Network & Cooperations

IISB – National & International Partner

Originating from its headquarter in the south of Erlangen, right within the southern campus of Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (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 our research partnership with the Energie Campus Nürnberg (EnCN) or the Technology Center for High Performance Materials THM in Freiberg, which we operate together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS. Over and above that, various national and international groups, associations and partnerships in research and industry are also part of everyday research at 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 the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS and the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC, Fraunhofer IISB was main coordinator of the joint Bavarian energy research project SEEDs. Also, our institute is an original member of the Leistungszentrum Elektroniksysteme (LZE).

Regional & Forward-thinking


The close collaboration of Fraunhofer IISB and the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (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). In personal union of Prof. Jörg Schulze, both the IISB and the LEE are directed and clean rooms and laboratories are jointly used within the framework of a cooperation agreement. The LEE is the first chair to emerge from the activities of the Energie Campus Nürnberg (EnCN), a scientific network for the development and demonstration of a closed renewable energy chain. The LEE is led by Prof. Martin März, head of the "Power Electronic Systems" devision at IISB.

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.  During the 'Long Night of Science’, which addresses the broad public, the IISB 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 ‘Evolonic’ and. Substitutionary for the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the IISB arranged the DRIVE-E-Academy in collaboration with the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF).

Partners & Network


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 Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg is headed by Prof. Dr. Jörg Schulze, director of the IISB.

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, Head of Department "Power Electronic Systems" at 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.




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

IISB supports the Evolonic-team with technical knowledge, components for the electrification, as well as laboratory equipment and testing facilities for the vehicle modification. For some students, the Evolonic-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.