04/01/2022Advance 4D manufacturing technology and help prevent the spread of coronavirus -these goals inspired a project by the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Programmable Materials. Unlike 3D printing, 4D production features the added dimension of time. The technology uses shape memory polymers to print objects that can change their shape once at a later point in time.
10/01/2022Biosensors are suitable for many uses in the medical field. In intensive care medicine, smart biosensors collect, and process precise data for patient monitoring. The sensor systems can be used in various applications and facilitate ICU monitoring.
08/02/2022Many medical applications use UV-C LEDs and UV sensors in the fight against germs. They support monitoring and disinfection, as the sensors are designed to even detect bacterial contamination.
16/03/2022Disinfection is a key strategy to contain the current and future pandemics. Publicly accessible buildings, facilities, transportation, and hospitals need effective protection against viruses and bacteria.
04/04/2022They have been featured extensively in the news or in rehabilitation centers: Exoskeletons are wearable medical devices that help users walk again if they suffered a spinal cord injury. Researchers now want to apply the same principle on a much smaller scale to assist finger joints.
01/07/2022The Fraunhofer IZM is coordinating the PoC-BoSens project, which comprises a transnational team from various specialist fields that developed a biosensor prototype that can reliably quantify the biomarkers for several infectious diseases in less than 15 minutes.
01/09/2022The biggest problem with renewable energies is still that the electricity generated cannot be stored and is therefore not available at all times. For this reason, the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena has been working on the battery of the future for some time. Prof. Dr. Ulrich S. Schubert, for example, is focusing his research on so-called redox flow batteries based on polymers.