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Department Management at Fraunhofer ILT
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Department Management at Fraunhofer ILT

For more than 35 years, the industry has relied on Fraunhofer ILT as a partner for innovation in the field of laser technology and photonics. Over the years, the institute has grown considerably and new tasks and fields of activity have been added. We have therefore structured our expertise in a new way and set forward-looking focal points. The new structure further strengthens our agility. The interdisciplinary approach of laser beam sources, optics and laser applications, which has already benefited our customers, is being expanded to include specialist competencies such as digitalization and quantum technology. The synergy also allows us to serve new areas such as digital production and the quantum internet with laser technology solutions. The new Data Science and Measurement Technology department takes account of the massive expansion of our expertise and the increasing demand for solutions in this area.

In order to quickly develop the best possible solutions for our customers in our business areas, we are strengthening our market competence by bundling our expertise in a new “Business Development / Research Markets” department. This new department will be headed by Prof. Arnold Gillner. In the sense of a matrix organization, we are thus addressing customer needs in an even more targeted manner on an industry-specific basis. In doing so, we will draw on various competencies in the different departments to develop tailor-made solutions. In the overarching research programs, we will generate a broad impact and an efficient transfer of research know-how.

On October 1, 2022, Prof. Carlo Holly took over the department “Data Science and Measurement Technology,” Dr. Christian Vedder the department “Surface Technology and Ablation,” Dr. Achim Lenenbach the department “Laser Medical Technology and Biophotonics,” Dr. Alexander Olowinsky the department “Joining and Cutting,” Dr. Thomas Schopphoven the department “Laser Material Deposition,” Dr. Jasmin Saewe the department “Laser Powder Bed Fusion” and Hans-Dieter Hoffmann the department “Beam Sources.”

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Federal Ministry of Education and Research promotes joint project “B-cell immune“

Since September 2022, inno-train Diagnostik GmbH, Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover (MHH), the Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT and LPKF Laser & Electronics AG have been pooling their expertise in a joint research project on the prevention and treatment of epidemic infections.
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BMBF project “IDEA”: Two production lines with exemplary character for industrial 3D printing

They had an ambitious goal – to industrialize additive manufacturing for both OEMs and SMEs. To reach it, partners from industry along with the Fraunhofer Institutes for Laser Technology ILT and for Production Technology IPT as well as RWTH Aachen University launched the BMBF joint project “IDEA – Industrialization of Digital Engineering and Additive Manufacturing” three years ago. As part of the project, they built two automated, additive production lines for metal 3D printing with exemplary performance to produce powerful high-end components such as those for gas turbines. And they did so successfully: In Berlin and Georgensgmünd, metal components have recently been produced with 3D printing, demonstrating how not only large corporations, but also SMEs can additively produce individualized components in medium batch sizes economically. Fraunhofer ILT's Laser Power Bed Fusion (LPBF) process and digital engineering along the entire product development chain play an important role in optimizing the components.
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The Third Laser Colloquium Hydrogen LKH₂: Pioneer for the Fraunhofer Project H2GO

The third edition of the Laser Colloquium Hydrogen LKH₂ attracted 70 production professionals to Aachen with a special feature. After two virtual meetings, the third LKH₂ took place as a face-to-face event for the first time, which the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT used for live demonstrations at the institute’s new hydrogen laboratory, which maps the entire process chain. At the two-day insider meeting of the hydrogen community, the LKH₂ guests also learned how the Aachen-based company intends to give wings to the “H2GO - National Fuel Cell Production Action Plan” with its research activities.
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Multiplex analysis with paramagnetic microparticles

Among many challenges, the COVID-19 pandemic also brought a surge of innovation in diagnostics. Within the shortest amount of time, reliable detection methods had to be developed, countless laboratories equipped, and several hundred thousand tests per week carried out. In the course of this, a team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen has developed a new readout unit for paramagnetic particles in a microfluidic system. The special feature here is the type of particles: They are microparticles of different sizes and fluorescence, which are “loaded” with different capture molecules (antigens or antibodies) as required, so that up to 24 analytes can be detected simultaneously.
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