About us

The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP is located in Dresden and focuses on developing innovative solutions, technologies and processes for surface modification and organic electronics.

For the development of solutions for various industrial tasks in surface treatment, vacuum coating and for organic semiconductors we use our core competencies in

We offer a broad range of research, development and pilot manufacturing opportunities, especially for the treatment, structuring and finishing of surfaces as well as for OLED microdisplays, organic and inorganic sensors, optical filters and flexible OLED lighting. Our fields of work are subdivided into 8 business units based on the different materials and geometries being processed and due to special technological synergies.

Fields of Application

The deposition of single layers and multilayer systems as well as the processing of surfaces are of huge practical importance across all industries. In addition, the development and integration of flexible organic electronics, OLED devices and OLED-on-silicon technologies offers a wide range of advantages and possibilities for novel applications such as wearables, data glasses, flexible lighting or microdisplays with sensor functions in environmental or medical solutions.

Whether in mechanical engineering, for use of solar energy in the field of smart building and architecture, in packaging industry, biomedical engineering, agriculture, preservation or in optics, sensor technology and electronics sector: We develop suitable processes and technologies as well as appropriate prototypes, devices and technological key components for our industrial customers as well as partners from research, scientific or public sectors from all over the world.

Our services

Feasibility studies, to evaluate surface coating or the integration of organic electronics in devices and pilot production, to facilitate the introduction of new customer products to the market, are also included in our range of services. The upscaling of technologies to industrial quantities and the integration into suitable plant technology and into existing production processes as well as the possibility of technology transfer and licensing are essential services of our institute. The cost efficiency of a technology for industrial production is always taken into account.

Together with companies, research institutions and public institutions we are working on novel, pioneering technologies within public funded projects of various funding authorities. By this we are continuously enhancing our comprehensive know how, which sets the basis to support our customers with their research and development projects from the first concept phase up to industrial realization.


Vision of the Fraunhofer FEP

The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP is a leading international research institute and develops processes and technologies in the fields of electron beam and plasma technology as well as organic electronics and optoelectronics.

The Fraunhofer FEP conducts research in close cooperation with industry and, together with its partners, transfers the results of basic research into a wide range of applications and products.

We ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information for our protection as well as that of our customers and partners.

Derived from our energy, quality and information security management system we formulate strategic and operational goals for continuous improvement. With the help of material and human resources as well as the supporting activities of all Fraunhofer FEP divisions, we ensure that the efficient use of energy goes hand in hand with the guarantee of the highest quality standards.

Our aspiration is to sustainably strengthen the competitive position of our customers. We take on challenging and responsible tasks in an industry-oriented, professional working environment.

Mission of the Fraunhofer FEP

In electron beam and plasma technology, we focus on scaling up technologies for coating, modifying and refining surfaces and on developing processes with high productivity. In organic electronics, the focus is on flexible electronics, OLED microdisplays and sensors as well as novel deposition technologies for organic semiconductors.

The work of the Fraunhofer FEP includes feasibility studies, long-term development projects, development of key components, prototype construction, pilot production, technology transfer and licensing as well as complete solutions for applications, e.g. in optoelectronics.

We offer our customers innovative solutions that give them a head start in the market. We are constantly working to improve service for our customers and partners.

In addition to legal compliance, our aspiration is to meet energy efficiency requirements to a high degree with regard to the state of the art.

Financing of the Fraunhofer FEP

The Fraunhofer FEP receives basic funding from public funds to finance preliminary research, strategic projects and investments. Due to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's focus on application-oriented research and development for industry, the acquisition, execution and successful conclusion of industrial contracts has top priority. The medium-term planning of the Fraunhofer FEP envisages the continuous improvement and further development of the technological basis and a sustainable increase in the share of industry in the financing.

Our responsibility for the future

Sustainability is the guiding principle of all action in the 21st century. It aims at the constant striving for solutions that satisfy the needs of present and future generations in a resource-conserving manner while preserving all systems involved. Sustainable development also means taking into account, ensuring and reconciling environmental considerations on an equal footing with social and economic considerations. Not only politics and economy, but also science and research contribute significantly to this.

Energy management and sustainable infrastructure at Fraunhofer FEP

The Fraunhofer FEP pursues the goal of integrating our social and ecological responsibility into our research and organizational processes and underpinning it, for example, with integrated and comprehensive energy management within our institute. For this purpose, we have introduced and certified the energy management system according to DIN ISO 50001 as an integrated management system together with the existing quality management system according to DIN ISO 9001 since 2016. A recertification according to the revision DIN ISO 50001:2018 was carried out in November 2019.


This makes the Fraunhofer FEP the only institute in the entire research landscape in Germany with a certified energy management system (EnMs) since 2016!


Energy management
at the Fraunhofer FEP


Heat pump concept of the Fraunhofer FEP


LamA - Loading at the workplace

"Sustainable" research projects at the Fraunhofer FEP

The scientists and staff of the Fraunhofer FEP see it as one of our top priorities and our task to continue to focus our research strongly on projects and technological developments that serve to shape society, the economy and the environment in a sustainable manner. With our research activities we want to make future-oriented and resource-saving contributions, e.g. in the development of innovative coatings for packaging but also thin-film systems for mobility concepts of the future or non-toxic seed treatment and efficient plant design.




Environmentally friendly seed treatment for
organic farming


Smart windows for
efficient energy


Technologies for
sustainable packaging


Low-emission mobility


Porous silicon layers for more efficient lithium-ion batteries


Transparent organic photovoltaic glass facade (TOP)


Development of refrigerant-free, energy-efficient electrocaloric heat pumps


Effective deposition of thin insulating layers for sensors in hydrogen technology


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Sustainability Report of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Quality Management

The Fraunhofer FEP is internationally renowned in the area of thin film technology. After the integration of the Fraunhofer COMEDD, the institute extends its competences in the field of organic electronics and can look back on numerous successful projects in collaboration with industrial companies and public organizations.

We introduced a quality management system at the Fraunhofer FEP in order to safeguard our competitiveness and ensure the constant optimization of internal structures, processes, and activities.

Energy Management System

The Fraunhofer FEP is aware of its social responsibility as a research institute.

Awareness of the need to conserve resources in research and development and in the interests of our customers is an important aspect of our projects.

In 2016, the energy management system according to DIN ISO 50001 was introduced and certified as an integrated management system together with the existing quality management system according to DIN ISO 9001. A recertification according to the revision DIN ISO 50001:2018 was implemented in November 2019.

These include for example:

Action Effect
Modernization of the compressor network Energy savings
15,000 kWh/yr
Replacement of mercury vapor lamps with modern LED lighting in a hall of the Winterbergstraße pilot plant; more of these actions are being planned. Installed capacity
8.8 kW before / 
4.0 kW afterwards
Energy savings
8,500 kWh/yr
Replacement of mercury vapor lamps with modern LED lighting in a hall of the Winterbergstraße pilot plant; more of these actions are being planned. Installed capacity
5.8 kW before /
2.4 kW afterwards
Energy savings
2,700 kWh/yr


For comparison: an average German single-person household consumes 3000 kWh annually. [1]

[1] http://www.die-stromsparinitiative.de/stromkosten/stromverbrauch-pro-haushalt/


Sabine Nolting

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M.Sc. Sabine Nolting

Quality Manager

Fraunhofer FEP
Maria-Reiche-Str. 2
01109 Dresden

Phone +49 351 8823-366

Fax +49 351 8823 394

Gerd Obenaus

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Dipl.-Ing. Gerd Obenaus

Energy Manager

Fraunhofer FEP
Winterbergstr. 28
01277 Dresden

Phone +49 351 2586-505

Fax +49 351 2586-55505

Financing of the Fraunhofer FEP

Fraunhofer FEP obtains public funds as a basic funding for financing of initial research, strategic and investment projects. Due to the focus of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft on applied research and development, the acquisition, implementation and successful completion of industrial assignments is our top priority. The medium-term planning of the Fraunhofer FEP aims for the continuous improvement, development of the technological base and a sustainable increase of the industrial share in the overall financing framework.

Annual total expenditures

Total expenditures from the operating and investment budget amounted to 25.0 million EUR.

The proceeds during the reporting period are as follows:

Commercial proceeds
9.9 million €
Public/EU and misc. proceeds
7.4 million €
Basic financing 7.7 million €
(Status: April 2020)

Personnel development

178 staff members were employed at the institute during the past year, of which two were trainees, along with 33 student trainees as well as 68 scientific assistants.  

Staff and material expenditures
Staff and material expenditures
Capital expenditures
Capital expenditures
Employee development
Employee development

The external advisory board gives the Fraunhofer FEP management and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft advice on strategic matters. Representatives from industry and research and from a range of bodies, ministries, and funding organizations are invited to participate in the board by the President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The advisory board meets once a year to get an overview of the activities and performance of the institute and to provide important strategic guidance for the future.

Prof. Dr. Herwig Buchholz Merck KGaA, Head of Group Corporate Responsibility
Chairman of Advisory Board
Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Kretzschmar Belimed Life Science AG, CEO
Deputy Chairman of Advisory Board
MRin Dr. Annerose Beck Saxon State Ministry of Science and the Arts, Unit 43: Bund-Länder-Forschungseinrichtungen
Dr. Gunter Erfurt Meyer Burger (Germany) AG, Chief Executive Officer
Aline Fiedler, MdL
Saxon State Parliament, CDU parliamentary party
Dr. Bernd Fischer DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GmbH, Head of Anlagenbau Teilungen
Prof. Dr.‑Ing. habil. Gerald Gerlach TU Dresden, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology,
Institute of Solid State Electronics, Director
Prof. Dr. Markus Holz ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH, Chairman of the Board
Dipl.-Ing. Peter G. Nothnagel Saxony Economic Development Corporation GmbH, Managing Director
Dipl.-Ing. Tino Petsch 3D-Micromac AG, Chief Executive Officer
Prof. Dr. Michaela Schulz‑Siegmund Medical Faculty of University Leipzig, Institute for Pharmacy
Chair for Pharmaceutical Technology
Dr. Norbert Thyssen Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH, Senior Director R&D
MR Christoph Zimmer-Conrad Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport
Head of Unit 36: Industry

Guest members
Prof. Dr. Alfred Gossner Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Board Member
Dr. Patrick Hoyer Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Institute Liaison
Dr. Leonore Glanz Robert Bosch GmbH
Dr. Hans-Ulrich Wiese former Board Member of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

We collaborate with both national and international partners in order to improve the competitive position of our customers and our institute and to promote succesful development work.



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Institute Management

Volker Kirchhoff

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Prof. Dr. Volker Kirchhoff


Fraunhofer FEP
Winterbergstr. 28
01277 Dresden, Germany

Phone +49 351 2586-110

Fax +49 351 258655-110

Nicolas Schiller

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Dr. Nicolas Schiller

Deputy Director

Fraunhofer FEP
Winterbergstr. 28
01277 Dresden, Germany

Phone +49 351 2586-131

Fax +49 351 258655-131

Uwe Vogel

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Dr. Uwe Vogel

Deputy Director

Fraunhofer FEP
Maria-Reiche-Str. 2
01109 Dresden, Germany

Phone +49 351 8823-282

Administration, Corporate Communications, Marketing

Veit Mittag

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Dipl.-Betriebsw. Veit Mittag

Head of Administration

Fraunhofer FEP
Winterbergstraße 28
01277 Dresden

Phone +49 351 2586-405

Fax +49 351 258655-405

Annett Arnold

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M.Sc. Annett Arnold

Head of Corporate Communications

Fraunhofer FEP
Winterbergstr. 28
01277 Dresden, Germany

Phone +49 351 2586-452

Fax +49 351 2586-55452

Ines Schedwill

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Dipl.-Betriebswirt FH Ines Schedwill

Head of Marketing

Fraunhofer FEP
Maria-Reiche-Str. 2
01109 Dresden

Phone +49 351 8823-238

Fax +49 351 8823-394