About us

Evolution of surface and light

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.

Our core technologies are electron beam technology, sputtering technology, plasma-activated high-rate deposition, high-rate PECVD, and technologies for organic electronics and IC-/System design, which we use to develop solutions for various industrial tasks in surface treatment, vacuum coating and for organic semiconductors.

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 7 business units based on the different materials and geometries being processed and due to special technological synergies.

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.

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 research institute that develops processes and technologies in the areas of electron beam, plasma technology as well as organic electronics and optoelectronics.

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

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

Derived from our energy and quality management system, we formulate strategic and operative goals to continual improvement. By using material and personal resources as well as the supporting activities by all divisions of Fraunhofer FEP we ensure that the efficient use of energy meets our guaranteed high quality standards.

Our aim is to sustainably strengthen the competitive position of our customers. We face challenging and responsible tasks in an industry-oriented, professional working environment with excellent equipment and qualified personnel.

Mission of the Fraunhofer FEP

In the electron and plasma technology, our focus is on scaling-up of technologies for coating, modification and processing of surfaces as well as on the development of processes with high productivity. In the area of organic electronics, flexible electronics, OLED microdisplays and sensors as well as novel deposition technologies for organic semiconductors are in focus.

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

We offer our customers innovative solutions that give them a special edge in the market. We are constantly working to improve the services for our customers and partners.

Besides the conformity with the law it is our aim to fulfill the requirements of energy efficiency in a high degree relating to the state of technology.

Institute Management

Volker Kirchhoff

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Prof. Dr. Volker Kirchhoff


Winterbergstraße 28
01277 Dresden, Germany

Phone +49 351 2586-110

Nicolas Schiller

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Dr. Nicolas Schiller

Deputy Director

Winterbergstraße 28
01277 Dresden, Germany

Phone +49 351 2586-131

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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Veit Mittag

Head of Administration

Winterbergstraße 28
01277 Dresden, Germany

Phone +49 351 2586-405

Annett Arnold

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M.Sc. Annett Arnold

Head of Corporate Communications

Fraunhofer FEP
Winterbergstr. 28
01277 Dresden, Germany

Phone +49 351 2586-333

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

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 26.8 million EUR.

The proceeds during the reporting period are as follows:

Commercial proceeds
11.5 million €
Public/EU and misc. proceeds
7.8 million €
Basic financing 7.5 million €
(Status: April 2019)

Personnel development

174 staff members were employed at the institute during the past year, of which four were trainees, along with 56 student trainees as well as 64 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, Global Head R&D – OLED Chemistry / Strategic Developments
Chairman of Advisory Board
Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Kretzschmar Pharmatec GmbH – A Bosch Packaging Technology Company, General Manager
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.


Academic Collaboration

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 highly aware of its social responsibilities as a research institute. This applies also to the energy-efficient employment of resources in daily research operations. As a result, we decided to introduce an energy management system. The certification of our Energy Management System as meeting DIN ISO 50001 was successfully completed in December 2016.

Our ISO 50001-compliant Energy Management System was combined with our ISO 9001 Quality Management System into an integrated management system.

The appointment of an energy team, the members of which are from all relevant departments of the FEP, was necessary for raising awareness, viewing energy consumption in FEP critically, and - where feasible - improving it. One result is that several projects for reduction of energy consumption have already been implemented or are in the planning stage.

These include for example:

Action Effect
Replacement of four cooling water pumps with high-efficiency units. Considerable reduction of the electrical energy demand for conveying cooling water from the Winterbergstraße pilot plant Installed capacity
74 kW before /
60 kW afterwards
Energy savings
70,000 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
12,6 kW before / 
4,3 kW afterwards
Energy savings
20,600 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 kW afterwards
Energy savings
14.500 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

The Institute's Profile

Annual Report 2018/19


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