The Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering (IOM)

is a member of the Leibniz Association. The institute with a staff of over 100 researchers performs application-oriented basic research related to engineering surfaces using ions, electrons, plasmas and photons (e.g. from lasers or ultraviolet sources). Through deeper understanding of the physical and chemical processes on surfaces using state-of-the-art synthesis and characterization methods, new technologies emerge with applications in many different fields. While much effort is put on improving core competencies such as the formation of ultra-precise surfaces and functionalization of surfaces and thin films, the goal is to complete the entire value chain from basic science to engineering followed by transfer of emerging, economically relevant technologies to industry.