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Science need not always be complicated or even incomprehensible! Here we want to show you that it can be done in a completely different way: easy-peasy to understand and accessible for everyone.

We talk directly to the researchers, find out how and why microelectronics works and together with you we will find answers to the big and small questions at our research institute. Backstage at Fraunhofer IZM, so to speak.

On this page you will find insights into current projects, tips from practicing researchers and everyday things from our institute - all with a little technical tic. In addition, the small µ has come to join us - as a symbol for exactly the topics that concern us at Fraunhofer IZM, it explains a term from microelectronics every month.

Do you have any questions about Fraunhofer IZM or would you like to know what is behind other technical terms? Then send us your questions by e-mail and we’ll try and find the answers for you!


µ knows best:
Complex terms – in simple words


µ is not simply the twelfth letter of the Greek alphabet. µ is a symbol for micro and is therefore an elementary quantity for us at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM. With our new format "µ knows best" we also focus on the elementary facts.

Every month µ presents you with a term from the everyday work of Fraunhofer IZM and tells you what exactly it is about. How much knowledge do you have about research terms? Are there any abbreviations you always wanted to understand in research or more precisely microelectronics? What, how and why? Here you can find out everything about the topics we are working on at Fraunhofer IZM. Always available, for you to look up. Are you missing a term or do you still have questions? Let us know and µ will get on the case!



The students from Gabriele-von-Bülow Gymnasium visited us for a social media workshop and adopted our educational format ‘µknowsbest’. In just two days, they chose topics, filmed two interviews with our researchers and edited them together with us. The first one is about #KI. Junior presenter Tino Stumpe asks IZM expert Ulf Oestermann what prospects the use of AI could have in everyday school life and whether there are any ethical concerns. Watch their first video here!
#ResearchforNewcomers #GvB #weknowhow #KI


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What are Superconductors?

When electricity is transported, losses are normally expected, for example in the form of heat. Superconductors are used to avoid these losses: These are materials that no longer exhibit any electrical resistance at very low temperatures close to absolute zero. Another property of superconductors is the so-called Meissner-Ochsenfeld effect, in which magnetic fields are completely displaced from the interior of the material. Due to their high current-carrying capacity, superconductors are particularly in demand in the field of energy technology.


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The Institute

As part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer IZM specializes in applied and industrial contract research. Fraunhofer IZM’s focus is on packaging technology and the integration of multifunctional electronics into systems.