Berliner Nanotest und Design GmbH serves as a full-scale provider of engineering services for reliability in microsystem technologies and nanotechnology, for micro-testing and micro-analyses. Nanotest spun off from the Fraunhofer Micro Materials Center in 2004. There from, far reaching experiences in the field of reliability testing and material properties determination are available. Specific Profile and Expertise: The main activities of Nanotest are in development, services, equipment design research and consulting in the field of micro- and nanomaterials compounds and micro- and nanoreliability for high tech applications in various fields, e.g. automotive electronics and security applications.


Main areas of expertise include:

  • reliability analyses of microcomponents for MEMS, microsystems and micro-/nanomaterials for a variety of applications using advanced experimental tools
  • simulation of micro- and nano-stacks and packages by FEM and other techniques or tools
  • thermal characterization of micro/nano materials and compounds
  • valuation of materials and component part combinations for packages by means of a combination of instruments, such as numerical simulation, experimental testing and other analysis methods (e.g. concerning reliability, lifetime, or optimum application mode).

Staff Members Profile

Dr. Thomas Winkler studied mathematics (operations research) at TU Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz), diploma in 1976, received Doctor of Science 1983 from Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg (topic: stochastic control). Then he was with the Institute of Mechanics of the Academy of Sciences working on stochastic approaches in materials science, especially in fracture mechanics. Since 1993, he is manager of an SME acting on R&D in applied reliability (1993-2004 the Chemnitzer Werkstoffmechanik GmbH, since 2004 the Berliner Nanotest und Design GmbH). In this position, he continuously combines management and applied research. His research work is concentrated on reliability modeling, statistics and lifetime prediction.


Mohamad Abo Ras studied at University of Applied Sciences (TFH) in Berlin, Germany. In 2007 he received his Diploma in Medical Engineering. The topic of his diploma thesis was the development of test system for characterization of thermal interface materials. In 2008 he received his Master in Applied Physic / Medical Engineering. During his studies he worked in the thermal electrical testing lab (TET-Lab) at Fraunhofer IZM. Since 2008 he has been working in cooperation between Berliner Nanotest and Design GmbH and Fraunhofer IZM. Main focuses of his research work are development and appliance of test system for material characterization, nondestructive methods for failure analysis of Package materials using infrared thermography. Since 2010 he is the vice president of Berliner Nanotest and Design GmbH.