Had he not started working for OSRAM in 2013, Robert could well have taken his special talent to “Wissen macht Ah” or “Sendung mit der Maus” popular science television programs in Germany. After all, this man from Bochum won the Bavarian regional round of the science competition, “FameLab”, in 2014, and took second place the following year. His entry featured Paul and Paula, two electrons that – depending on the temperature and the material – either hate or love each other. Yet Robert didn't want to turn his hobby into a career: “In the long term, I find it far more exciting to develop technology than to explain it.”

His special gift also proves useful in his role as a process developer with OSRAM. He often has to make the process understandable to colleagues in neighboring departments, explaining what is and isn't possible.

Semiconductors and their thin duvets

Robert is an enthusiastic runner, an avowed fan of Loriot cartoons and, before he came to OSRAM in September 2013, he conducted research and gained his doctorate at the Jülich Research Center. In his undergraduate and doctorate theses he studied superconductors, which are materials that conduct electricity without any losses. With OSRAM, on the other hand, semiconductors are our thing. Here, in the Opto Semiconductors business area, Robert occupies himself with how light-emitting diodes are manufactured. Put more precisely, his task is to ensure that the semiconductor base of the light diodes is incredibly thin. Only then can the heat, that is effectively generated as a byproduct of the light, escape. “You have to imagine it like the duvet that you use in summer”, he explains. “If it gets too warm, you prefer to use a thinner one. It's exactly the same with semiconductors. If they are thin, the light diode is comfortably cool.”

“It's so great that you can immediately take on so much responsibility at the start of your OSRAM career.”

Robert Frielinghaus
Engineer Process Development
Opto Semiconductors

Six months after starting at OSRAM, he has already succeeded in solving a major problem in the production of semiconductors. “That was the high point of my time with OSRAM to date. When I began, it was more than doubtful
that we would succeed at all – and now it is my solution
which is being rolled out, so that almost a third of our products are being produced with this optimized process. “It's so great that you can immediately take on so much responsibility at the start of your OSRAM career.”

From science to industry

The change from science to industry wasn't difficult for Robert. “I really wanted to work in industry – with bosses who give me freedom and colleagues with whom I can communicate on the same level. It was also important to me that I was involved in the manufacture of a product that I could identify with. And the fact that my expertise can contribute to shaping the future is what drives me on – it's the icing on the cake.” Robert believes that there is a suitable industry for each person: “If someone really wants to work on large motors, this is not the right place for them. But people who get a kick out of efficient technology and are looking for great development opportunities are spot on with us.

How fortunate that a former colleague from Jülich had gone to OSRAM to complete her doctorate; she made Robert aware of the wide range of opportunities OSRAM offers as an employer. “She told me about her job in Regensburg with such great enthusiasm. And I thought, well, if that's the case, then I want to work for OSRAM too.”

"Light is my strength
This is where expertise meets vision.
That's how we take responsibility."

Robert Frielinghaus
Engineer Process Development
Opto Semiconductors

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