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Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP): Apply Now

News / November 2021

Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP)
© Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP)
The excellent graduate school in Germany.

Applications are accepted until December 1

The Max Planck School of Photonics is looking for excellent applicants with Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degrees in physics, engineering or a related subject, which aim to further develop their research skills and network in one of the most innovative graduate programs in Germany. The application phase for program start in September 2022 is currently running until December 1st.

The Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP) is an international and interdisciplinary graduate school offering an integrated MSc and PhD program (or PhD program only) in the field of Photonics to very good graduates. 
Professor Peter Loosen from Fraunhofer ILT: "We have had very good experience with the program. All the people we supervised from the MPSP were enthusiastic about the program. I can only advise to apply now until the first of December!"

Full funding - no tuition fees

To enable PhD students to fully concentrate on learning and research, they receive scholarships (in the Study Phase) or full staff positions (in the Research Phase).

Excellent teaching and research facilities

The laboratories and teaching facilities of the partner institutions make students' hearts beat faster - because excellent research can only come about with excellent equipment.

An outstanding network of world-renowned fellows

During their PhD, doctoral students are supervised by an MPSP Fellow and receive support and knowledge from the entire Fellow network.

Very good connections to industry

Academia, industry or your own startup? No matter what the career path should look like, the MPSP prepares ideally for it through training and contacts.

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Virtual tour through our LPBF labs: advanced Additive Manufacturing for your innovations

News / October 2021

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Customers benefit not only from the many years of experience and profound know-how of the Fraunhofer ILT experts in the field of LPBF, but also from the extensive equipment.

In industry, additive laser processes are being applied in a continuously broadening spectrum. Since the mid-1990s, Fraunhofer ILT has been pushing additive manufacturing (AM) forward - e.g. with the Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) process. 

LPBF makes it possible to manufacture complex functional components in a resource-efficient and economical way. Since it has high geometric flexibility in the production of metallic components, the process offers a number of advantages compared to conventional manufacturing techniques and is suitable for applications in various industries, such as turbo machinery, aerospace, automotive and medical technology. 

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AKL‘22: Laser Technology – Productive, Flexible and Smart

From May 4 to 6, 2022, laser manufacturers and users from various industries will meet for the 13th time at the “AKL – International Laser Technology Congress.” Prof. Constantin Häfner, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, is pleased to welcome the laser community live in Aachen for AKL’22, particularly since the congress had to be postponed due to the pandemic. 87 speakers bring participants up to date on the current status and trends in laser technology in production. Whether it’s about productivity increases in additive manufacturing, AI-supported laser systems or networked digital process chains for the smart production of tomorrow, the latest findings of applied research as well as pioneering achievements of the industry will be presented and discussed at AKL’22. Registration for AKL’22 is now open at
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A Defining Patent: 25 Years of Metallic 3D Laser Printing

A drone hovers in the sky above the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen. It films 50 employees from the “Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF)” department from above as they stand together and form the number 25. The anniversary of the basic patent for LPBF marks an occasion for a video clip: 25 years ago, only one Fraunhofer ILT researcher was actively working on the project and the patent for metallic 3D laser printing was filed in 1996. “This is an auspicious occasion for a retrospective and outlook on our technology,” Jasmin Saewe says, pleased. She has been head of the LPBF competence area at Fraunhofer ILT for several months. Today, she is in charge of around 50 employees and students.
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Personalized medicine: 3D printing enables tissue with customized shape

In the case of serious soft tissue injuries, tissue transplantation is sometimes unavoidable. For the patient, however, this means a serious intervention. In the future, the missing tissue could grow directly in the patient's body - in isolation chambers that can be implanted under the skin and individually adapted to the wound geometry. The 3D-printed chambers developed by the research team from the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP and for Laser Technology ILT as well as the BG Klinik Ludwigshafen will be presented at the MEDICA medical technology trade fair in Düsseldorf from November 15 to 18 in Hall 3, Booth E74.
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Intelligent sensor technology for railways – safety and service through LPBF and AI

Sensors in the chassis and doors of a passenger train contact the SAP system of Deutsche Bahn AG via 5G and report defects before they occur. Science fiction? Defective components cause the “delays in operations” that are unpopular among rail passengers. At the same time, the replacement of still functioning components at rigid maintenance intervals does not make ecological and economical sense.
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