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New EU transfer project on the way

From galaxy research to the fight against cancer - innoFSPEC has recently acquired funding by the European Commission for the development of pioneering technology for economy and society. The rewarded idea is based on accomplishments in the transfer of high-technology from astronomy research to cancer diagnostics. The aim is an optical design study for the development of a prototype suitable for clinical studies. The innoFSPEC team under leadership of Prof. Dr. Martin Roth and a French industry partner, Winlight Systems, jointly and successfully entered the EU Attract contest. As part of the transfer idea “3D-CANCER-SPEC”, they will now develop a compact screening device, based on an original MUSE spectrograph, in a one-year funding phase. The concept will be publicized in a science journal and a presentation at the final Attract conference in September 2020 in Brussels. This support is expected to encourage funding of a medical device by funding bodies or industrial companies.

For more information please follow this link.

Sunscreen in the lab - Prof. Dr. Bernd Herzog from BASF as guest scientist

Prof. Dr. Bernd Herzog, Head of Global Development UV Protection & Scientific Liaisons at BASF, is currently our guest in Golm. Professor Herzog is both industry affiliate and Professor at the University of Basel. His research focusses on the efficiency of sunscreens. In this context, he cooperates with innoFSPEC. You can learn more about this here.


Multichannel Spectroscopy sheds light onto the end of the Dark Age in the Universe

A team of astronomers found a nearby star-forming galaxy to emit energetic photons in a similar way to the first generation of galaxies. These first galaxies turned the Universe transparent, less than one billion years after the Big Bang. Together with the Calar Alto Observatory, innoFSPEC is involved in this research in the frame of joint projects such as NIR-DETECT und NIR-CLOUD as well as based on the CAHA NIR Astrophotonics Program.

For more details please have a look at the related press release.

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photo: Green pea galaxy NGC 2366 resolved in thousands of blue (young) stars. Nebulae appear as red/rose areas. Mrk 71, the brightest one, is indicated by the arrow. Credits: J. van Eymeren & A. R. López- Sánchez (ATNF).


Best talk award for Thomas Schiewe

How can the innoFSPEC core technology Photon Density Wave (PDW) Spectroscopy help to improve biotech processes? With his talk in the context of the 13th interdisciplinary PhD workshop "Process analytics and beyond" at the BAM (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, Berlin), innoFSPEC fellow Thomas Schiewe has recently won the best talk award. It was a joint talk together with TU Berlin scientist Björn Gutschmann, with the title "E. coli, R. eutropha, and Photon Density Waves". The talk focussed on in-line monitoring of high density E. coli cultivations and PHA bioplastic production processes in R. eutropha utilizing renewable feedstocks.

The PhD workshop is an annual event organized by GDCh (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker) and  DECHEMA. Congratulations, Thomas!

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Another success story of Multi-Channel Spectroscopy

Our colleagues of the innoFSPEC Multi-Channel Spectroscopy group have achieved great new results with their research on stars in the spiral galaxy NGC 300. By telling the story of how astronomy has reached this point, Prof. Dr. Martin M. Roth helps us understand why this result is so exciting. Visit the related blog here and learn more about:

  • The history of spectroscopy in astronomy
  • How galaxies can be turned from blurry patches of light to dazzling bubbles of stars
  • How the MUSE instrument picks out individual stars in other galaxies
  • That two new ESO telescopes will be able to investigate stars in other galaxies in even more detail

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source: ESO