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

High frequency circuits for communication technology, energy-efficient voltage converter modules for electromobility, laser systems for spectroscopy, innovative hardware for quantum computing and diamond-based quantum sensors – this is only a small selection of the developments with which Fraunhofer IAF is advancing the research and 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
  • STAFF: 289
  • TOTAL BUDGET: 45,2 Mio. €
  • INVESTMENTS: 8,5 Mio. €
  • RESEARCH: Electronic and optical components based on III-V semiconductors
  • COOPERATIONS: approx. 170 partners in Industry and Research
    • Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics
    • Fraunhofer Segment for Defense & Security VVS
    • Affiliated Partners
The new laboratory building in front of the main building of Fraunhofer IAF.
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The new laboratory building in front of the main building of Fraunhofer IAF. The passerelle leads from the laboratory building to the new MOCVD-hall.

Management of the Institute

Picture of Patricie Merkert and Rüdiger Quay, both laughing and looking at the camera
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Dr. Patricie Merkert and Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Quay


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Dr. Jutta Kühn

Deputy Director

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Advisory Board


Experts from industry, universities and the federal ministries evaluate the research program of Fraunhofer IAF, advising the Management of the Institute 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.