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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.

innoFSPEC presenting @EPIC World Photonics Technology Summit, 2019

Martin Roth was invited to give a talk on August 29, 2019, at the annual summit of EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium) in Berlin. With his presentation entitled "Astrophotonics - A New Star on the Horizon of Photonic Sensors“, Martin Roth presented recent research results and implications for the application of new photonic technologies.

EPIC is the foremost industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organisations working in the field of photonics in Europe.

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photo: EPIC report and video,


Moving on to industry

innoFSPEC fellow Dr. Roland Hass continues his successful career by switching to BASF in Schwarzheide, Southern Brandenburg. Beginning of August 2019, our former head of the research group „Applied Analytical Photonics“ took over the position as team leader of the centre for process analytical technology at BASF. Due to the strong overlap with innoFSPEC research and transfer activities, we are planning to cooperate closely in the respective fields.

Congratulations, Roland, on this career step and all the best for the future!

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photo: Ute Sommer, WFBB

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)