management, multifunctional integration, wavelength conversion and beam guiding. In sensor technology, application-specific heterointegration of excitation source, sensor and analysis electronics take center-stage. However, three goals are pursued across all these areas: volume adjusted manufacturing technology, cost-efficiency and high yield.

Fraunhofer-Institut für Zuverlässigkeit und Mikrointegration (IZM)

Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25
13355 Berlin

T: +49 (30) 46403-219
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für…, BerlinResearch Institution, Laser Technology, Optical Analytics, Microelectronic and Mikrosystems Technology

Synchrotronstrahltechnik, non-university research, research and development, scientific facilities

Business focus
The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin operates two scientific large scale facilities for investigating the structure and function of matter: the research reactor BER II for experiments with neutrons and the synchrotron radiation source BESSY II, producing an ultra bright photon beam ranging from Terahertz to hard X-rays.

Accelerator development and operation, development of photon and neutron optics Research: Magnetic Materials, Functional Materials, Materials for Solar Energy Technology Research Methods: High-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy (PES), Infrared and terahertz spectroscopy, Photoemission Electron Microscopy (PEEM), Soft X-ray Emission Spectroscopy (SXA, SXE, RIXS), X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS, NEXAFS, EXAFS), X-ray microscopy.

Technology Fields
Photonics and Optical Technologies

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH

Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1
14109 Berlin

T: +49 (0)30 / 8062-12945
Hochschule für Technik und…, BerlinResearch Institution, Laser Technology

The HTW offers an impressive range of study programmes in five different departments spanning fields from engineering, computer science and economics, to culture and design. Traditional applied sciences like mechanical engineering, automotive engineering and business administration go hand-in-hand with more contemporary and innovative studies such as Information Technology/Networked Systems, Life Science Engineering, Environmental Engineering/Regenerative Energies and Microsystems Technology.

Let us consider the closer microsystems technology. Today this item is penetrating nearly every area of everyday life. Automotive technology, multimedia, medical engineering, bioengineering and genetic engineering, environmental protection – highly complex microsystems can be found everywhere. This study programme at the HTW Berlin runs for seven terms during one of which company placement is done. Apart from imparting students with solid skills in the core areas of engineering, it also provides access to modern simulation and CAD technology, computer science, electronics, sensors and microtechnology.

The HTW Berlin is regularly distinguished for the high quality of its study programmes. Students who wish to spend a part of their studies abroad will find that the HTW offers ideal conditions: it cultivates ties with over 100 other universities worldwide, thus maintaining strong bonds with collaborative partners.

The HTW encourages research and development projects on a wide range spectrum. Within Berlin, the Federal Republic of Germany and Europe, the HTW works together with small and medium-sized businesses, unions, administrations, associations, research and training institutions, and other individuals to fulfill these objectives and goals.

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin (HTW Berlin)

Wilhelminenhofstraße 75A
12459 Berlin

T: +49 (0)30 / 5019-3298
innoFSPEC Potsdam, PotsdamResearch Institution, Photonics and Quantum Technologies for Communication and Sensors, Optical Analytics, Biophotonics and Ophalmic Optics

The centre for innovation competence innoFSPEC Potsdam pursues multidisciplinary research in the field of innovative fibre-optical spectroscopy and sensing. As a joint initiative of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) and the Physical Chemistry group of Potsdam University (UPPC), innoFSPEC unites competences in the areas of imaging multichannel spectroscopy, fibre-optical chemical sensing and multidimensional data processing. Aside from physical-chemical analysis of gases, nano- and microstructured materials like emulsions and suspensions, chemical and biotechnological processes as well as medical applications, astrophotonic components (e.g. complex Fibre-Bragg Gratings) for astrophysical applications are within the focus of interest. Also du to its excellent experimental facilities, innoFSPEC enjoys vivid collaborations with many regional, national and international partners from academia and industry alike.

innoFSPEC Potsdam

An der Sternwarte 16
14482 Potsdam

T: 0331 7499 6229
Institut für angewandte Photonik…, BerlinResearch Institution, Optical Analytics

Non-profit private industrial research institute, realisation of projects in the field of fundamental and applied research especially in Photonics, X-ray physics and X-ray technology. Main competence: X-ray analytics for technological process control Photonic crystal fibres for laser applications. Organisation of workshops, conferences and exhibitions in these fields also for further education. Since 2001 every two years the conference PRORA “X-ray analytics for technological process control will be organised by IAP including an industrial exhibition of leading manufacturers of instruments for scientific and industrial applications, participants mainly from Germany and other European countries.

Institut für angewandte Photonik e.V.

Rudower Chaussee 31
12489 Berlin

T: +49 (0)30 / 6392 6503
Institute for Thin Film and…, TeltowResearch Institution

The Institute for Thin Film and Microsensoric Technologies (IDM) is a non-profit research organisation specialized on customer-specific research and development in material sciences. One of the main research topics focuses on the development of functional polymers for applications in optical technologies. Research and development activities cover chemical synthesis of functional materials for optical and sensor systems, polymer processing, structuring and replication techniques as well as development of funcional devices for optical and sensor applications. IDM offers material development, processing and development of optical devices from one source. Among key activities the development of special materials for lithography and all-optical fabrication of diffractive optical elements should be mentioned. The IDM offers customer-specific synthesis of organic and polymeric materials.

Institute for Thin Film and Microsensoric Technologies (IDM)

Kantstraße 55
14513 Teltow

T: +49 (0)3328 / 33 46-0
Leibniz Institute for Analytical…, BerlinResearch Institution, Optical Analytics, Biophotonics and Ophalmic Optics, Microelectronic and Mikrosystems Technology

The Leibniz-Institute for Analytical Sciences – ISAS provides innovative solutions for analytical challenges in modern material and life sciences. The range of our scientific works reaches from fundamental research via developing analytical procedures, techniques and instruments through prototype manufacturing to validation and testing of the results. Thus, we can directly implement methodic developments into new applications. The institute unites scientists from various fields under one roof: e.g. physicists, chemists, biologists and engineers. We are closely connected to the Universities in Dortmund (TU Dortmund), Bochum (Ruhr-University Bochum) and Berlin (TU Berlin) by joint professorships. Our research is geared to the key topics of material science and optical technologies and biomedical research and technologies.
In the Berlin department of ISAS optical spectroscopy is developed for material- interface- and process- analytics. Applications range from analysis of minutest amounts of material to particularly interfaces and nanostructures. Polarisation dependent optical spectroscopy- at ISAS employed in the spectral range from the far IR to vacuum-UV - gives information about composition, structure and electronic properties of a system. Apart from inorganic nanostructures particularly organic molecules as “predefined” units in functional layers and at interfaces become increasingly im-portant. Such structures are technologically important for instance in sensorics, biotechnology, photovoltaics and optoelectronics.

Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences – ISAS e.V.

Schwarzschildstr. 8
12489 Berlin

T: +49 (0)30 / 6392 3530
Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics…, PotsdamResearch Institution

The key topics of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics.The AIP is a foundation according to civil law and is a member of the Leibniz Association. The Leibniz Association is a network of 87 independent research institutes and scientific service facilities, which strive for scientific solutions for major social challenges.

Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)

An der Sternwarte 16
14482 Potsdam

T: + 49 (0)331 / 74 99 0
Leibniz-Institut für…, BerlinResearch Institution, Laser Technology, Lighting Technology, Photonics and Quantum Technologies for Communication and Sensors, Optical Analytics

The Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung (IKZ) in Berlin-Adlershof is an international state-of-the-art competence center for science & technology as well as service & transfer for innovations in and by crystalline materials. The R&D spectrum thereby ranges from basic over applied research activities up to pre-industrial research tasks.

Crystalline materials are key technology enabling components to provide electronic and photonic solutions for today´s and future challenges in society like artificial intelligence (communication, mobility etc.), energy (renewable energies, power conversion etc.) as well as health (medical diagnosis, modern surgical instruments etc.).

The IKZ provides innovations in crystalline materials by its combined in-house expertise on plant engineering, numerical simulations and crystal growth to achieve highest quality crystalline materials with tailored properties.

Nanostructures, thin films and volume crystals are investigated with the latter being the unique selling point of the institute. A strong theoretical and experimental materials science know-how is a strong asset for IKZ´s R&D activities.

Together with partners from institutes with technology platforms as well as industry companies, the institute will in future also drive innovations by crystalline materials, namely the reliable evaluation and benchmarking of innovative crystalline prototype materials for disruptive technology approaches.

Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung (IKZ)

Max-Born-Str. 2
12489 Berlin

T: +49 30 6392 3001
Max-Born-Institute for Nonlinear…, BerlinResearch Institution, Laser Technology, Optical Analytics

The Max-Born-Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI) conducts basic research in the field of nonlinear optics and ultrafast dynamics of lightmatter interactions. It pursues applications which emerge from this research. Ultrashort pulses in a wide spectral range from the far-infrared to hard x-rays, nonlinear phenomena and high intensities are key aspects of this mission for which lasers are both a topic and a tool of research.

The MBI is involved in a large variety of cooperative research projects with universities, research institutions and industrial partners. It offers its facilities and scientific know-how to external researchers within the framework of a guest program.

Max-Born-Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI)

Max-Born-Strasse 2A
12489 Berlin

T: +49 (0)30 / 63921402