About Fraunhofer IAF

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Fraunhofer IAF - your partner for state-of-the-art electronics and optoelectronics

High frequency circuits for communication technology, robust gallium nitride voltage converters for efficient use of regenerative energies, infrared and UV detectors, semiconductor lasers for the detection of hazardous substances, micro-sensors for gas and fluid analysis, or innovative diamond technologies – this is only a small selection of developments with which the Fraunhofer IAF advances research and the development of innovative semiconductor technologies.

Based on III-V semiconductors we develop electronic and optoelectronic devices for a wide range of applications. As one of the leading research facilities worldwide in the area of III-V semiconductors we cover the entire value chain: our core competences range from materials research, design, technology and circuits to modules and systems.


Location Freiburg
Foundation 1957
Staff 272
Total Budget
35.6 Mio. €
Investments 6.1 Mio. €

Electronic and optical components based on
III-V semiconductors

Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics
Fraunhofer Group for Defense and Security
Cooperations approx. 170 partners in Industry and Research

Executive Director

Prof. Dr. habil. Dr. rer. nat. Oliver Ambacher,
© Uni Freiburg, Photographer: Klaus Polkowski
Prof. Dr. habil. Dr. rer. nat. Oliver Ambacher, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF in Freiburg.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Oliver Ambacher

Executive Director

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Advisory Board


Experts from industry, universities and the federal ministries evaluate the research program of Fraunhofer IAF, advising the institute's director and the Executive Board of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.


How to work with us


A cooperation with us is possible in many ways – depending on your goal, type of business and budget. With state-of-the-art technological equipment, strong cooperations and the experience of our scientists, we at Fraunhofer IAF find solutions to your questions. Find out more here.


Research Fab Microelectronics Germany

The Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) is the largest cross-site R&D cooperation for micro and nanoelectronics in Europe. It offers a unique range of competences and infrastructures. We are proud to be part of it with our research on high frequency and high power electronics as well as optoelectronics.


Quality Management

Fraunhofer IAF uses a quality management system for its R&D activities which is certified by the TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH according to the internationally recognized standard DIN EN ISO 9001:2015.


Scientific Integrity

Scientifically experienced and qualified ombudspersons have been appointed in each Fraunhofer institute in order to contribute to the teaching of scientific integrity as well as to advise on conflicts in questions of good scientific practice.