Finding solutions together

The interaction of your know-how with our thirst for research and knowledge results in great innovations and individual applications.


This is how an idea becomes a product:

With state-of-the-art technological equipment, strong cooperations and the experience of our scientists, we at Fraunhofer IAF find solutions to your questions. We develop individual processes, demonstrators and prototypes or carry out measurements for you.

In constant exchange with our industrial customers and partners, we constantly adapt our research. The concrete application of our developments is always the overriding goal. Tailored to individual needs and specific questions, we accompany our customers from the initial idea to the market-ready product.


Who is Fraunhofer IAF already working with?  

In order to implement complex and extensive projects, Fraunhofer IAF also calls in external partners or licensees.

Competences can be bundled in clusters and alliances. In addition to industry and universities, non-university research institutes are also involved, which can make important contributions to the relevant topic area.

Bundled knowledge

Fraunhofer IAF is represented in the following alliances and clusters:

Sustainability Center (LZN)

A cooperation between the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg and the five Freiburg institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Institute for Sustainable Technical Systems (INATECH)

At INATECH, engineering and scientific solutions are sought in the context of current challenges of sustainable development.

Research Fab Microelectronics Germany

A cooperation model consisting of 13 institutes with the aim of strengthening the position of the European semiconductor and electronics industry in global competition.

Fraunhofer Group for Defense and Security Research

A group whose aim is the reliable functioning of protection and safety systems.

Fraunhofer Group Microelectronics

A research and development provider for smart systems that bundles many years of experience and expertise as part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Fraunhofer UK Research

Cooperation with the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics CAP in Glasgow.


A cooperation with Fraunhofer IAF offers you:  


  • Cooperation: tailor-made!
    At Fraunhofer IAF, we work on large-scale projects whose duration can extend over several years, as well as smaller projects whose goals are concretely defined and can be implemented quickly. Our customers and project partners are small and medium-sized enterprises as well as global corporations.

  • Bundled technological and personnel competencies
    Customers have access to the complete expertise of Fraunhofer IAF, which for example offers the best possible solutions for projects across different material and process boundaries.

  • Your inquiry in focus
    We offer contract research in which we as your partner can specifically respond to your inquiry with an external view.

  • Cost-effective solutions
    Our processes save resources for our partners, especially when compared with in-house research

  • Protected environment
    Confidentiality plays an increased role in our work and the protection of your data is our top priority.

Successful stories

Successful cooperations of Fraunhofer IAF


Quantum cascade lasers for better product quality

Cooperation with Fraunhofer IPMS for laser-based measuring systems


Amplifiers for data rates up to 1 Gbit/s

Designing the 5th generation of mobile communication with Nokia


Microwave amplifiers for precise weather forecasts

Satellite-based earth observation in cooperation with ESA


The spin-offs of the institute commercialize and optimize innovative developments of IAF. They independently realize and distribute products made of diamond and III/V compound semiconductors.


Diamond Materials GmbH

Diamond Materials GmbH was founded in 2004. It produces and processes high-purity CVD diamond wafers.

DILAS Semiconductor

The company specializes in the development and production of optoelectronic components based on the III/V compound semiconductors GaAs and GaSb.