Figures and Facts


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

Further Cooperations

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


The research of the Fraunhofer IAF is sorted into four specialist departments: epitaxy, technology, microelectronics and optoelectronics. There is a close exchange between these units as well as cooperation across departments in most research projects. All departments are organized into four to six teams.

Additionally, there are two infrastructural departments at the Fraunhofer IAF – administration and technical services – as well as two groups – information technology and quality management. The Institute Director is supported by the group Marketing & Communications.

In order to specifically target industry clients and partners, political actors, as well as partners in science, Fraunhofer IAF focuses its research activity on five business units: High Frequency Electronics, Power Electronics, Photodetectors, Semiconductor Lasers, and Diamond Devices.




We cooperate with industrial companies, universities, the Freiburg Sustainability Center, Fraunhofer UK Research and spin-offs.


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.


Research Fab Microelectronics Germany

This cross-location cooperation that was founded in April 2017 brings together the research and development infrastructure and the technological know-how of eleven Fraunhofer institutes from within the Group for Microlectronics with that of two Leibniz institutes – FBH and IHP.