Pooling expertise – Strengthen applied research

Ensuring advanced research with cooperation


Innovation Alliance 3Dsensation

The Innovation Alliance 3Dsensation aims at fundamentally redefining human-machine interaction. Human interaction with machines and technological systems of any kind is to be organized more natural, intuitive, secure and efficient. For this, it is necessary to match human-machine interaction to human needs and experiences.


Fraunhofer-Innovation cluster "Green Photonics"

The Fraunhofer innovation cluster “Green Photonics” pools the forces of business, science, the government and the German Free State of Thuringia with the objective of developing answers to urgent future issues with the use of light, opening up new markets in key future areas and laying the groundwork for sustainable growth in Germany.

Stimuli from basic research

In close cooperation with the Institute of Applied Physics at the Friedrich Schiller University, we possess outstanding expertise in micro- and nano-optics basic research and technology development with the »ultra optics« Center for Innovation Competence, the Center for Advanced Micro- and Nano-Optics and the Micro-Optical Systems Application Center.


ultra-optics – Center of Innovation Competence

laser physics – nano optics – photonic materials

CMN-Optics – Center for Advanced Micro- and Nano-Optics

Consequently, micro- and nano-optics in Europe now have a microstructure technology production facility available for the first time with parameters which can otherwise only be found in manufacturing plants of the semiconductor industry.

amos – center for applications for microoptical systems

The center offers applied development capabilities with a focus on micro-optical and microsensor issues.

Abbe Center of Photonics Jena

Our partner Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP) coordinates and represents a broad spectrum of fundamental and applied research topics in photonics at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena.

Cooperation and interdisciplinary work

The objective of the »NanoReplica« and »Insect-Inspired Imaging Optical Systems« junior research groups is to boost innovative capabilities through cooperation with regional industry and interdisciplinary collaboration.


Young researchers group


Nano-precise mold insert construction and replication technology initiative within the BMBF »InnoProfile« program


Bionic innovations for sustainable products and technologies



Development of flat-design, high-resolution and affordable imaging systems


Research project to develop a new miniaturized camera technology.


unique solar solutions for unique projects

efficient design

Efficient design realizes solar cells and modules with almost every color of the light spectrum without losing measurably performance. In consequence, integration of innovative energy concepts into new buildings is no longer necessarily linked to uniform or inefficient modules.