The Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering (IOM) was established in 1992 following a recommendation of the science council. It is the aim of the institute to enable application-oriented basic research the interaction of radiation with materials while implementing the results in technological applications.

The institute is member of the Leibniz Association and is financed by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal State of Saxony in equal parts.

The IOM cooperates with the Universität Leipzig, the Technische Universität Dresden, and the Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics in Science as well as the Leipzig University for Applied Science. A vast number of other universities, research centres as well as companies in Germany and abroad cooperate with the IOM on a scientific and technological level.

The IOM has about 150 employees, including 70 scientists. Two thirds of the employees are paid through third-party funding.

The IOM is located in the “Wissenschaftspark Leipzig” (map and directions).