research, develop, measure – this triad outlines the tasks and services of the fem.

research and develop stand for the new development and optimisation of materials, layer systems and processes by order of the industry and for the application-oriented basic research within publicly sponsored projects. measure comprises services,  expert reports and consulting, from independet failure analysis to process-accompanying support.


Researchers, inventors, creators and designers – around 80 employees currently work at the fem, including scientists and engineers, laboratory technicians and employees in administrative and general services. Read more...


Reliable networks and strong partners are among the most important requirements for scientific success and pioneering innovations. The fem is involved in numerous organizations and participates in national and international committees, in the scientific discourse, in the design of the knowledge transfer from research to industry, or even the design of new standards. Read more...


The fem is an independent institute, which was founded over 90 years ago by the industry, the state of Württemberg and the city of Schwäbisch Gmünd. It is run by the registred association for the Research Institute for Precious Metals and Metals Chemistry.  Read more...


In October 1922, the "Research Institute and Trial Office for Precious Metals" took on his work. In a time, when the precious metals industry in Schwäbisch Gmünd struggled with immense physical and financial burdens, it was in urgent need of support from the scientific community. Even then, the institute was characterized by its independence and its application-oriented research for business and industry. This has not changed until today. Read more...


Research projects are sponsored by the State of Baden-Württemberg, the Federal Government and the European Union. Of particular importance is the national and international cooperation with industry, universities and reseach facilities. This cooperation reflects the high scientific level and is the basis for their continuous development.



Application-oriented and business-related research and development take place within the so-called Industrial Collective Research and by direct order of the industry. Focus is the development and optimization of procedures and processes as well as their adaptation to the requirements of specific application fields.



Material testing and layer characterization are the focus of the services offered to industry, small and medium-sized enterprises, public clients and private individuals. The experience and independence of the fem are the foundations for the high quality of all reports and failure analysis.