Current projects

 

BMBF project / 20.11.2017

NanoFRET – new rapid test for malaria

The Fraunhofer Institutes ISC and IME teamed up with the University of Tübingen for a new highly sensitive and reliable rapid diagnostic test to detect malaria parasites in blood. Special antibodies able to identify proteins from the malaria parasite are coupled to novel fluorescent nanoparticles. The detection of the pathogen will then be based on a special technique (time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer TR-FRET).

Bavarian StMWI project / 4.10.2017

DEGREEN – Using elastomer films to generate electricity

Water is still the most important source of renewable energy in Bavaria, Germany.. But conventional hydroelectric plants, especially micro hydro generators, are a subject of controversy due to their low output volumes and their interference with the ecosystem. The Fraunhofer ISC researchers are working on an environmentally friendly alternative: in the future, innovative elastomer materials are set to convert the mechanical energy produced by flowing water directly into electrical energy. The elastomer generators are designed to operate silently in shallow and small waters without a check dam. They are suitable for use as a decentralized power supply for campsites or remote settlements.

 

BMWi project / 5.9.2017

FLEX-G – switchable membrane roofs and façades

The main goal of the project is to investigate technologies for the manufacturing of translucent and transparent membrane roof and façade elements with integrated optoelectronic components. The focus lies on a switchable total energy transmittance and on flexible solar cell integration to contribute to both energy saving and power generation in buildings.

EU project / 20.3.2017

Bio4Comp – molecular motor-powered biocomputers

The recently launched research project aims to develop a biocomputer that can overcome the two main obstacles faced by today’s supercomputers: first, they use vast amounts of electric power – so much that the development of more powerful computers is hampered primarily by limitations in the ability to cool the processors. Second, they cannot do two things at the same time. The EU now funds a project that will develop a computer based on highly efficient molecular motors that will use a fraction of the energy of existing computers, and that can tackle problems where many solutions need to be explored simultaneously.

 

EU project / 6.3.2017

ECO COM'BAT – sustainable energy storage with high-voltage batteries

The project aims at the development of an innovative high voltage battery, that increases the range of electric vehicles, allows fast charging and will be more stable, lighter and more durable.

BMBF project / 30.11.2016

flex25 – flexible protection for "smart" building and façade components

The »flex 25« project team made key progress in the integration of electronic components in flexible, film-based building envelope areas. The researchers successfully applied cost-efficient coating procedures on fluoropolymer films. A roll-to-roll process was used to functionalize the films with a multi-layer-coating to protect integrated electronic components from water vapour and UV light. Furthermore, a long-term stable antireflective coating was successfully applied to the weather side surface. Low-priced roll-to-roll processing enables the functionalization of large-area membrane elements of practically unlimited length.