Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung

The Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung is a unique research institution in Europe. Our mission is to explore the scientific and technological fundamentals of crystal growth, from basic research to pre-industrial development. Our materials are of fundamental importance for modern applications in micro-, opto- and power electronics, in photovoltaics, in optics, as well as in laser and sensor technology. All these applications require crystalline materials with high perfection and specific chemical and physical properties.

Furthermore, we provide scientific services for research institutions and industry. This includes, in particular, the growth of specific crystals for research purposes, the characterization of crystalline materials or industry-oriented technology development.


Research Program

The main research areas of the institute include:

  • The development of technologies for growth, processing and characterization of bulk crystals, of crystalline structures with dimensions in the micro- and nanometer range and of comprehensive growth technologies
  • The modelling and theoretical investigation of crystal growth processes
  • Experimental and theoretical investigations of the influence of process parameters on crystal growth processes and crystal quality
  • The development of technologies for chemo-mechanical processing of crystalline samples and scientific investigation of related processes
  • Physico-chemical characterisation of crystalline solids and development of suitable methods as well as investigation of the correlation between physical properties and related physical processes
  • The development and construction of components for growth, processing and characterization of crystals

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schröder

Ph. +49 (0)30 6392-3001




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As of 31 December 2018


Max-Born-Straße 2, 12489 Berlin