About us

The Fraunhofer Institute for 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 organic and inorganic sensors and optical filters. Our fields of work are subdivided into 6 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.


Fraunhofer – 75 years of innovation

Vision of the Fraunhofer FEP

The Fraunhofer Institute for 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.

Fraunhofer FEP conducts research in close cooperation with industry and, together with its partners, translates the results of basic research into a wide range of applications and products with a particular focus on our strategic fields of sustainability, life science/environmental technologies, digitization and human-machine interaction.

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.

Mission of the Fraunhofer FEP

Our focus is on the upscaling of technologies for coating, modification and finishing of surfaces as well as on the development of processes with high productivity. Furthermore, OLED microdisplays and sensors are in focus. Our core competencies offer demand-driven technological solutions for medical and biotechnological applications. Our work includes feasibility studies, long-term development projects, development of key components, prototyping, pilot production, technology transfer and licensing as well as complete solutions for applications.

We provide our customers with innovative solutions that give them an edge in the market. We are constantly working to improve the service we provide to our customers and partners. Meeting requirements for legal compliance, confidentiality, occupational health and safety, and energy efficiency are a matter of course for us.

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 first institute in the entire research landscape in Germany with a certified energy management system (EnMs)!


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.


Innovative technologies and applied research for the production, storage and processing of hydrogen for the energy transition


Smart windows now reduce energy consumption in Swedish offices


Retrofittable electrochromic films for windows and glass facades control light incidence


Thin-film technologies for the energy transition


Organic photovoltaic cells made of
recycled material


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


Sustainable nanofunctionalized materials


Environmentally friendly seed treatment for organic


High-efficiency electrodes with ultralight fabric-based current collectors for lithium-ion batteries


„nextBatt“ - resource-efficient manufacturing processes for next-generation battery anodes


Let’s rethink plastic!


Technologies for
sustainable packaging


at Fraunhofer


Sustainability Report of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft


Corporate social responsibilty

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

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
In 2020, a heat pump was installed in Building A.
The final evaluation of the 2021 measure demonstrated savings in both district heating energy and cooling energy.
for heating period 2021/22:
Heat: 142,900 kWh/yr
Cold: 131,700 kWh/yr
avoided CO2 emission = 6.34 t/yr
In 2021, a weather forecast station was integrated into the building control system to reduce the thermal energy consumption of buildings A, B and C.
for 2021/22:
Heat: 2,240 kWh/yr
avoided CO2emission = 0.1 t/yr
Installation of a PV system on building N (Nanotechnikum)
Nominal PV power 42.9 kWp / connected load 40 kW
renewable self-generation
Power 40,253 kWh/a
avoided CO2 emission = 14.7 t/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
Winterbergstr. 28
01277 Dresden

Phone +49 351 2586-175

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


Fraunhofer FEP was able to bring in 11.6 million € of new business from industry through direct contracts. Proceeds of 6.2 million € were obtained from public projects funded by the federal and state governments. A portion of these, amounting to 1.4 million €, was attracted through joint publicly funded projects with mid-cap companies. The expenditure of institutional capital ran to 12.8 million €.

Employee development

196 staff members were employed at the institute during the past year, of which 9 were trainees, along with 18 student trainees as well as 54 scientific assistants. Of the 72 staff members that were employed as scientists, 11 were additionally working on their doctoral degrees. The proportion of females in the scientific area amounted to 25 percent.

Investment costs

Total expenditures from the operating and investment budget amounted to 30.7 million €. 2.1 million € was invested in equipment, construction and infrastructure during the period.

Staff and material costs

Personnel expenditures totaled 15.4 million €, representing 53.9 percent of the operating budget (28.6 million €). Material costs amounted to 13.2 million €.

Photo of the 35th Advisory Board meeting on April 17, 2024.

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 Chairman of the Board
ELCH GmbH, Managing Partner
Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Kretzschmar Belimed Life Science AG, Chief Executive Officer
Deputy Chairman of the Board
MRin Dr. Annerose Beck Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism
Head of Divison Bund-Länder-Forschungseinrichtungen
Dr. Bernd Fischer DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GmbH, Head of Anlagenbau Teilungen
Dr. Ulrike Geiger Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Head of Division "Quantentechnologien, Quantum Computing" 
Prof. Dr.‑Ing. habil. Gerald Gerlach Technical University Dresden, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Institute of Solid State Electronics, Director
Dr. Ulrike Helmstedt Leibniz-Institut für Oberflächenmodifizierung e. V.
Head of Barrier and Precision Layers
Marcel König Meyer Burger (Germany) AG, Head of Research and Development
Dipl.-Ing. Peter G. Nothnagel Former Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport
Former Head of Division Structural development, economically relevant environmental and energy issues
Prof. Dr. Michaela Schulz‑Siegmund University Leipzig, Medical Faculty,
Director of Institute for Pharmacy
Pia von Ardenne VON ARDENNE Holding SE & Co. KGaA, CEO
Jörg Wittich ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH, Managing Director
MR Christoph Zimmer-Conrad Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport
Head of Divison Industry

Dr. Ran Ruby Yan
Director Human-Machine-Interface
Dr. Patrick Hoyer Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Institute Liaison

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.


Institute Management

Elizabeth von Hauff

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Prof. Dr. Elizabeth von Hauff


Fraunhofer FEP
Winterbergstraße 28
01277 Dresden

Phone +49 351 2586-100

Burkhard Zimmermann

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Dr. Burkhard Zimmermann

Deputy Director

Fraunhofer FEP
Winterbergstr. 28
01277 Dresden

Phone +49 351 2586-386

Administration, Communications

Almar Schulz-Coppi

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Dipl.-Kfm. Almar Schulz-Coppi

Head of Administration

Fraunhofer FEP
Winterbergstraße 28
01277 Dresden

Phone +49 351 2586-400

Annett Arnold

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M.Sc. Annett Arnold

Head of Communications

Fraunhofer FEP
Winterbergstr. 28
01277 Dresden, Germany

Phone +49 351 2586-452