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The Engineered Eyeball on ARTE The Engineered Eyeball on ARTE

The Engineered Eyeball, developed by the Gisela and Erwin Sick Laboratory for Micro-optics, was featured in the popular science television show X:enius, seen Europe-wide on ARTE in April.

Graphene – from a wonder material to the application in mobile communication Graphene – from a wonder material to the application in mobile communication

Its theoretical properties made graphene a »wonder material« overnight: it is up to 200 times harder than steel, six times lighter, strong but flexible, environmentally friendly and the world’s thinnest material. Measuring only a single atom layer, about a one hundred-thousandth the diameter of a human hair, it still retains a remarkable level of conductivity.

Green light for the »Sustainability Performance Center« Green light for the »Sustainability Performance Center«

Climate change, resource scarcity, energy turnaround – these challenges of today’s society require sustainable solutions. Finding these solutions is the aim of the newly founded »Sustainability Performance Center«, consisting of the five Fraunhofer institutes of Freiburg, the University of Freiburg and industry partners.

REACH: safe handling of lll-V compound semiconductors REACH: safe handling of lll-V compound semiconductors

Power electronics of the future cannot be imagined without lll-V semiconductors: Smartphones, LEDs or lasers benefit from the special physical properties of these materials. Under very rare conditions, however, these materials can also cause toxic effects. The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF is therefore elaborating a data basis for the embracing risk assessment of lll-V semiconductors. Thus, potential risks can be avoided along the entire value chain.

Christoph Rüchardt Scholarship Christoph Rüchardt Scholarship

For the winter term 2014/15 and the summer term 2015, the Master students Gazmend Alia, Yannick Folwill, Oksana Kutkina, Gabriel Kalweit und Jonas Weber have been granted a Christoph Rüchardt scholarship. On 30 January they received their scholarship certificates in presence of Prof. Dr. Christoph Rüchardt, former Rector of the University of Freiburg. The Christoph Rüchardt scholarships are granted every year for excellent performance.

Prof. Wolfram Burgard elevated to IEEE Fellow Prof. Wolfram Burgard elevated to IEEE Fellow

Prof. Wofram Burgard (Autonomous Intelligent Systems) has been elevated by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to IEEE Fellow, for his "contributions to mobile robot navigation and simultaneous localization and mapping". IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year! Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Frohe Weihnachten Feliz Navidad Joyeux Noël Merry Christmas Buon Natale Schöni Wiehnacht Счастли́вого Рождества́ عِيدُ مِيلادٍ مَجِيد Boas Festas Весела Коледа 圣诞快乐 Sretan Bozic Veselé Vánoce Glædelig jul Zalig Kerstfeest Hyvää Joulua καλά Χριστούγεννα חג מולד שמח शुभ क्रिस्मस Kellemes karácsonyi ünnepeket Gleðileg jól Selamat Hari Natal クリスマスおめでとう。 크리스마스 잘 보내세요 priecīgus Ziemassvētkus Linksmų Kalėdų Среќен Божиќ God Jul Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia Feliz Natal Crăciun fericit Срећан Божић Veselé Vianoce vesel bôžič Sawadee Pee Mai Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun З Різдвом Kellemes Karacsonyiunnepeket کرسمس مبارک chúc mừng Giáng sinh

Self-Shedding Surfaces Self-Shedding Surfaces

What to do when functional surfaces fail? When catheters become contaminated with microorganisms or sensors no longer react? Until now, the answer was: remove and replace. The chemist Dr. Karen Lienkamp has received a 1.49 million euros Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop an alternative approach. In the future, medical devices or sensors made from functional polymers may be able to “shed” their surface when they are exhausted, allowing them to regenerate and be reused.

Wolfgang-Gentner-Award 2014 for Young Researchers Wolfgang-Gentner-Award 2014 for Young Researchers

Dr. Andreas Menzel (Department of Microsystems Engineering) and Dr. Matthias Sauer (Department of Computer Science) were awarded the Wolfgang-Gentner-Award for Young Researchers 2014 by the President of the University of Freiburg Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Jochen Schiewer during the opening ceremony of the academic year 2014/15.

New Dean Prof. Dr. Georg Lausen New Dean Prof. Dr. Georg Lausen

On October 1st, 2014, Prof. Dr. Georg Lausen, Chair of Databases and Information Systems, Department of Computer Science, will become Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He takes over the office from his precursor Prof. Dr. Yiannos Manoli, Department of Microsystems Engineering.

New Dean Prof. Yiannos Manoli New Dean Prof. Yiannos Manoli

On October 1st, 2012, Prof. Dr. Yiannos Manoli, Fritz Huettinger Chair of Microelectronics, Department of Microsystems Engineering, will become Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He takes over the office from his precursor Prof. Dr. Bernd Becker, Department of Computer Science.

VDI Sponsorship Award 2013 VDI Sponsorship Award 2013

Mrs. Natalie Muller (Department of Microsystems Engineering) and Mr. Milad Miladi (Department of Computer Science) were awarded the VDI Sponsorship Award 2013 by the President of the University of Freiburg Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Jochen Schiewer during the opening ceremony of the academic year 2013/14.

VDI Sponsorship Award 2014 VDI Sponsorship Award 2014

Mr. Lucas Spohn (Department of Microsystems Engineering) and Mr. Nikolaus Mayer (Department of Computer Science) were awarded the VDI Sponsorship Award 2014 by the President of the University of Freiburg Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Jochen Schiewer during the opening ceremony of the academic year 2014/15.

New at the Faculty New at the Faculty

Prof. Dr. Kristof Van Laerhoven has been appointed as a Professor in Embedded Systems

Innovation Award for Adaptive Lenses Innovation Award for Adaptive Lenses

A novel concept for adaptive lenses by Matthias Wapler from the Laboratory for Microactuators presented at the ISOT 2014 has been recognized with the “Innovation in Optomechatronic Research Award”

Electricity from Waste Water Electricity from Waste Water

Joana Danzer has received first prize in the category "science" at this year's F-Cell Awards for a new fuel-cell technology that harnesses energy from bacteria filtered out of waste water.

How a computer determines movements in videos How a computer determines movements in videos

As a PhD student 10 years back in time, the computer scientist Thomas Brox developed a seminal computer vision technique, for which he has now been awarded the renowned Koenderink Prize.

Making synthetic diamond crystals in a plasma reactor Making synthetic diamond crystals in a plasma reactor

Synthetic diamond crystals are of interest to many industrial sectors. Their unique properties make them a suitable material for numerous applications including lenses for high-energy laser optics, X-ray radiation detectors and ophthalmological scalpels. Fraunhofer scientists produce artificial diamonds in all shapes and sizes ranging from discs to three-dimensional shapes and even hollow spheres.

LED lamps: less energy, more light LED lamps: less energy, more light

LEDs are durable and save energy. Now researchers of Fraunhofer IAF have found a way to make LED lamps even more compact while supplying more light than commercially available models. The key to success: transistors made of the semiconductor material gallium nitride.

Well done! Well done!

The Faculty of Engineering congratulates the football team for the worldcup 2014!

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