MATERIALS – Institute for Sensors, Photonics and Manufacturing Technologies


MATERIALS provides access to the latest technologies required for implementing innovative products and services, for example:  

  • Green Photonics and Electronics
  • Structured (biomimetic) surfaces
  • Piezoelectric sensors and energy harvesters
  • Large-scale production of organic layers (roll-to-roll, screen printing)
  • (Optical) Chemo-and Biosensors
  • Laser Production Technology
  • Aerosol and inkjet printing
  • Laser and plasma-assisted vacuum deposition process


MATERIALS has long-standing experience in managing a wide range of research cooperations, thus enabling the clients to successfully participate in national and international funded research projects. 

The team of around 80 researchers provides interdisciplinary solutions across the entire value chain – from the idea to the prototype – using cutting edge technologies and methods based on miniaturisation, integration and materials optimisation. Combined with state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure MATERIALS offers innovative solutions and services tailored to the needs of business and industry. More than 20 years of close cooperation with leading research institutions such as the Austrian based Graz University of Technology or the University of Leoben enables us to continuously improve and extend the portfolio of expertise.

Xfold Imaging won Photonics 21 Innovation Award using our R2R technology
Our customer Xfold Imaging Oy from Finland was awarded the Photonics 21 Innovation Award at this year's Photonics 21 Annual Meeting on April 27th in…
Hola España - Research stay in Spain
Nihan Atak, a research assistant at the MATERIALS Institute, is currently completing a two-month research stay at one of our project partners in…
European Commission visits Weiz

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European Commission visits Weiz

On April 17, 2023, Project Adviser Susana Xará visited our MATERIALS Institute in Weiz as part of the H2020 project NextGenMicrofluidics, coordinated…
“SmartSki” won OE-A-Best Publicly Funded Project Demonstrator Award
MATERIALS and its partners won the OE-A Innovation Competition Award at LOPEC 2023 for the Best Publicly Funded Demonstrator.
From February 1-3, 2023 MATERIALS exhibited at the world's largest trade fair for nanotechnology, nano tech in Tokyo.
EU Project OPTIMAL officially started!
In October 2022, we had the pleasure of welcoming the partners of the EU project OPTIMAL at our Weiz site.

RecHycle: Hydrogen Research for the climate neutral future -

Energie Steiermark, 10. Stock, 09:00 - 12:00


Zukunftskonferenz 2023 - Leistungsschau der JOANNEUM RESEARCH

Messe Congress Graz, 09:00 - 19:00