First Collaborative Research Center (SFB) at IMTEK

Five laboratories of IMTEK contribute to the SFB/Transregio “Planar Optronic Systems,” which will be distributed among several locations. It will receive a total of 9.8 million euros. The German Research Foundation (DFG) announced the decision on Novmeber, 21 in Bonn.



The Laboratory for Micro-optics is happy to announce the launch of a new CRC (Collaborative Research Centre) entitled “Planar Optronic Systems”. Joint coordinators of this new CRC are the Universities of Hannover and Freiburg, with participation from groups in Braunschweig and Clausthal. Prof. Hans Zappe of the Department of Microsystems Engineering is co-manager of this extended research effort, whose formal leadership is with the Hannover Centre for Production Technology at the University of Hannover.

This twelve-year effort, funded by the German Research Foundation with a budget of 9.8 million Euros in the first four years, intends to develop thin optical foils consisting of large arrays of optical sensors. Using the latest technologies in micro- and nano-optics, these sensors will measure parameters such as pressure, temperature, strain, chemical concentrations or the presence of biological compounds. Fabricated in large areas using novel polymers and advanced printing techniques, these sensor foils are purely optical, using the properties of light to measure physical, chemical or biological quantities.
These polymer sensor membranes will have a large spectrum of applications: incorporated into textiles, they can be used for medical diagnostics; applied to buildings, they can perform structural health monitoring; attached to a wing or a rotor, they can determine the conditions on an aerodynamic surface.

The focus in Freiburg will be on the development of novel polymers, new micro-fabrication and printing techniques and advanced micro-optical sensor devices.

The following five laboratories of the Department of Microsystems Engineering are contributing to the project:

Please read the full press release here.


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