Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF

3D Imaging promises Innovative Solutions for Health Care Applications

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Hybrid Materials for the Preparation of Stochastic Nanostructures

The Fraunhofer IOF realizes broadband antireflective coatings on glass using AR-plas2®.

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Bio-Functional Surfaces

The Fraunhofer IOF develops structured surfaces with chemical functionalization, e.g. to specifically influence the colonization behavior of cells on surfaces.

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3D-Inkjet Printing of Optical Components

The Fraunhofer IOF develops a manufacturing process whose digital character makes it possible to manufacture individualized optical components flexibly and inexpensively.

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Array Microscope with Sub-Micrometer Resolution

The Fraunhofer IOF presents a new approach in which many microscope objectives are arranged in parallel in order to increase the imaged object area or, alternatively, to enable the resolution of very small structures.

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In-Line 3D Measurement of Honeycomb Catalysts

The Fraunhofer IOF builds complete systems for 3D measurement according to customer requirements.

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Dear Sir or Madam,

due to the increasing spread of the
coronavirus (COVID-19) in Thuringia, the management of the Fraunhofer IOF has decided to take stronger security measures. The aim is to protect the health of the employees and at the same time counteract the spread of the virus. For this reason, there may be delays in the coming weeks.

We apologize for this.

We will of course keep you informed of further developments in our business activities.


Quantum imaging
visualises the invisible

A team of researchers at Fraunhofer IOF has developed a solution for microscopy and spectroscopy that allows cell samples to be examined in detail even in the extreme spectral ranges.



Microoptics Conference in Jena was cancelled

Update: The international Microoptics Conference MOC2020 in Jena, co-organized by Fraunhofer IOF, was cancelled due to the current situation regarding coronavirus and postponed to 2022. In 2021 the next MOC will take place in Japan (Hamamatsu) as planned.


Yound research award for applied photonics

The Fraunhofer IOF again announces the Applied Photonics Award (go to website). Students and doctoral candidates can apply with their theses until June 30, 2020.

Fraunhofer IOF – Beutenberg Campus – City of Light Jena


Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF

07745 Jena
Beutenberg Campus
Albert-Einstein-Str. 7


Photonics –
Made in Jena

The Fraunhofer IOF conducts application-oriented research in the field of optical systems engineering on behalf of its clients in industry and within publicly-funded collaborative projects.

The field of optical system engineering enables the step from specific optical, mechanical and electronic components to optical, opto-mechanical and opto-electronic modules and systems with complex functionalities. The objective is to control light, from its generation to its application. In this context, the sustainable energy-efficient use of light – "Green Photonics" – plays a special role for the Fraunhofer IOF, particularly with regard to the Fraunhofer innovation cluster.

Current research projects


Tailored Optical Fibers

18 companies and three research institutions have teamed up in the Innovative Regional Growth Core ›Tailored Optical Fibers‹ [TOF] to develop and market tailored optical fibers for future applications.



The Innovation Alliance 3Dsensation aims to change the interaction of human and machine fundamentally.



Freeform Optics Plus is a regional growth core working on the development and commercialization of innovative freeform optical systems.



The Cluster of Excellence Advanced Photon Sources CAPS under the leadership of the Fraunhofer ILT and the Fraunhofer IOF conducts research on laser sources and process technology for outputs up to 20 kW.