Network & Cooperations

IISB – National & International Partner

Originating from its headquarter in the south of Erlangen, right within the southern campus of Friedrich-Alexander-Universität of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB has a rich network of partnerships and cooperation at its disposal.

Sustainable research requires interdisciplinary input and extensive networking. A principle vividly lived by since the institute’s foundation. Among others, this is illustrated by the IISB’s branches, the first being Nuremberg-West, which is situated on the areal of ‘Energie Campus Nürnberg’ (EnCN). The second to mention is the branch lab ‘Technologiezentrum Halbleitermaterialien THM‘ in Freiberg / Saxony, which is operated in close collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and is managed by Freiberg’s technical University ‘TU Bergakademie’. Thus situating the THM within reach of Germany’s hotspot for semiconductor technologies. Over and above that, various national and international groups, associations and partnerships in research and industry actively shape the work and progress of the Fraunhofer IISB.

Examples include ‘The European Center for Power Electronics’ (ECPE), ‘The Bavarian Clusters for Power Electronics and Mechtronics and Automation’ as well as ‘The German Crystal Association DGKK e.V.’. In conjunction with Fraunhofer IIS and Fraunhofer ISC, Fraunhofer IISB is main coordinator of the joint Bavarian energy research project SEEDs and original member of the ‘Leistungszentrum Elektroniksysteme’ (LZE).

Regional & Forward-thinking


The close collaboration of Fraunhofer IISB and the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen Nuremberg (FAU) is living proof that partnership can be born from vicinity. Visible evidence of the joint forces’ success are among others the FAU’s chairs of Electron Devices (LEB) and Power Electronics (LEE), which traditionally are headed in personal union by members of the institute’s and chair’s board.

The LEB is situated in close proximity to the facilities of the IISB and, due to a cooperation agreement, jointly operates cleanroom halls as well as other laboratories. In contrast, the LEE is located within the ‘Energie Campus Nürnberg’ (EnCN), which is a R&D platform for the development and demonstration of a complete energy supply chain based on renewable energy sources.



Well trained and highly dedicated professionals form the basis of success. The more important it is to inspire young talents for the diverse topic areas of the IISB. Within the framework of the ‘Girl’s Day’ female junior researchers are given the chance to gather their first hands-on experience in the field. While ‘The Long Night of Science’, which addresses the broad public, allows for a glimpse behind the institute’s scenes. In the light of promotion of the young, the IISB is also home to the student lead team of ‘TechFak EcoCar’ and, substitutionary for the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, arranges the annual DRIVE-E-Academy in collaboration with the ‘Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung’ (BMBF).

Focus Projects


Leistungszentrum Elektroniksysteme


Leistungszentrum Elektroniksysteme (LZE) is a cooperation of Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, its Institutes IIS and IISB, the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) as well as further research and industry partners.

LZE offers a unique environment for high-class research on electronic systems.


Research Fab Microelectronics Germany


Fraunhofer IISB is partner of the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD). FMD is the largest cross-site R&D cooperation for micro- and nanoelectronics in Europe.

FMD links the research and development infrastructure and the technological know-how of eleven Fraunhofer institutes from within the Group for Microlectronics, as well as two Leibniz institutes FBH and IHP.


Chair of Electron Devices


The Chair of Electron Devices (LEB) of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg is headed by Prof. Dr. Martin März (provisional director).

Within the framework of a cooperation agreement, IISB and LEB not only jointly operate the University‘s cleanroom hall and other laboratories, but also work closely together with regard to teaching and research. The cooperation allows to cover the entire chain of topics from basic research to the transfer to industry.


Chair of Power Electronics


Prof. Dr. Martin März (provisional director IISB) is heading the Chair of Power Electronics (LEE) of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. LEE is the first chair grown out of the 'Energie Campus Nürnberg' (EnCN).

The chair conducts research on current topics in the field of power electronics for the electric power supply. Beside stationary decentralized electrical power systems, the addressed application fields also include the power-nets in vehicles, ships, railways, and airplanes.


Nuremberg Metropolitan Region


Within the Art of Innovation Initiative ("Innovationskunst"), partners from business and science show the great innovative potential of the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region.

The region is a unique performance centre for electronic systems in Europe, and creative minds find an excellent working and living environment here.  



Energie Campus Nürnberg


Energie Campus Nürnberg (EnCN) is a R&D platform for the development and demonstration of a complete energy supply chain based on renewable energy sources.

In the EnCN, IISB is working within the project “NET – electrical nets”, engaging in efficient solutions for power electronic systems for energy flow control and for interfaces and electrical storage in the power grid of the future.



DRIVE-E Program

DRIVE-E Academy is a project of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft to promote young scientists in the field of electromobility.

Within the project tomorrow’s creative talents meet first-class experts in the field of electromobility, being provided with an excellent entry to the complex group of themes of the topic as well as hands-on experience. The climax each year is the award of the DRIVE-E students prize.


TechFak EcoCar


An example for a successful cooperation with students from FAU is the interdisciplinary group project ‘TechFak EcoCar’. Within this project, the student team modified an outdated electric vehicle with up-to-date drive train components.

IISB supports the EcoCar-team with technical knowledge, components for the electrification, as well as laboratory equipment and testing facilities for the vehicle modification. For some students, the EcoCar-project was the starting point for a future career at IISB.


European Center for Power Electronics


ECPE European Center for Power Electronics e.V. was founded on the initiative of leading power electronics industries as an industry-driven Research Network.

ECPE promotes education, innovation, science, research and technology transfer in the area of Power Electronics in Europe.


lighthouse project 'Quantum Magnetometry'


In the lighthouse project "Quantum Magnetometry" (QMag) of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, quantum magnetometry is to be transferred from the university research environment into practical industrial applications. The aim is to develop magnetometers with high spatial resolution and high sensitivity and then to test and establish them, for example, for the fault analysis of nanoelectronic circuits, for the detection of hidden material fractures or for the realization of particularly compact magnetic resonance tomographs.

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