The Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften – ISAS – e.V. develops efficient and cost-effective analytical methods for health research. Thus, it contributes to the improvement of the prevention, early diagnosis and therapy of diseases. Overall, the institute strives to advance precision medicine by combining knowledge from different fields such as chemistry, biology, pharmacology, physics and computer science.

Our institute works closely with universities in Germany and abroad, for example through joint appointments. We also cooperate with national and international partners from science and industry. ISAS was founded in 1952 and has about 200 employees from more than 19 nations.

From the founding until today

A lot has happened in the more than 60 years since the research institute for “modern analytical chemistry using physical, mostly spectroscopic methods” was established in 1952. Not only the applied methods and technologies have changed, but the institute's strategic orientation, internal structures and even its name have also been in constant transition.


A detailed look at ISAS’ eventful past is provided in a commemorative brochure created for the 60th anniversary, which is available for download here.