About us

COMEDD at Fraunhofer FEP in Dresden is your access to know-how, expertise, modern R&D infrastructure and pilot production possibilities in the field of OLED lighting (OLED - organic light-emitting diodes), organic solar cells, OLED microdisplays, optical sensors, integrated circuits, organic materials and microsystems.

COMEDD was founded as an independent research institution of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in order to transfer the results of research and development in the field of organic materials and systems to production. COMEDD combines research and development works for the production, integration and technology of organic devices. The focus of COMEDD lies in customer- and application orientated research, development and pilot fabrication of novel module concepts and fabrication methods for these organic materials. COMEDD is an European-wide leading production-related research and development center for organic semiconductors focusing on organic light-emitting diodes and vacuum technology.

By July 1st 2014 COMEDD merged with Fraunhofer-Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP in Dresden.

COMEDD at Fraunhofer FEP is one of more than 80 institutions of the Fraunhofer-Society, the leading organization for applied research in Germany, and also in Europe. The majority of the more than 20,000 staff are qualified scientists and engineers, who work with an annual research budget of €1.8 billion. Of this sum, more than €1.5 billion is generated through contract research. More than 70 percent of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s contract research revenue is de- rived from contracts with industry and from publicly financed research projects. Almost 30 percent is contributed by the German federal and Länder governments in the form of base funding, enabling the institutes to work ahead on solutions to problems that will not become acutely relevant to industry and society until five or ten years from now.

In order to meet the challenging demands of our customers, the Fraunhofer COMEDD is certified according to the standard DIN EN 9001:2008 for research, development and fabrication of OLEDs including semiconductor and microsystem processes as well as integrated sensor technologies.

COMEDD and OLED at a glance

What are organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs)?

Organic light-emitting diodes are devices made from ultrathin organic layers which light up when they are connected to voltage. They are comprised of an organic layer sequence (typical thickness about nm), which is inserted between an anode and a cathode.

What applications are organic materials used for?

Organic light-emitting diodes are already used for displays in small electronic appliances such as mobile telephones, car radios and digital cameras. OLED-based displays have already conquered a $ 475 million market, and a billion dollar market has already been forecasted for the next few years. A similar rapid development for OLED illumination as well as organic solar cells is to be expected.

OLED Lighting and Signage

Due to the rapid increase in the efficiency of these illumination diodes, which has already surpassed inorganic illumination diodes in the case of green diodes, OLED are opening up new markets as two-dimensional illuminants, in particular for textured surface illumination. OLED make very thin illumination surfaces possible, which have no glare effect whatsoever. Due to the thin-layer technology, even the realization of flexible illuminants is possible, which allows for completely new applications in room lighting. For the development and manufacture of OLED illumination modules on flexible substrates, COMEDD utilizes a roll-to-roll coating system from the Dresden company Von Ardenne Anlagentechnik GmbH. Fraunhofer COMEDD co-operates closely with Fraunhofer FEP in the development of vacuum coating technology. The facility will also be set up there.

OLED Microdisplays

With the combination of OLEDs and sensory elements on a single CMOS chip, absolutely new functional devices such as micro-displays are possible, which can be used for direct in-eye projection. Further possibilities are innovative sensory and optoelectronic applications such as flow or color sensors with integrated light sources.

Organic Solar Cells

Organically based solar cells represent a new class of thin-layer solar cells which offer price advantages over traditional silicon systems. Furthermore, they can be applied (similar to OLEDs) to flexible substrates.

Which role does Dresden play?

In the last few years, Dresden has developed into a research and development center for organic materials. In addition to OLED, the research of organic solar cells is also experiencing a marked increase in Dresden. COMEDD holds a cutting-edge position in the fields of production and refining processes and is part of Europe´s largest cluster for organic electronics OES.

What does Fraunhofer COMEDD offer?

Up until now, there has been hardly any capacity for production-oriented research and development in Germany. Impediments for industrial mass production are the investment risks of new technology as well as the dominance of Asian display manufacturers (over 90% of OLED displays come from Asia). COMEDD is improving the basic conditions with its unique infrastructure, which makes the transfer of research and development work into pilot production lines possible. This holds especially true in the field of OLED for illumination and display systems, as well as for the production of solar cells.

The plants and infrastructure were funded by EFRE.