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innoFSPEC fibres on Potsdam Science Park tram

Colorful from A to B: Early on January 23, 2020, the first Potsdam Science Park tram left the factory building of the Verkehrsbetriebe Potsdam (ViP). The tram will now be used on various lines throughout the Potsdam city area. The middle module on both sides of the tram is decorated with a scientific image. On one side, you can see optical fibres from innoFSPEC (photo taken by Dr. Roland Hass).

So keep your eyes open in Potsdam, and you will discover the Science Park tram with "our" fibres on it!

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photo: StaGo/Hinz

Next Joint Lab workshop – register now!

Our second Joint Lab workshop will take place on Friday, 14 February 2020, in Potsdam Science Park. The workshop is planned as a full-day event starting on 9 am and deals with success factors for joint labs as longterm cooperations between academia, industry and society.

Renown speakers will present insights from practice and we will discuss these further together with our guests. The event is jointly supported by the University of Potsdam, Potsdam Transfer (Inno-UP), innoFSPEC and Fraunhofer Leistungszentrum, Golm. For more information and registration please use this link:


innoFSPEC supporting bioplastic development from waste

Scientists from various disciplines and institutions work in the development of biodegradable plastic with good product properties. In a joint project between TU Berlin and innoFSPEC, waste fats are used as raw materials. Our collegue Thomas Schiewe is responsible for inline monitoring of the underlying production process. The overall aim of the project is to develop a substitute for the relatively inexpensive conventional plastic, i.e. to make bioplastic as cheap and resource-saving as possible to produce.

Details on this project were published in the recent „Portal Wissen“ journal (1/2020). For more insights read the full article here.

Light diagnosis directly on the patient

Many paths lead to personalized medicine. Scientists from innoFSPEC Potsdam and B CUBE Dresden make use of optical fibres and novel nanostructured materials with the aim, for example, to detect and to treat cancer. Recently, this new project called OptiZeD has started which was the background for an article published on the BMBF website, program "Innovation und Strukturwandel:

For more info on the OptiZeD project, please go here.


Professor Loock from Canada as guest scientist @innoFSPEC

In October, we welcomed Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Loock from Queen‘s University, Kingston in Ontario, for a three-months research stay funded by DAAD. We look forward to working with Hans-Peter Loock and his team on a project related to the development of fibre-optic sensors for process control of industrial non-ferrous metal smelters. We also plan to initiate further research projects, publications and academic exchanges during this visit.

Professor Loock is a highly renowned scientist in the fields of optical spectroscopy, sensing and analytics. He is a fellow both of the Optical Society of America and the Chemical Institute of Canada. Since 2015, he has been in the supervisory board of the Canadian Society for Chemistry, and one year later he became head of the Department of Chemistry at Queen‘s University. From January 2020, Professor Loock will serve as Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada).

For more information, please use this link.