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IMTEK, HSG-IMIT, five Fraunhofer institutes, KIT, and VIM have put Freiburg on the map as the best in microsystems engineering and related sciences in all of Europe. These institutes are members of the MicroTEC Südwest cluster and have made it standard practice to share experiences with one another and therefore complement one another’s competencies. 


The Institut für Mikro- und Informationstechnik of the Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft has roughly 130 employees in Villingen-Schwenningen and Freiburg and is one of Germany‘s leading research and development services providers of microengineering components and systems. Its main fields include microfluidics, sensors and systems, and microengineering. HSG-IMIT not only provides prototyping and small-scale production, it also does serial production in a certified cleanroom. 

Fraunhofer EMI

The Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics (Ernst Mach Institute, Fraunhofer EMI), deals with physical and technical aspects of high-speed, mechanical, and fluid-dynamic processes. Fraunhofer EMI is the coordinator for the innovation cluster Future Security BW, in which it works together with IMTEK and other partners to create new technologies to counteract terrorism and organized crime.

Fraunhofer IAF

The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics (Fraunhofer IAF) is a research center in the field of micro-and nano-structured compound semiconductors and synthetic diamond. Its research and development focuses on micro- and opto-electronic circuits, modules, and systems. It focuses on solutions for applications in safety engineering, communication systems, medical engineering, and environmental protection. 

Fraunhofer IPM

The Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques (Fraunhofer IPM) develops and realizes turnkey optical sensor and imaging systems. Fraunhofer IPM is also a leader in the field of thermoelectricity and provides materials research, simulation, and the development of systems. Fraunhofer IPM also does thin-film technology research with a focus on materials, production processes, and systems for and research on semiconductor gas sensors.

Fraunhofer ISE

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) is a global pioneer in efficient and environmentally friendly energy supply. Fraunhofer ISE develops materials, components, systems, and methods for energy-efficient buildings. It also develops solutions in applied optics and functional surfaces, solar thermal energy, silicon photovoltaics, alternative photovoltaic technologies, renewable power supply, and hydrogen technology. 

Fraunhofer IWM

The Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials (Fraunhofer IWM) characterizes, simulates, and assesses the behavior of materials, components, and systems under the influence of external forces in different environments. Fraunhofer IWM develops solutions to improve the safety, dependability, life, and functionality of technical components and systems.



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