Flexible Organic Electronics

The strengths of the Fraunhofer FEP Flexible Organic Electronics business unit are technological innovation and innovative product development through use of numerous processes and facilities as well as a dedicated clean room. Various coating technologies are available, such as vacuum vaporization of organic and inorganic materials, atomic layer deposition (ALD) along with printing and laminating processes as well as laser ablation. Many of these processes can be carried out without breaking vacuum, as well as in combination with inert atmospheres. The precursor and deposition technologies are supplemented by powerful measurement and characterization facilities optimized for the electrical and optical analysis of OLEDs, organic solar cells, and photodiodes.

Development work for flexible OLED modules takes place using individual arched substrates as well as on rolls of materials (roll-to-roll processing). Processing of rigid substrates such as glass or metal plate is likewise available.

The business unit offers its clients the development of processes and technologies for efficient and cost-effective fabrication of innovative OLED lighting solutions. Typical jobs involve client-specific layout and fabrication of OLED demonstration samples for investigating new fields of application, stacked-layer development and efficiency increases for OLEDs, as well as evaluation of barrier films and other materials for flexible OLEDs.

Our Services

Fraunhofer FEP offers comprehensive expertise covering fabrication and processing of flexible substrates using organic electronics along the entire value-added chain.

  • Marketing and feasibility studies, advice, and training
  • Conceptualization and planning of an R&D project complete with PM work packages, milestones, and costing
  • Process and technology development of OLED illumination on both rigid and flexible substrates
  • Substrate structuring with client-specific layouts
  • Vacuum coating
  • Wet and hybrid processes
  • Encapsulation
  • Characterization
  • Application integration and control using client-specific layouts
  • Demonstrator development and fabrication
  • Pilot fab availability for small runs
  • Process transfers to other fabrication firms
  • Licensing

This development work is augmented and supported by:

  • Acquisition and coordination of projects funded by the state and federal governments as well as by the European Union
  • Economic viability studies

Several pilot and research fabrication lines are available in the 300 m² class-10 clean room for R&D as well as for pilot-scale production of organic light-emitting diodes and solar cells. We develop for you the best-possible application and technology according to your requirements. In addition, various laboratories are available for characterization and analysis.

The virtual tour through our laboratories and the organic clean room gives you insight and further information about our equipment:


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Best of amazing organic electronics


Projektname Beschreibung
Pi-SCALE Shaping the future in OLED lighting
HI-LED Human-centric Intelligent LED engines for the take up of SSL in Europe
GLADIATOR Graphene Layers: Production, Characterization and Integration
R2D2 Roll to Device 2
Flex+ Open Innovation Platform
Insect Project Ein Entwicklungsprojekt im Rahmen von "flex+" zur Demonstration der Möglichkeiten flexibler Elektronik 
TREASORES Transparent Electrodes for Large Area, Large Scale Production of Organic Optoelectronic Devices
LOIGB LED- und OLED-Integration in Glas- und Kunststoffverbünden zum Einsatz in Beleuchtungssystemen elektrischer Bahnen und anderen Anwendungen
bioElektron Biodegradierbare Elektronik für aktive Implantate
LAOLA Großflächige OLED Beleuchtungsanwendungen auf dünnen flexiblen Substraten
SmartEEs Bringing flexible electronics products to life
ACTPHAST 4.0 Accelerating Photonics innovation for SME’s: a one stop-shop-incubator
ACTPHAST 4R Accelerating Photonics deployment via one stop shop advanced technology access for researchers
OLEDSOLAR Innovative manufacturing of opto-electronic devices
PeroCUBE High-Performance Large Area Organic Perovskite devices for lighting, energy and Pervasive Communication
Switch2Save Lightweight switchable intelligent solutions for energy-saving windows and glass facades
FlexFunction2Sustain Open innovation ecosystem for sustainable nanofunctionalization, flexible plastic and paper surfaces and membranes


More information


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Contact persons

Christian May

Contact Press / Media

Dr. Christian May

Division Director Flexible Organic Electronics and Head of department R2R Organic technologies

Fraunhofer FEP
Maria-Reiche-Str. 2
01109 Dresden

Phone +49 351 2586-220

Flexible organic electronics