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Three million euro for new methodology in personalised medicine

The Center for Molecular Bioengineering (B CUBE) of TU Dresden and innoFSPEC Potsdam, both are parts of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) centers for innovation competence (ZIK) initiative, will receive BMBF funding of approximately three million euros for the project „Optical Cell Diagnosis and Manipulation” (OptiZeD). Innovative methods for personalised medicine will be developed with the help of a novel, miniaturized multiparameter biosensor system.

See full press release here.


Vision of the MetaZIKs OptiZeD for the development of an integral multiparameter biosensor system (MBS) © Yixin Zhang

innoFSPEC as a leading Astrophotonics Institute

The Astro2020 Decadal Survey White Paper quotes innoFSPEC as a leading Astrophotonics Institute.

The Astro2020 Decadal Survey is an extensive strategy process in the U.S.A., whose goal is to identify research priorities in Astrophysics over the next 10 years, with an important impact on government funding of major research infrastructure such as ground based observatories and space missions. The process has begun with an open call for ideas that was implemented through the collection of so-called White Papers on a variety of topics, with a deadline on July 10, 2019.

A White Paper by Gatkine et al. on the subject or Astrophotonics was made publicly available, closing with a recommendation to create a distributed, multidisciplinary Institute of Astrophotonics in the U.S.A.

innoFSPEC in Germany and CUDOS in Australia are mentioned as successful models for such an endeavour. The White Paper, co-authored by a number of prominent researchers from NASA and elsewhere, including Nobel laureate John Mather, is an encouraging confirmation of the mission and research strategy of innoFPEC Potsdam.

Decadal Survey

© The Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro2020) 

innoFSPEC at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science at University of Potsdam celebrated its 25th birthday on 27 June 2019, and innoFSPEC was highly appreciated during the ceremony. Dean Professor Helmut Elsenbeer emphasized the prominent role of innoFSPEC within the faculty. He underlined the successful development of the innovation centre as a hidden champion of the University. Besides, Professor Henrike Müller-Werkmeister highlighted the actitivities of innoFSPEC regarding applied research and transfer as part of her outlook towards the coming 25 years of the faculty. In particular, she referred to the transfer-oriented project GO:UP (BMBF, program ‚Innovative Hochschule‘) where, among others, innoFSPEC together with Potsdam Transfer is currently establishing interdisciplinary so-called joint labs with partners from industry and science. Last not least, Dean Elsenbeer denoted Prof. Ilko Bald, member of innoFSPEC, as outstanding scientist among the freshly recruited faculty.

We are especially proud of Wenke Müller, now M. Sc. chemistry student at University of Potsdam. She has just completed her Bachelor degree as best of her year and won the Leopold-von-Buch-Bachelor Award of the faculty for her excellent Bachelor thesis. She wrote her thesis „Synthesis and Optical Characterization of Particle Size Distribution of Wax Dispersions“ („Herstellung und Optische Charakterisierung der Partikelgrößenverteilung von Wachsdispersionen“) within innoFSPEC under the direct guidance of Dr. Lena Bressel (supervisor Prof. Dr. H.-G. Löhmannsröben). To make her achievement a complete success, Wenke Müller was also honored by President Oliver Günther at the central graduation ceremony: she is among the best Potsdam University graduates of year!

Congratulations, Wenke!

 Award Wenke

Wenke Müller with award at the Faculty’s anniversary celebration
(credits: Silvia Adelhelm)

The Faculty of Science is the largest of the five faculties at the University of Potsdam. The majority of its departments are located in the Science Park in Potsdam-Golm. The Faculty of Science maintains close collaborative relationships with extramural research institutions in the Potsdam region in the form of joint professorships and numerous projects. These partnerships cover a broad spectrum from basic research to application-oriented research. The faculty also has cooperative relationships with several research institutions throughout Germany and the entire world. Over 80 professors teach and research at the faculty. They supervise almost 6,000 students and doctoral candidates.

Conceptual Design Review for an ultra-stable Exoplanet-Hunter-Spectrograph

On June 25/26 2019, an international team of experts, chaired by Martin Roth, were invited to review the conceptual design for an ultra-stable high resolution spectrograph at the 10.4 m Telescope GTC at La Palma, Canary Islands. The meeting was hosted by the Instituto Astrofisica de Canarias in La Laguna, Tenerife. For an estimated cost of 17 MEUR, a consortium of four partners is planning to build an ambitious, ultra-stable spectrograph for research on exoplanets, metal-poor stars, and other sciences cases. The consortium consists of NOAC, the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NOAC), the Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (NIAOT), the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias(IAC), and GRANTECAN S.A., the company that is operating the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS (GTC). The design of the spectrograph is proceeding quickly and involves exciting astrophotonics technologies such as optimized optical fibers and laser frequency combs.
GTC-HRS consortium members and the review panel in La Laguna, Tenerife

Further Heisenberg fellowship and DFG grant for Claudia Pacholski

Dr. Claudia Pacholski – head of the research group Optical Materials – succeded in prolongating her Heisenberg fellowship funded by the DFG. Thus, she will continue her work on the bottom-up fabrication of tailor-made plasmonic sensors for the specific and sensitive detection of target analytes in complex matrices. In this framework her work got additionally supported by a project grant of the DFG for developing chemical routes to prepare two-dimensional photonic crystal sensors equipped with nano/microcavities. Congratulations, Claudia!

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