fem Forschungsinstitut Edelmetalle + Metallchemie

fem Forschungsinstitut Edelmetalle + Metallchemie

Since 1922 the fem is the world’s only independent Institute for Precious Metals Research. The aim of our research in the fields of materials science and surface technology is to develop pioneering solutions for the industry

The Research Institute for Precious Metals and Metal Chemistry in Schwäbisch Gmünd deals with various issues of material and surface technology. We are specialized in precious metals and galvanic surface treatment. Other priorities are corrosion, analytics, light metals and coating layers, pyhsical and chemical layer depositions, material physics as well as material and layer characterization.

Basic research and applied research are closely linked at the fem – following our conviction that innovative solutions are only achieved if one has detailed knowledge of the basics. This also benefits our services: The fem provides a comprehensive range of services with the latest equipment and instruments. Around 200 procedures and test methods are accredited according to DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025. Our customers and partners are from all sectors of the metalworking industry and business, from universities, research institutions and other public institutions.



Activity Research, Development


Dr. Andreas Zielonka (Institutsleiter)

Year of foundation



akkreditiertes Prüfinstitut nach DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025