We have divided our activities into six themed research groups which work closely together. This allows us to combine the strengths of a large institute with the flexibility, commitment and lean administration of individual research groups.

Applied Fibre Technology

The Applied Fibre Technology research group focuses on the integration of state-of-the-art laser systems in processing machines. Cutting-edge optical fibres have become a key component here. We develop and test new fibres and high-performance fibre lasers for different applications. We work closely with the Institute for Applied Physics at the University of Bern.

Laser Surface Engineering

Our focus is on laser micro material processing using short and ultrashort laser pulses. We work with a wide range of materials – from metals to ceramics, glass and plastics.

Materials Technology and Heat Treatment

Our group has specialised for many years in materials technology and heat treatment processes. Manufacturing components and tools is generally very expensive, and heat treatment is a key step that helps ensure optimal properties and service life.
We also carry out materials analysis (metallography, mechanical tests, electron microscope, atomic force microscope) for internal and external partners.

Plasma Surface Engineering

The Plasma Surface Engineering group is involved in the development of processes for surface modification and coating, based on plasma engineering. In this wide-ranging field, we specialise in the use of plasma diagnostics for process optimisation.

Thin Films and Surfaces

Our group focuses on the modification of surfaces in the nanometer range by means of coatings, plasma treatments and microstructuring using lithography or etching processes. Our facilities also allow us to manufacture polymer-based microfluidic systems. We have an ISO6 cleanroom at our disposal for this work.

Additive Manufacturing

We conduct research in the field of additive manufacturing on ways of using innovative new materials efficiently and for industrial purposes through modified procedural strategies. We improve process reliability and the quality of manufactured components using process monitoring and controlling.