Environmental & Reliability Engineering

New products and technologies have to comply with an increasing range of strict specifications, and at the same time have to be cost-efficient and environmentally friendly.  The Department Environmental and Reliability Engineering supports technological developments until they reach market maturity with environmental and reliability analysis reaching from nano-characterisation level to evaluation and optimisation at the system level. Under the joint leadership of Dr. Nils F. Nissen and Dr. Olaf Wittler, a unique combination is achieved between the established cross-sectional specialist fields of reliability and sustainability.

In view of worldwide extending markets and limited resources, every new generation of products and technologies must generate more functionality and assured reliability while consuming fewer resources.  Without adequate reliability, the commercial success of an application is anyway endangered, and at the same time the environmental impactof typically production-intensive microelectronics is increases furtherby premature failures or the need for replacements.  Sustainable electronic technologies must therefore be reliable and have a low environmental impact.

Key Research Areas


Materials Characterization and Modeling


Reliability assessment, testing and optimisation


Thermal Management


Condition monitoring of electronics


Reliability management along the product life cycle


Technologies for resource-efficient electronic systems


Environmental evaluation and eco-design


Environmental legislation

(RoHS, WEEE, EuP/ErP) 



Environmental & Reliability Engineering

Working Group

Product Ecodesign and Circular Materials

Karsten Schischke | Head

+49 30 46403-156

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Working Group

Sustainable Networks and Computing

Dr. phil. Lutz Stobbe | Head

+49 30 46403-139

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Working Group

Failure Mechanisms and Technology Analysis

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Wagner | Head

+49 30 46403-609

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Working Group

System Analysis and Testing

Dr.-Ing. Johannes Jaeschke | Head

+49 30 46403-223

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Working Group

Transdisciplinarity for Sustainable Electronics

Prof. Dr. Melanie Jaeger-Erben | Head

+49 30 46403-206

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