Management and organisation

With the new scientific director Prof. Thomas Schroeder taking office in February 2018 and the institute´s Leibniz evaluation in December 2018, the IKZ Institute Concept 2019 was developed – and fully supported by the evaluation committee - to strengthen IKZ´s future mission & strategy on science & technology as well as service & transfer on crystalline materials. To put this strategy in the best possible way in place, IKZ rearranged its management & organization structure on 1st April, 2019.



Scientific Director

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schröder

Ph. +49 30 6392 3001


Deputy Director

Prof. Dr. Matthias Bickermann

Ph. +49 30 6392 3047


Administrative Direction

Dr. Nicole Münnich

Ph. +49 30 6392 3331


Scientific Advisory Board


Dr. Martin Straßburg
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH


Prof. Dr. Saskia Fischer
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institute of Physics Humboldt University Berlin



Dr. Björn Maul
Department of Natural, Material and Life Sciences
The Governing Mayor of Berlin
Senate Chancellery VI D

Christoph Schwickart
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Unit 513, Communication and security of digital systems


Prof. Dr. habil. Anna Fontcuberta i Morral
EPFL Lausanne, Laboratory of Semiconductor Materials

Dr. Martin M. Frank
IBM, Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Prof. Dr. Lena F. Kourkoutis
School of Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University

Dr. Georg Schwalb
Siltronic AG

Prof. Dr. Götz Seibold
Brandenburgische Technische Universität (BTU), Cottbus- Senftenberg

Prof. Dr. Thomas Südmeyer
University of Neuchâtel, Physics Institute

Prof. Dr. Bernd Tillack
IHP GmbH - Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics /
Leibniz-Institut für innovative Mikroelektronik

Institute Committee


Dr. Björn Maul
Berlin Senate Chancellery for Science and Research

Funding body State

Dr. Björn Maul
Berlin Senate Chancellery for Science and Research

Funding body Federal Government

Christoph Schwickart
BMBF Department 513 "Communication and Security of Digital Systems"

2 x 2 Matrix structure

Research Programs

The four IKZ research programs are provided by the four scientific departments. To promote interdisciplinarity in our research efforts from basic over applied up to pre-industrial developments, the research programs are organized in a 2 x 2 matrix structure. IKZ´s research and development activities thereby follow two innovation pathways, namely innovations in and by crystalline materials.