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30 years of German Unity meets 30 smart minds

30 years of German Unity and a lot more to celebrate! Since 1999, around 600 initiatives have been funded by the programs "Entrepreneurial Regions " and "Innovation & Structural transformation" with resources of around 2.2 billion euros by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

As part of a series of interviews with 30 great scientists of the funding programs, our colleague Dr. Anne Hartwig (Applied Analytical Photonics) was interviewed on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of regional innovation funding of the Ministry. Her vision is that ecologically sustainable production technologies - such as photon density spectroscopy  - will be standard in 30 years!

Read more about further smart ideas for the upcoming 30 years.


Dr. Anne Hartwig (Applied Analytical Photonic) © private

PlasMark: 1 Million € project granted for detecting microplastics with Raman imaging

Fluorescent microplastic particles. Photo: Kerstin Riebe (AIP)

The research and innovation centers innoFSPEC, HIKE (Medical Department of Greifswald University) and Plasmatis (Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, Greifswald) will launch a joint research project (Meta-ZIK program) to detect microplastics in cell tissues. For identifying harmful particles, innoFSPEC will apply and refine snapshot Raman imaging derived from hyperspectral astronomy techniques.

The BMBF will support innoFSPEC with 925,000 € including a subcontract for developing a new tailor-made wide field spectrograph.

The PlasMark project will start in October 2020 and will run until December 2022.


Bioplastics from food waste – Alternatives to conventional polymers

Together with a team from the Department of Bioprocess Engineering at TU Berlin our colleague and doctoral student Thomas Schiewe is investigating alternatives to conventional polymers. For the development of fully biodegradable plastics, the researchers wanted to avoid foods, such as corn or sugar cane, and came across waste fats. These are found in agricultural waste streams, the catering industry, or in the processing of food residues. To monitor the bacterial polymerization process in real time, the researchers use photon density wave (PDW) spectroscopy developed by innoFSPEC Potsdam. This enables them to optimize the harvesting of the bioplastics and increase the product yield.

Read more here.


Bioplastics II

© Ernst Kazcysnki

innoFSPEC @ Potsdam Science Park "Research Guide"

Located in Potsdam-Golm innoFSPEC is part of the Potsdam Science Park - The largest and fastest growing location for research and innovation in the Federal State of Brandenburg. More than 12,500 people conduct research, work and study here in the fields of biotechnology, medical technology, optics, geosciences, astro and gravitational physics, and other areas. Leading research institutions and a continually growing number of companies and startups are jointly creating a campus of the future.

In order to give an overview to the scientific diversity in the Science Park, the Science Park Management has finally published the brand new Reaserach Guide. With the help of a location map and lots of relevant facts and information, now visitors and cooperation partner can easily find their way around the campus - and to innoFSPEC. 

We are very happy to be part of the guide! You will find us on page 45. 



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