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July 26, 2022 | SurFunction GmbH founds subsidiary in Dresden to establish sustainable laser technology in industry

The founding team of SurFunction Tec GmbH.
The founding team of SurFunction Tec GmbH.

Only two years ago, SurFunction GmbH emerged from the spin-off of TU Dresden (TUD), Saarland University and the Material Engineering Center Saarland. Now it is founding its own subsidiary, SurFunction Tec GmbH, which will enrich the high-tech location of Dresden with its know-how in the field of laser beam interference patterning (xDLIP). The highly sustainable xDLIP method uses pulsed lasers to create microscopically small structures that make products more durable, sustainable and efficient. The founders' goal is therefore to firmly establish the technology in industry in the coming years. The first fields of application have already been identified - in the automotive industry, medicine, security technology and even space technology: "Our technology has made it to the International Space Station ISS in several projects, where it was tested by our German astronaut Matthias Maurer," says Dr. Dominik Britz, Managing Director of SurFunction GmbH. Together with Dr. Bogdan Voisiat from TU Dresden, he is now also taking over the management of the subsidiary. "With the strategic decision to establish SurFunction TEC in Dresden, we are also following the recent technology settlements in the Dresden region. With our xDLIP technology, we see many interesting interfaces and further innovation potential," says Voisiat. Thanks to the close cooperation with universities, the rapid transfer of research results into practice is also ensured.

July 18, 2022 | Carbon concrete bridge from TU Dresden awarded: Double honor at fib congress in Oslo

The CarboLight Bridge in Deutsches Museum in Munich presents the advantages of the innovative material combination.
The CarboLight Bridge in Deutsches Museum in Munich presents the advantages of the innovative material combination.

Visitors to the Deutsches Museum in Munich can currently admire the CarboLight Bridge, which was designed and built by scientists from TU Dresden. What's special about it is that thanks to the innovative construction method using carbon and infralight concrete, the bridge not only boasts a slim design, but the filigree structure has also been built in a way that is particularly resource-friendly. These properties have now also attracted the attention of the Fédération international du Béton (FIB), the international concrete association. It presented the carbon concrete bridge with two awards at the renowned fib Congress in Oslo: the special prize in the competition for exceptional concrete structures and the 'Innovation Award 2022' for a paper describing the process from design to implementation. Civil engineer Marc Koschemann, who planned and supervised the construction of the bridge, is delighted with the award and sees further need for action in the use of lightweight materials in the industry: "The construction industry must change significantly so that we can build in a way that conserves resources and reduces CO2 emissions in the future. The use of innovative building materials such as carbon concrete is fundamental to achieving this goal." An important innovation driver in this field is the Dresden-based association "C³" (Carbon Concrete Composites), which is working to bring the building material to market. On their way to practical maturity, the Free State recently granted them funding of 2.15 million euros. According to Saxony's Minister of Economic Affairs, Martin Dulig, the aim is to further expand the knowledge and technological lead that already exists.

July 6, 2022 | Robert Habeck gives Sunfire from Dresden the go-ahead for series production of electrolyzers

With the industrialization of its electrolysis technologies, Sunfire is making an important contribution to the decarbonization of energy-intensive industries.
With the industrialization of its electrolysis technologies, Sunfire is making an important contribution to the decarbonization of energy-intensive industries.

Green hydrogen is one of the most important energy carriers of the future, which is why the science location of Dresden is driving the development of the technology in research and industry. One of the key players in this field is the Dresden-based company Sunfire, which wants to bring electrolysers for the production of green hydrogen into series production. For this project, the electrolysis specialist recently applied for financial support under the European funding program "Important Projects of Common European Interest" (IPCEI). Although approval of the funding from the EU Commission is still pending, the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate has already approved the early start of the measures. "Sunfire can thus get started as one of the first companies within the framework of the major joint European project. This is a strong sign - also for Germany and Saxony as a business location," explains Economics Minister Robert Habeck, adding, "Especially in these difficult times, we need to move the ramp-up of the hydrogen economy all the more quickly. The industrial series production of electrolysers is a very important building block for this." Sunfire CFO Stephan Garabet is delighted with the signal from Berlin: "The approval for an early project start underscores our central role in the hydrogen value chain. With the funding, we can scale up significantly faster, more innovatively and more extensively than we would be able to with our own resources."

July 1, 2022 | Cancer therapy with AI: More effect, less side effect

ProtOnART - a new consortium for adaptive proton online radiation therapy.
ProtOnART - a new consortium for adaptive proton online radiation therapy.

As a leading smart health location, Dresden is one of the key drivers of progress in cancer research. Now, with the participation of Dresden's OncoRay Center, a new international consortium is joining forces to achieve a new standard of radiotherapy. This is to be achieved with adaptive proton online radiation therapy (ProtOnART), which gives the consortium its name. Radiation therapy with protons is a treatment method that is already used in everyday practice. It is considered particularly gentle and effective because it spares the tissue surrounding the tumor to the maximum. However, the anatomical changes of the treated patient are a challenge: Tumors and organs can both change position and vary in size from day to day. To address this challenge, the consortium aims to develop an AI-based proton therapy that detects anatomical changes in near real time. Prof. Mechthild Krause, director of OncoRay in Dresden emphasizes, "Our vision is to develop the technologically and clinically best possible radiation therapy. We achieve this by optimally exploiting the physical advantages of protons, even for variable anatomies. With ProtOnART, we aim to bring AI-assisted adaptive proton therapy to clinical reality, benefiting especially patients with highly variable and mobile tumors." In addition to the OncoRay Center in Dresden, PARTICLE and In Beam Applications (IBA) from Belgium as well as Ray Search Laboratories from Sweden are contributing their technical expertise to the international research project.

June 31, 2022 | Innovations for the energy transition: Institute for Energy Technology in Dresden moves into new research building

The lightly folded aluminum panels of the exterior façade of the new research building gleam in the sunshine.
The lightly folded aluminum panels of the exterior façade of the new research building gleam in the sunshine.

More independence through renewable energies and modern storage technologies - a goal that has been pursued in Dresden not only since the Ukraine war. As one of the leading greentech locations in Europe, the state capital has been driving the energy transition for many years. In the future, a new research building on the TU Dresden campus, which was opened by the Institute of Energy Technology (IET) on June 20, 2022, will contribute to this. It offers the institute's 22 scientists optimal conditions for their research. Thanks to interlinked test and  laboratory halls, the innovative new building favors networked work and has space for a total of three professorships. These professorships  develop new technologies for energy generation and storage, including hydrogen, nuclear energy, and cooling and heating technology. Concrete applications include research into alternative refrigerants for electric vehicles or household appliances. On the occasion of the opening of the new building, Saxony's Science Minister Sebastian Gemkow (CDU) emphasized: "The success of the energy turnaround depends decisively on how well research in the field of energy technology is positioned. Ultimately, the projects that are realized here will result in benefits for society as a whole."

June 14, 2022 | From research directly into practice - National Lightweight Construction Validation Center opened.

Lightweight construction technologies are an important key to shaping the future of the economy, which is why the Institute for Lightweight Construction and Plastics Technology (ILK) at TU Dresden has been researching their development since 2010. In order to transfer the results of this research into industrial practice even faster in the future, it has now founded the National Lightweight Design Validation Center (LEIV), a new facility that is intended to benefit small and medium-sized enterprises in particular. At the LEIV's opening ceremony, board spokesman Prof. Maik Gude spoke of a milestone in European lightweight construction research: "Our efforts to take a sustainable approach to  the development and manufacture of largely resource-neutral high-tech products are coming to life here at the LEIV." Dr. Robert Franke, Head of Economic Development, and Michael Kellner, Green Party State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate, were also on hand for the event. One of the new center's first central goals is to reduce resource consumption in the manufacture of high-tech lightweight structures by 80 percent up to 2030. In this way, Dresden's lightweight construction research is making an important contribution on the way to an environmentally friendly circular economy. With the ILK at the helm, Dresden is one of the most important European locations in this research field.

June 7, 2022 | New center for semiconductor research opened in Dresden

In the direct vicinity of the chip giants Bosch, Global Foundries and AMTC, a lighthouse of semiconductor research with international appeal has emerged: The Center for Advanced CMOS & Heterointegration Saxony, which was officially opened on June 7. In the future, two Fraunhofer Institutes will bundle their competencies here. Their cooperation helps to attract semiconductor companies and system users as well as material and equipment manufacturers from all over the world and to bind them to the location around Silicon Saxony. "Thanks to the close cooperation between the two research institutions made possible by the center with its 4,000 square meter clean room, optimal conditions have been created for outstanding semiconductor research," says Dr. Manuela Junghähnel. Together with Dr. Wenke Weinrich, she will head the center and drive research with state-of-the-art 300 millimeter wafers. Dr. Robert Franke, Head of the Economic Development Department, is also convinced of the charisma of the new research location: "Fraunhofer's new center is an invaluable asset for Silicon Saxony and, more specifically, for our semiconductor campus at Airport Park. This is where the next chapters of Europe's leading microelectronics location will be written."

June 7, 2022 | Volkswagen group IT moves in Universelle Werke

Dr. Robert Franke, Head of the Office for Economic Development and Mayor Dirk Hilbert warmly welcome Volkswagen's IT research unit to the Innovation Center Universelle Werke.
Dr. Robert Franke, Head of the Office for Economic Development and Mayor Dirk Hilbert warmly welcome Volkswagen's IT research unit to the Innovation Center Universelle Werke.

Volkswagen has moved its IT research unit for networking the production of all VW locations into the Innovation Center Universal Works - Dresden's largest innovation hub. The building is operated by Technologiezentrum Dresden GmbH, in which the city also holds a stake. Mayor Dirk Hilbert personally welcomed the new tenants: "Volkswagen not only built the Transparent Factory in Dresden, but has since been driving innovation throughout the city, creating value at the location." A goal to which the Dresden Economic Development Agency and its head Dr. Robert Franke are also dedicated: "Our task as economic developers is to create suitable space for innovative companies and start-ups and then to bind them to Dresden in the long term through support and networking." Prof. Dr. Uwe Wieland, head of the Dresden location of the VW Group Software Innovation & Development, explains how things will continue: "In three years, we have grown to 50 IT specialists. With the so-called Industrial Cloud, we will network all 120 of Volkswagen's group-wide manufacturing plants." One focus is on the use of artificial intelligence, which adequately replicates human vision. "With the pioneering role of TU Dresden and HTW Dresden in communications technology, the city has clear locational advantages," says Wieland.

May 27, 2022 | TU spin-off Heteromerge develops 3D multi-material printer for the nanometer range

The heteromerge team around TU Professor Robert Kirchner: Jörg Knorr, Siddharth Das, Dr. Ye Yu and Dr. Robert Kirchner (from left to right)
The heteromerge team around TU Professor Robert Kirchner: Jörg Knorr, Siddharth Das, Dr. Ye Yu and Dr. Robert Kirchner (from left to right)

As a spin-off of the research group "3D Mesoscopic Systems" at the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) at TU Dresden, the startup Heteromerge specializes in the development of high-precision 3D printers. Within the scope of its research, it has developed a patented process for automated material exchange that is capable for the first time of performing multimaterial printing with structure sizes of up to 100 nanometers. This is possible due to the high accuracy of the print head used, which places realignments after material exchange with an accuracy of up to 10 nanometers - independent of the print substrate. This means that the technology can be used on silicon and glass as well as on passive and active printing substrates, such as LEDs or lasers. In order to bring the novel process to market as quickly as possible, Heteromerge has been participating in the EXIST funding program of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection since May 2021. The Dresden-based company has also applied with its innovative technology for the futureSAX audience award of the innovation platform of the Free State of Saxony.

May 20, 2022 | TU neurobiologist Catherina Becker receives Humboldt Professorship

Prof. Catherina Becker is a pioneer in the study of spinal cord regeneration in zebrafish.
Prof. Catherina Becker is a pioneer in the study of spinal cord regeneration in zebrafish.

On May 12, 2022, the time had come: Catherina Becker, neurobiologist at TU Dresden, received the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, the most highly endowed international research award in Germany. The focus of her research at the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) is the regeneration of the central nervous system, the brain and the spinal cord. To this end, the world's leading neurobiologist is investigating mechanisms in the spinal cord of zebrafish, which have a special regenerative capacity. Even as a young doctoral student, Becker was fascinated by the ability of fish and frogs to repair their nervous systems which humans can't. "As one of the leading institutes in the field of regeneration research, the CRTD is a very attractive research environment that offers me many research and collaboration opportunities," says Prof. Catherina Becker. "I am very happy to be able to work at the CRTD at TU Dresden with the support of the Humboldt Professorship. Here I am part of the Johannstadt Campus, which offers wonderful opportunities for research collaborations with the surrounding institutes."

May 13, 2022 | Hightech-Gründerfonds passes the baton: Dresden-based startup Arioso Systems acquired by Bosch

Small chip, big effect: Arioso's micro loudspeakers are only a few square millimeters in size.
Small chip, big effect: Arioso's micro loudspeakers are only a few square millimeters in size.

Smaller than a one-cent coin and yet with excellent sound - the market for micro-speakers is developing rapidly. At the forefront of this development is Dresden-based startup Arioso Systems, which is working on the market launch of high-performance and energy-efficient micro-speakers. It uses a special technology called "Nanoscopic Electrostatic Drive" developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS). The project team at the IPMS, which is based in Dresden and Cottbus, is also where Arioso's founders came from, having brought the technology to market maturity in recent years with the financial support of the Hightech-Gründerfonds. With the entry of Bosch Sensoric, the startup now wants to bring its micro-speakers into mass production and sell them to manufacturers of Bluetooth headphones and smartphones, such as Apple or Sennheiser.  The special feature: The membranes of Arioso loudspeakers have an unusually large volume because, unlike the competition, they use not only their surface but also vertically arranged lamellae as a sound space. As a result, this leads to higher energy efficiency and greater sustainability, making Arioso one of the world's most innovative suppliers of micro loudspeakers. Market experts forecast strong growth for this market segment in the coming years. According to tech specialist Yole, for example, the total market for micro speakers is expected to grow from $9 billion in 2020 to $11 billion in 2026.

May 6, 2022 | European Research Council distributes million-dollar grants to TU Dresden scientists

Flagship of Saxony's research landscape: Dresden University of Technology.
Flagship of Saxony's research landscape: Dresden University of Technology.

Fresh money for top research from Dresden - the European Research Council (ERC) makes it possible. The renowned institution intends to make around 5.3 million euros available from its funding pots for three TU scientists in the future. The special feature: The funds of the so-called ERC Grants are one hundred percent subsidies, which can be used by the research groups for all costs and requirements of their projects. The three TU scientists Prof. Dr. Triantafyllos Chavakis, Prof. Stefan Kaskel and Prof. Andreas Deutsch can be pleased about the funds. Triantafyllos Chavakis is Director of the Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine and, together with his team, is researching the development of metabolic inflammation. To better understand the disease, the team is pursuing an innovative approach in which the mechanisms of inflammation are investigated both locally at the cellular level and holistically at the level of the immune system. Andreas Deutsch of the Center for High Performance Computing is also dedicated to fighting disease. With his funding, he aims to develop chemo-immune therapies against tumor diseases based on a novel experimental method and mathematical modeling. Stefan Kaskel from the Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry takes a different approach, working with his team on the development of a biological interface between humans and computers. Among other things, the technology should reduce the energy consumption of computers and enable on-chip energy management in autonomous microelectronic components. For TU Dresden, the three grants already represent the second award from the ERC grant pots in 2022. In total, the funds from the program now amount to over seven million euros.

April 28, 2022 | TU spin-off "herone" is ready for series production

The founding team welcomes guests to the inauguration of the new production facility. From left: Alexander Rohkamm, Dr. Christian Garthaus and Daniel Barfuß.
The founding team welcomes guests to the inauguration of the new production facility. From left: Alexander Rohkamm, Dr. Christian Garthaus and Daniel Barfuß.

Launched in 2018 as a spin-off of TU Dresden, "herone" has developed a special production technology for lightweight components over the past few years, with which the company intends to supply the aviation industry in the future. The facilities required for this, plus the production hall, have now been inaugurated by herone in a ceremony. After successful commissioning, the company's 13 employees will be able to produce up to 20,000 components per year. In total, the startup received financial support amounting to around 4.6 million euros. The Wirtschaftsförderung Dresden also supported herone in 2018 with an innovation grant as well as the procurement of premises and later with the construction of the new production hall. With its ultra-lightweight components made of recyclable plastics, herone aims to support aviation in the development of emission-free machines. "Our goal is to offer solutions to overcome boundaries, and thus make our contribution to tackling global societal challenges," says co-founder Christian Garthaus.

April 21, 2022 | Progress in deuterium extraction: TU Dresden filters the fuel of the Starship Enterprise

Only deuterium can open the pores of the metal-organic framework "DUT-8", while hydrogen leaves the framework closed. This highly selective recognition leads to a high degree of selectivity with simultaneous high deuterium absorption.
Only deuterium can open the pores of the metal-organic framework "DUT-8", while hydrogen leaves the framework closed. This highly selective recognition leads to a high degree of selectivity with simultaneous high deuterium absorption.

The Starship Enterprise already flew through the galaxy using deuterium as fuel. Even though this was science fiction from the 1960s, research is still being done today on the real application of the hydrogen isotope for energy production. Because deuterium, the heavy brother of hydrogen, is considered a promising substance of the future due to its broad range of applications: whether in science, for energy generation or in the production of medicines. However, the extraction from the natural isotope mixture of hydrogen has so far been complex and expensive. This could now soon be done more efficiently and cost-effectively: with a porous material developed at the Technical University of Dresden. In an interdisciplinary collaboration, the groups of Prof. Stefan Kaskel and Prof. Thomas Heine from TU Dresden, together with Dr. Michael Hirscher from the MPI for Intelligent Systems Stuttgart, have developed a novel separation mechanism for the hydrogen isotopes. This is based on the flexible metal-organic framework "DUT-8" developed at TU Dresden. "Our material enables the separation of gaseous deuterium D2 from hydrogen H2. DUT-8 is highly flexible and can dynamically adjust its pore size. However, this structural reaction proves to be highly selective: only deuterium can open the pores, while hydrogen keeps the framework closed. This highly selective recognition leads to high selectivity with simultaneous high deuterium uptake," explains Stefan Kaskel, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at TU Dresden.

April 14, 2022 | Innovative technologies for the handicraft business: hand prostheses using 3D printing

The two natives of Dresden, Christoph Braun and Jonas Schubert, are managing directors of "stamos + braun", the Elbe city manufacturer of prostheses and orthoses.
The two natives of Dresden, Christoph Braun and Jonas Schubert, are managing directors of "stamos + braun", the Elbe city manufacturer of prostheses and orthoses.

Using a 3D printer, the Dresden-based company "Stamos + Braun" has succeeded in producing customized silicone prostheses from medical silicones - with remarkable results. The high-quality silicone parts, for example, weigh up to 40 percent less than conventional specimens and can also be manufactured with significant material savings. The reason: the robust and viscous silicones are created digitally and printed at high temperatures with minimal quantity input. The process represents a completely new technology and a milestone in the production of prostheses. A particular challenge here is to print the prostheses in full color. Together with the Technical University of Dresden, however, "Stamos + Braun" has succeeded in authentically reproducing the color and shape of lost limbs. The aim of "Stamos + Braun" is to increasingly erode the boundaries between "artificial" and "real". The use of digital technologies plays an important role in this. In order to share his experiences in this field with other craft businesses, Managing Director Christoph Braun will be taking part in the "Zukunftsland Sachsen" conference on April 13, 2022. Under the motto "How digitization helps Saxony's skilled trades", experts will be there to exchange views on the potential of digital tools in the skilled trades.

April 7, 2022 | Turning body heat into electricity: This is how the TU Dresden wants to make organic high-performance thermoelectrics possible

Charging cell phones using body heat - what sounds like dreams of the future could soon become reality thanks to new findings in thermoelectrics. An important step in this direction is the development of organic semiconductors at the Institute of Applied Physics (IAP) at TU Dresden. Compared to inorganic materials, organic semiconductors are more flexible and at the same time lightweight and have low thermal conductivity. Until now, however, the technology has always had limitations in terms of conductivity. Researchers at TU Dresden have now been able to circumvent this, by developing a highly efficient modulation doping for the thermoelectric components. The results were recently published in the renowned journal "Science Advances". Team leader Prof. Karl Leo sees great potential in the research: "Our work paves new paths to flexible thermoelectric devices that make it possible to generate electrical energy directly from heat in an elegant and efficient way."

Prof. Dr. Karl Leo from the Institute of Applied Physics at the TU Dresden.
Prof. Dr. Karl Leo from the Institute of Applied Physics at the TU Dresden.

April 1, 2022 | Dresden startup funding for Carbon Clouds: With duckweed to clean water and biomass

Managing director Marko Dietz fishes the working duckweed out of the water with a sieve.
Managing director Marko Dietz fishes the working duckweed out of the water with a sieve.

Killing two birds with one stone - that's the plan of Dresden-based biotech startup Carbon Clouds. The company has developed a method in which duckweed can be taken to clean up wastewater and then used as biomass. The method removes nitrates and phosphates from wastewater, providing significant cost savings in water treatment. The control of the process is to be automated as far as possible with the help of artificial intelligence. The duckweed processed into biomass can be used as fertilizer, among other things. Chemist Marko Dietz, managing director of Carbon Clouds GmbH, wants to turn this into a business model: "We want to transform today's problems into solutions for tomorrow", he announced the credo of his startup. In order to further develop the technology and convince investors, Carbon Clouds opened a research and show container in Dresden on March 29. Around half of the investment costs of 200,000 euros came from the state capital. Dr. Robert Franke, Head of Office of the Dresden Economic Development Agency: "With the innovation funding, we enable companies and research institutions to implement forward-looking ideas with urban relevance. Carbon Clouds has already convinced us in 2019. We are proud that the startup has persevered and that we were able to play a part."

March 28, 2022 | Gaps in mobile communications, superconductors, organic electronics: Four researchers awarded the DRESDEN EXCELLENCE AWARD 2021.

The award winners are delighted to receive the DRESDEN EXCELLENCE AWARD, from left to right: Andrey Ruzhanskiy, Dr. habil. Hans Kleemann, Lord Mayor Dirk Hilbert, Lukas Grambole.
The award winners are delighted to receive the DRESDEN EXCELLENCE AWARD, from left to right: Andrey Ruzhanskiy, Dr. habil. Hans Kleemann, Lord Mayor Dirk Hilbert, Lukas Grambole.

In March, the state capital Dresden and the network "Dresden – City of Science" honored excellent research and final theses with the DRESDEN EXCELLENCE AWARD. Lucas Grambole received the award for his research on energy supply issues and Andrey Ruzhanskiy for his findings on the stability of 5G networks. Dr. Shreenanda Ghosh, who conducts research on superconductors, is also among the award winners, as is Dr. Habil Hans Kleemann, who received the award for his research on organic semiconductor materials.

Central criteria of the jury's decisions for the four award winners are the relevance for research as well as the future orientation for the development of Dresden's urban society. "Current social issues are reflected in the work: from climate protection, sustainability and energy supply to digitalization and the consequences of pandemics. All the award-winning works have practical application references and high value for our lives - today and in the future," said Dr. Robert Franke, Head of the Office for Economic Development, commenting on the jury's choice.

March 16, 2022 | "Quantum Cat" aims to bring research into schools: Dresden center of excellence develops digital learning games for quantum physics

The game app " Katze Q" from the Dresden Cluster of Excellence aims to awaken interest in quantum physics among young students.
The game app " Katze Q" from the Dresden Cluster of Excellence aims to awaken interest in quantum physics among young students.

Quantum physics is highly complex and difficult to communicate - this is the common image, but researchers from Ct.qmat in Dresden want to counteract this. The goal: The physicists of the Cluster of Excellence plan to prepare current research content from quantum physics for a younger target group by means of digital learning games. Among other things, they have developed a learning app ("Cat Q") in which children are guided through age-appropriate learning content by a "dead-living" cat - known from Erwin Schrödinger's famous thought experiment. The award-winning app for children aged eleven and up has already been downloaded more than 80,000 times and could also be used in sixth-grade school classes in the future, according to Carsten Albert, who is in charge of educational games in the Ct.qmat network. Currently, quantum physics phenomena are only taught in high school and above. Ct.qmat (Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter) is a cluster of excellence founded in 2019 by the University of Dresden and the University of Würzburg. It is known worldwide for its leading research in quantum materials and hosts about 270 researchers from 34 countries.

March 11, 2022 | ILK installs interactive outdoor thermometer at the institute building

Dr. Robert Franke, office manager of the Dresden Economic Development Agency, and Prof. Uwe Franzke, director at the Dresden Institute of Air Handling and Refrigeration, at the inauguration of the outdoor thermometer.
Dr. Robert Franke, office manager of the Dresden Economic Development Agency, and Prof. Uwe Franzke, director at the Dresden Institute of Air Handling and Refrigeration, at the inauguration of the outdoor thermometer.

Under the curious eyes of students at Dresden's Kreuzgymnasium, the Institute of Air and Refrigeration Technology installed a new outdoor thermometer at the beginning of March. The 2.5-meter-high thermometer on the exterior facade of the ILK Dresden covers a temperature spectrum from -273°C to +100°C, which is marked with a series of tags and QR code. Passersby can use the QR code to call up information on the thermometer's various temperature readings, for example freeze-drying, dry ice, liquid oxygen or the coldest day in Dresden. The campaign is intended to increase the institute's visibility - especially among schoolchildren. "It is particularly important for us to reach out to school principals and teachers so that, together with them, we inspire Dresden's students to become interested in natural sciences," said ILK Director Prof. Uwe Franzke. With its excellent research in the field of air and refrigeration technology, the ILK is an absolute flagship for the science location Dresden and the nationwide research landscape.

March 2, 2022 | Dresden spin-offs on growth course: Senodis receives 1.5 million in venture capital, Infrasolid with new investor

The founding team of Senodis looks to the future with confidence: Marek Rjelka, Christoph Kroh, Thomas Härtling, Björn Erik Mai
The founding team of Senodis looks to the future with confidence: Marek Rjelka, Christoph Kroh, Thomas Härtling, Björn Erik Mai

The Dresden-based high-tech company Senodis receives a financial injection of 1.5 million euros. The investors are High-Tech Gründerfonds, Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen and Fraunhofer Technologie Transfer Fonds. Senodis intends to use the venture capital to further develop and market its innovative Ceracode process. The system is based on a special ceramic ink that can be used to print heat-resistant codes on metal components so that they can be digitally tracked during the production process. As a spin-off of Fraunhofer IKTS from Dresden, Senodis was supported with financial resources from the Dresden Economic Development Corporation as part of the 2019 Innovationsförderung program. Investments that are now paying off. This also applies to the Dresden TU spin-off Infrasolid, which was also part of Innovationsförderung 2019. The company, which specializes in the development of technical infrared solutions, changed its owner at the end of February. Instead of Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen, Infrasolid now belongs to Innovative Sensor Technology AG from Switzerland and intends to grow further with its new partner. This is evidence of the successful work of the business and innovation promotion in Dresden, which serves as an incubator for many start-ups.

February 25, 2022 | 150 million for the fight against cancer: Dewpoint wants to advance research in Dresden

CEO Ameet Nathwani
CEO Ameet Nathwani

The Dresden-based biotech company Dewpoint Therapeutics recently attracted a lot of attention with a cash injection of 150 million euros. Now, CEO Ameet Nathwani reveals what the money from the Series C financing will be used for. The Boston-based company is planning to research a total of 20 new diseases for which individualized drugs will be developed in the future. To this end, the Dresden site is to be expanded to 2,000 square meters of space and the number of employees is to be increased from around 220 at present to more than 300. Rapid growth for the company, which was founded in 2018 and has made a name for itself with the development of an AI-based analysis method and individualized drugs. It has also been able to benefit from the work of some of the research institutions in the Dresden biotech cluster, such as the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden. The institute, founded by director Anthony Hyman, was involved in the discovery of so-called biomolecular condensates, among other things, which Dewpoint is investigating for the development of individualized drugs. A low-cost and highly effective approach in the fight against cancer, HIV, and a range of nerve, viral and heart diseases. In this effort, Dewpoint is receiving support from major pharmaceutical companies, including Bayer and Pfizer.

February 16, 2022 | Dresden researcher develop ultra-bright light for semiconductor industry and microbiology

A million times brighter than the sun - that's how powerful the white-light laser, which has been developed by Dresden researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute, is. In the future, the ultra-bright laser will be used for quality control in the semiconductor industry and in microbiology. The intensity of the light source can be used, for example, to characterize the surface profile, deeper structures and even the back of microchips in a single process. Microbiology could also benefit from the laser, for example in the study of cell cultures. The light used shines about a million times brighter than the sun and yet can be easily integrated into industrial manufacturing processes. The technology was developed as part of a doctoral thesis by scientist Dr. Tobias Baselt at the Fraunhofer Application Center for Optical Metrology and Surface Technologies (AZOM) and the West Saxony University of Applied Sciences Zwickau (WHZ).

Cells can be examined in real time with the new white light laser developed by Dr. Tobias Baselt.
Cells can be examined in real time with the new white light laser developed by Dr. Tobias Baselt.

February 14, 2022 | Dresden "CUBE" celebrates topping-out ceremony: The shell of the world's first carbon house is complete

Innovative, sustainable and almost finished - with the topping-out ceremony of the CUBE, the day of the completion of the world's first carbon house from Dresden is taking a big step closer. Work on the building, which is made entirely of the completely new and sustainable building material, has already been underway for several years. Following the topping-out ceremony on February 3, work is now continuing on the installation of the window fronts, the interior fittings and the building services equipment. The building is scheduled to be officially opened in September 2022. The building is an important demonstration of the market maturity of the new material, which, in addition to conserving resources, could also lead to significant CO2 savings in the construction industry. Building owner Prof. Manfred Curbach, professor of solid construction at TU Dresden and chairman of the board of the C³ association, thanked the construction workers involved for their tireless commitment and willingness to work with the unfamiliar building material. The C³ consortium, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is researching and developing a completely new type of construction using carbon concrete as a composite material. The CUBE is a milestone for broad application in practice.

Building owner Prof. Manfred Curbach shows how the carbon concrete works on a model.
Building owner Prof. Manfred Curbach shows how the carbon concrete works on a model.

February 4, 2022 | Smart Systems Hub expands IoT lab with edge cloud, 5G network and co-bots

In view of the growing interest of the business community in the Internet of Things (IoT), the Dresden-based excellence initiative Smart Systems Hub is expanding its "IoT Lab" in Dresden's Neustadt district. As a result, companies and institutes in the 50-square-meter lab can now use a new edge cloud infrastructure to remotely control robots via a 5G campus network. The collaborative robot was installed by the tech company "Universal Robots" and can be trained for a wide range of human-machine tasks via an app from the Dresden-based robotics specialist "Wandelbots". One promising field of application for the technology is in industry and the skilled trades, where co-bots could help address the growing shortage of skilled workers in the future. In total, the Smart Systems Hub and its partners from industry plan to invest around half a million euros in the new laboratory by 2023. It is designed as a nucleus and testing environment for the flourishing IoT community in Saxony.

At the launch of the new IoT Lab: The Smart System Hub team from Dresden.
At the launch of the new IoT Lab: The Smart System Hub team from Dresden.

January 25, 2022 | Greentech company Heliatek from Dresden nominated for the German Innovation Award for Climate and Environment

Nominated for the German Innovation Award: The greentech company Heliatek has succeeded in bringing especially climate-friendly solar films to market.
Nominated for the German Innovation Award: The greentech company Heliatek has succeeded in bringing especially climate-friendly solar films to market.

The German Innovation Award for Climate and Environment (IKU) recognizes the commitment of industry and research to the development of environmentally and climate-friendly technologies. The prize, which is endowed with 175,000 euros, is awarded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK). Around 150 companies submitted their forward-looking developments for this year's award, including Dresden-based greentech company Heliatek, which made it into the list of 21 nominees with its climate-friendly solar films. Heliatek's particularly thin, lightweight and flexible solar films are manufactured on the basis of organic photovoltaics and feature a very low CO2 footprint (10 gCO2e/kWh). The company is part of a Dresden-based greentech cluster of around 360 players, including about 70 research institutions and more than 270 start-ups, spin-offs, medium-sized companies and internationally operating corporations. With the development of numerous leading climate technologies, the cluster is making a decisive contribution to combating climate change and securing green growth with sustainable jobs for the region.

January 24, 2022 | Federal Ministry brings Science Year 2022 to Dresden: TU takes pop-up knowledge sites to the city

Strengthening the dialog between citizens and science with pop-up knowledge stores - that is the goal of the TU Dresden within the framework of the Science Year 2022.
Strengthening the dialog between citizens and science with pop-up knowledge stores - that is the goal of the TU Dresden within the framework of the Science Year 2022.

Collecting questions for tomorrow's research - that is the approach of this year's " Wissenschaftsjahr 2022 - Nachgefragt!", an initiative of Wissenschaft im Dialog and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, in which the TU Dresden also participates. Thus, together with partners from Dresden and Weißwasser, the TU has launched the project "POP-UP-WISSEN - Wissen schafft Dialog" (POP-UP Knowledge - Knowledge Creates Dialog), which transforms vacant storefronts into "pop-up knowledge sites" to more strongly promote dialog between citizens and science. In the first quarter of the project, the focus is on collecting questions for science and presenting current TU Dresden projects. From the second quarter until the end of the year, the questions will then be answered in analog and digital formats. Questions can be submitted directly to the project or via the umbrella campaign throughout the year.

January 13, 2022 | TU Dresden builds world's leading driving simulator for autonomous driving

Inside the sphere is a cockpit where drivers can test the operation of autonomous cars.
Inside the sphere is a cockpit where drivers can test the operation of autonomous cars.

The development of autonomous cars is one of the greatest challenges facing engineers The development of autonomous cars represents one of the greatest challenges of the present time for engineers. However, the same applies for drivers, who often still have to get used to operating this new technology. For this reason, the TU Dresden has built a driving simulator that is specially designed for the special features of autonomous vehicles and with which handover scenarios in driving between technology and humans can be explored particularly well. In addition, the simulator is also capable of making medical assessments of the driver's fitness to drive or of researching the perception of movements, driving comfort and drivability. This involves the use of a new simulation technology that enables a realistic perception of vehicle behavior, including the sensation of acceleration and changes in direction. A "highly immersive" technology in which the conscious mind believes the virtual world to be real. The development of the simulator, which costs around 12 million euros, has received seven million euros in funding from the German Federal Ministry of Transport. The spherical facility is considered the world's most advanced simulator of its kind and is scheduled to officially go into operation in Dresden in 2023.

January 10, 2022 | Collaborative robots, the world's first carbon house and growth in future technologies - the business location of Dresden enters the new year stronger than ever

Lightweight construction on the upswing: Elbe Flugzeugwerke aims to continue growing in Dresden in 2022
Lightweight construction on the upswing: Elbe Flugzeugwerke aims to continue growing in Dresden in 2022

Dresden as a business location is looking forward to the coming year, which holds a number of exciting projects in store for the region. With the opening of the "CUBE", for example, a major milestone is already on the horizon in spring. The CUBE is the world's first house made of carbon concrete, a recyclable and sustainable building material that was developed in Dresden and is now being brought to market maturity. This is a success for Dresden's greentech site, whose 360 members plan to continue growing in 2022. The same goes for Dresden's robotics scene, which has declared a battle against the shortage of qualified employees with smart co-workers and collaborative robots. With the second Robotics Festival and other projects, the growing Dresden cluster wants to further boost the technology's breakthrough in 2022. It could also be helped by the networking of theory and practice at the site, which is to be further strengthened in 2022 by government grants worth millions. The project involves TU Freiberg, HTW Dresden and TU Dresden, which want to use the funding to expand the technology transfer between science and industry so that new research results find their way into practice even faster in the future. Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), which maintains a site in Dresden for the conversion of aircraft using state-of-the-art lightweight components, is a good example of where this can lead. EFW is now looking for 300 new employees for this future-oriented industry, who will continue to drive the company's growth.

December 14, 2021 | Vattenfall and Cloud&Heat launch pilot project to provide sustainable computing capacity.

Green IT for greater energy efficiency: Cloud&Head and project partner Vattenfall show how this is possible in Stockholm.
Green IT for greater energy efficiency: Cloud&Head and project partner Vattenfall show how this is possible in Stockholm.

Data centers are consuming more and more electricity and resources - a problem that the Dresden-based startup Cloud&Heat wants to solve by using sustainable technologies and building the most energy-efficient digital infrastructure possible. To this end, the IT specialist has now partnered with the energy company Vattenfall. In a pilot project, the two partners want to work on the development of fossil-free high-end servers that can fulfill extremely high computing requirements thanks to artificial intelligence and high-performance computing. And they will do so while consuming as few resources as possible, for which purpose the servers will be connected to a biomass heating system for cooling. In this way, the excessive waste heat from the data center, which is located in two containers near Stockholm, is dissipated and fed into the nearby district heating system. With the increasing importance and demand for Green IT, Cloud&Heat and Vattenfall intend to improve this project further and offer more solutions to promote more sustainable data infrastructures.

December 8, 2021 | Dresden scientists increase the efficiency of sustainable perovskite solar cells

With her research at TU Dresden, Prof. Yana Vaynzof is playing a key role in driving the market readiness of perovskite solar cells.
With her research at TU Dresden, Prof. Yana Vaynzof is playing a key role in driving the market readiness of perovskite solar cells.

Electricity from solar energy is an important component of the energy transition, therefore researchers are constantly working on improving the efficiency of solar cells. Prof. Dr. Yana Vaynzof, head of the Chair of Novel Electronic Technologies at TU Dresden, in collaboration with colleagues from the Italian University of Pavia, has succeeded in doing so with so-called perovskite solar cells using an "inverted architecture". The Dresden researcher was able to increase the efficiency of the small power plants from 23 to 23.7 percent by adding organic salts. But that's not enough: The altered composition of the cells has also increased their stability. In view of these improvements, Prof. Vaynzof says the company is a big step closer to the market launch of this promising technology. Perovskite cells with an inverted architecture are considered a sustainable alternative to conventional silicon cells, because their production consumes significantly less energy. Until now, however, this has been at the expense of the efficiency of the particularly lightweight solar power plants, which has now changed with the modified composition. We already reported on Prof. Vaynzof's research successes in mid-April, when she caused a stir with a new manufacturing process for perovskite cells that enabled better reproducibility.

December 2, 2021 | 22 million for digital twin: TU Dresden receives order to research the future of the road

The future of traffic is connected and digital.
The future of traffic is connected and digital.

The future of the road is digital - that seems obvious. In order to research digital transportation, a special department was set up at the TU Dresden to study so-called digital twins. Digital twins are computer models that virtually map physical processes by using real-time sensory monitoring in order to optimize them regarding specific goals. In connection with the further development of autonomous driving, they are expected to play an important role in the future. The contract from the German Research Foundation (DFG) has therefore been awarded a funding budget of more than 22 million.

Professor Michael Kaliske from the "Institute for Statics and Dynamics of Structures" at TU Dresden will lead the new field called "Digital Twin Road - Physical-Informational Mapping of the Road System of the Future". Other institutes are joining the project as partners, for example from RWTH Aachen University. In addition to the new research area, the project also includes two graduate colleges, which are now being established at TU Dresden. In acquiring the project, the Dresden research location was able to compete against a large number of other applicants.

November 26, 2021: German astronaut conducts experiments on the ISS for TU Dresden

ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer is looking forward to his journey into space. Among his luggage are two high-tech devices co-developed by the TU Dresden.
ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer is looking forward to his journey into space. Among his luggage are two high-tech devices co-developed by the TU Dresden.

Flying into space as an astronaut - a dream that finally came true for Matthias Maurer after long preparations. On November 12, the German ESA astronaut traveled in a SpaceX rocket for the first time toward orbit to conduct a series of scientific experiments on the International Space Station (ISS). Also on board were two research missions accompanied by the TU Dresden. The first is a 3D printer known as "Bioprint First Aid," which can produce a tissue-forming "bio-ink" that can be used to accelerate the healing of abrasions. The second experiment is designed to develop a smart breathing gas analysis system. Unlike previous systems, this should allow significantly more mobility and enable the wearer's physical performance to be determined more accurately. Matthias Maurer is expected to spend the next six months on the ISS.

November 18, 2021: Dresden researchers develop novel cancer therapy

Prof. Gerhard Ehninger, co-founder of the German Bone Marrow Donor Center (DKMS) and founder of the Dresden-based company Cellex.
Prof. Gerhard Ehninger, co-founder of the German Bone Marrow Donor Center (DKMS) and founder of the Dresden-based company Cellex.

Digital technologies are revolutionizing medicine and promise new opportunities for cancer therapy. The Dresden-based company GEMoaB's research supports so-called CAR-T therapies, in which blood cancer patients are treated with genetically modified immune cells. These killer cells fight cancer, but they often cause an excessive immune reaction of the body, which can be life-threatening. GEMoaB technology is designed to prevent this immune reaction by turning the killer cells on and off. The founder of GEMoaB is stem cell expert and physician Prof. Gerhard Ehninger, who already co-developed the CAR-T approach. Ehninger was the director of Medical Clinic I at the Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital and a physician at the TU Dresden Hospital. He is co-founder of the German Bone Marrow Donor Center (DKMS) and founder of the company Cellex, based in Dresden and Cologne. Blackstone Life Sciences currently invested a quarter of a billion US dollars in GEMoaB. In the future, the company will be the european head office of the newly founded international company Avencell Therapeutics. Dresden will become the site of Avencell Europe.

November 15, 2021 | NTT DATA Business Solutions strengthens Sachsen’s IT network

On a growth path: The global player at the Dresden site.
On a growth path: The global player at the Dresden site.

The digitization of companies is advancing. Cloud Computing is becoming more and more important in this regard. NTT DATA Business Solutions AG (formerly itelligence AG), based in Dresden, Germany, also continues to expand driven by the increasing need for cloud management: In the current second half of the year, the world's leading SAP service provider for SMEs and corporate customers has reported a positive trend in business. The growing demand for SAP support and cloud management is also strengthening the company's location in Saxony, where the company has invested over 40 million euros to date. In the future, NTT DATA Business Solutions intends to expand innovation partnerships in topics such as Smart City, 6G Connectivity and Industrial Internet of Things. Plans include a more intense cooperation with the Smart Systems Hub, the Silicon Saxony cluster and the region's universities. In doing so, the company is promoting the boom in the IT and software industry in Dresden as a center of innovation.

November 4, 2021 | Amt für Wirtschaftsförderung and KarriereStart bring nationwide start-up week to Dresden

Startup Week: Founders and young professionals exchange ideas in the New City Hall.
Startup Week: Founders and young professionals exchange ideas in the New City Hall.

Dresden offers high-tech founders the best conditions for a successful start to the market. Among many regional supporters there are the Amt für Wirtschaftsförderung (Office of Economic Development) and the KarriereStart education, job and startup fair: On the occasion of Startup Week Germany, the two institutions invite you to the startup seminar "On your mark, get set, ... Stop - Develop concepts with new ideas and confidence". Decision-makers from companies in a wide range of industries as well as investors will report on topics such as innovative startup models or new strategies during the corona crisis. The event will take place from 4 to 8:30 p.m. in the New City Hall, registration is required and possible until November 11.

The motto of this year's StartUp Week Germany from November 15 to 21 is "Founding means diversity." Its aim is to get young people excited about entrepreneurship, to enable the exchange of ideas, experiences and opinions about startups and self-employment, and to present initiatives to promote start-ups.

October 27, 2021 | Dresden-based hydrogen company secures multi-million investment

109 million euros for Sunfire: Green hydrogen promotes energy transition.
109 million euros for Sunfire: Green hydrogen promotes energy transition.

The market for climate-friendly green hydrogen is growing - also in Europe. Investor funds totaling 109 million euros are to enable the Dresden-based company Sunfire to industrialize its novel electrolysis technology in the future and set up its first giga-factories. The investors include lead investors Lightrock and Planet First Partners as well as Carbon Direct Capital Management and HydrogenOne Capital. With the development of its high-temperature electrolysis (SOEC), Sunfire is setting new standards for the production of green hydrogen: the startup's electrolysers are capable of producing a synthesis gas in just one step that can be converted into products such as kerosene or diesel. In this way, Sunfire's technology helps replacing fossil feedstocks such as petroleum or coal. By 2023, the company headquartered in Dresden also plans to build a production facility for alkaline electrolysers in Germany with a capacity of 500 megawatts per year. Further expansion is already being planned.

October 20, 2021 | TU Dresden researcher receives prize for innovative material combination for robot arms

More cost-effective robot drives through innovative material combination: For this achievement, Moniruddoza Ashir, a mechanical engineering expert from Bangladesh, has now been awarded the Innovation Prize by the Industrieclub Sachsen e.V. The textile and clothing engineer and mechanical engineer with a doctorate has been researching alternative materials for kinetic systems at the Institute for Textile Machinery at TU Dresden since 2013. While gripper and robot arms are traditionally mostly based on metal, Ashir's dissertation recommends shape memory alloys made of nickel and titanium that can return to their original shape despite deformation. These are already established, he said, but expensive. His presented new combination with fiber-plastic composites such as glass or carbon requires less alloys and is therefore more cost-efficient in production.

Award ceremony of the Innovation Prize of the Industrieclub Sachsen 2020, from left to right: Ms. B. Deutsch (Managing Director Industrieclub Sachsen e.V.), Prof. Dr. Ch. Cherif (Director of ITM), Prof. U. Staudinger (Rector of TUD), Dr. Ashir and Dr. G. Bruntsch (President Industrieclub Sachsen e.V.)
Award ceremony of the Innovation Prize of the Industrieclub Sachsen 2020, from left to right: Ms. B. Deutsch (Managing Director Industrieclub Sachsen e.V.), Prof. Dr. Ch. Cherif (Director of ITM), Prof. U. Staudinger (Rector of TUD), Dr. Ashir and Dr. G. Bruntsch (President Industrieclub Sachsen e.V.)

October 15, 2021 | Dresden-based startup helps plastics manufacturers with recycling

100 percent recyclable: Johanna Bialek and the Holy Poly team aim to avoid plastic waste.
100 percent recyclable: Johanna Bialek and the Holy Poly team aim to avoid plastic waste.

In the European Union, and thus also in Germany, numerous single-use plastic products have been banned since July 3, 2021. This is intended to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the environment. The Dresden-based startup Holy Poly supports manufacturers of plastic products in meeting the stricter requirements for more recycling in companies and in society and in achieving self-imposed waste reduction targets. Holy Poly's customers in this regard are primarily B2C brand manufacturers that bring higher-value plastic products to the market. The development goal, according to Holy Poly, is products that are 100 percent recycled and 100 percent recyclable - and a plastics industry that is committed to a circular economy. In this step, Holy Poly supports companies with various service packages - from consulting to design and engineering to implementation. Initial projects have already been realized with Mattel and Innocent.

October 8, 2021 | Dresden AI software simplifies leukemia diagnosis

Bone marrow smear of an AML patient: The new software detects a specific gene mutation based on the external cell characteristics (dark green coloration).
Bone marrow smear of an AML patient: The new software detects a specific gene mutation based on the external cell characteristics (dark green coloration).

Digital technologies are revolutionizing medical technology and creating new opportunities, such as for the early detection of cancer. Researchers at the National Center for Tumor Diseases Dresden (NCT/UCC), the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden and TU Dresden have developed a novel computer system based on artificial intelligence (AI). For the first time, an analysis software supports physicians with high precision in diagnosing acute myeloid leukemia (AML). AML is the most common form of rapidly progressing blood cancer in Germany and affects the bone marrow. In addition, the AI solution makes it easier to detect a gene mutation that is important for the treatment of the disease. The scientists developed the system using artificial neural networks that mimic human abilities. The technological approach can be applied to many other image-based examination methods and is currently being expanded.

October 7, 2021 | Dresden is up-and-comer of the year in the Smart City Index

Dresden made the biggest leap in this year's Smart City Index of major German cities: from 24th place last year to sixth place in the current shortlist. The nationwide digital ranking is compiled annually by the ICT industry association, which collects and reviews around 11,000 data points in five thematic areas for this purpose. Dresden is one of Europe's leading high-tech locations and uses digital technologies for future-oriented urban development, among other things. Dresden's research and business players are global pacemakers for smart city solutions in many areas, such as the development of 6G. The IT and software industry is now the largest job generator in Dresden. The Dresden city administration is also taking a leading role in the smart city issue, for example in the implementation of the Online Access Act in Germany. For example, more than 80 different administrative services can already be applied for electronically using the online assistant. By the end of 2022, 200 services are to be available online.

September 24, 2021 | Flywheel at TU Dresden stores wind energy at record levels

Installation of the flywheel in Boxberg 2021
Installation of the flywheel in Boxberg 2021

Storage technologies, such as lithium-ion batteries, pumped storage plants or synthetic fuels, play an important role in the energy transition. Another technology that has received little attention so far are so-called flywheels, in which excess energy is stored in the form of rotational energy. The potential of this technology is demonstrated by a flywheel developed by the TU Dresden in Boxdorf in Lusatia, which can store half a megawatt hour of energy and deliver up to 500 kilowatts at peak times. The demonstrator is thus five times larger than the largest flywheel storage system to date. Set up near a wind farm, the technology could help capture electrical energy from power peaks in the future and store it for windier periods. According to the TU Dresden, the demonstrator could be operated economically without any problems.

September 24, 2021 | TU Dresden becomes part of the European University Eutopia

From now on a part of the European University Eutopia: The Technical University in Dresden.
From now on a part of the European University Eutopia: The Technical University in Dresden.

Eutopia is a network of partner universities that aims to build the European university of the future. For this purpose, Eutopia wants to prepare students, teachers and learners for the disruptions and challenges of the 21st century. At the same time, the Europeanization of the study program is to be further pushed, in which the Technical University of Dresden, which recently joined the network, is now also participating. Rector Ursula M. Staudinger hopes that this membership will enable her to shape joint European teaching projects at the TU Dresden. The admission ceremony took place on Thursday, September 23, at the residence of the Italian ambassador in Belgium. Together with the TU Dresden, the Università Ca'Foscari Venezia and the Universidade Nova de Lisboa joined the association. Thus, Eutopia consists of a total of nine universities.

September 16, 2021 | First "Dresden Robotics Festivals" brings together the leading minds of the robotics scene

The Dresden Robotics Festival brings the leading minds of the international robotics scene to the capital of Saxony
The Dresden Robotics Festival brings the leading minds of the international robotics scene to the capital of Saxony

The first Dresden Robotics Festival brings together the international robotics scene from industry, research and new business in the Saxon capital from September 16 to 22. Among the 350 participants and 60 international speakers of the event are leading robotics manufacturers such as Fanuc, Siemens, Stäubli and Yaskawa, as well as well-known scientists, executives and start-ups. The Dresden Robotics Festival was initiated by "Robot Valley Saxony", an industry association that works with Saxon startups, suppliers, service providers, research institutes and public institutions to promote Saxony as a leading robotics location. With the Dresden Robotics Festival, the innovation region of Dresden once again underlines its ability to play a decisive role in shaping the future of the growth industry of robotics.

September 9, 2021 | Project launch for 6G-Life research hub in Dresden

Opening of the 6G-life Research Hub: Prof. Frank H. P. Fitzek, 6G-life Program Manager Sarah Franke, TUD Rector Prof. Ursula M. Staudinger and Saxony's Minister President Michael Kretschmer.
Opening of the 6G-life Research Hub: Prof. Frank H. P. Fitzek, 6G-life Program Manager Sarah Franke, TUD Rector Prof. Ursula M. Staudinger and Saxony's Minister President Michael Kretschmer.

With " 6G-Life " a new research hub has been opened at the Technical University of Dresden, which is all about 6G - the mobile communications standard of the future. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and aims to advance the development of quantum communication and artificial intelligence in mobile communications. In this way, developments such as virtual reality or the tactile Internet (real-time remote control of physical objects) are set to be lifted into the broad mass market in the future with the introduction of the 6G network. Currently, such applications are mainly limited to local 5G campus networks. In comparison to the 5G standard, this requires significant improvements in latency, resilience and network security, which the 6G Life Hub is now researching. In addition, another focus is on promoting startups. With regard to 6G development, Dresden is considered one of the world's leading research centers. With its funding, the BMBF aims to establish Germany as a world-leading technology partner and to shape technological change.

September 2, 202 | Climate protection through digital technologies: Federal Ministry awards prizes to two Dresden research projects

Reducing the resource consumption of digitalization with innovative technologies - that is the goal of "Green ICT," an innovation competition organized by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The competition started with 22 research teams, three of them have now been honored by Federal Minister Anja Karliczek. Two of them come from the Technical University of Dresden - "E4C" and "DAKORE". The two projects, led by Professor Gerhard Fettweis and Professor Frank Ellinger, are developing digital solutions to improve the energy efficiency of future communications and information technologies. "Digital technology and climate protection must go hand in hand. That is why we are already working on solutions to the challenge of energy-efficient digital technology", said Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek at the award ceremony. In total, the three winning teams will receive funding of up to 12 million euros from the BMBF.
Prof. Frank Ellinger presents a setup for measuring very fast microchips. The monitor shows a highly magnified chip operating at very high frequencies of about 200 gigahertz.
Prof. Frank Ellinger presents a setup for measuring very fast microchips. The monitor shows a highly magnified chip operating at very high frequencies of about 200 gigahertz.

August 25, 2021 | Artificial intelligence as an early indicator: Scientists at TU Dresden achieve breakthrough in implantable AI systems

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already used in many areas of medicine, for example in the evaluation of patient data in order to detect diseases at an early stage. But scientists at TU Dresden have now gone one step further: With a bio-compatible AI platform, for the first time they succeeded in implanting AI into the human body. The goal of the research team led by Prof. Karl Leo, Dr. Hans Kleemann and Matteo Cucchi of the Chair of Optoelectronics is to use the AI platform to detect healthy and pathological patterns in biological signals, to classify heartbeats in real time and thus to detect pathological changes at an early stage without permanent medical monitoring. The basis for the AI chip are polymer-based fibre networks that structurally resemble the human brain and enable the complex processing of data (“reservoir computing”). The scientists see this approach as an opportunity to develop further intelligent systems in the future that can help save human lives.

Polymer-based artificial neural network. The strongly non-linear behaviour of these networks enables their use in reservoir computing.
Polymer-based artificial neural network. The strongly non-linear behaviour of these networks enables their use in reservoir computing.

August 20, 2021 | Dresden researchers develop new hardware for the artificial brain

The human brain works highly dynamically and extremely efficiently. Neuroinspired computers try to mimic this - so far mainly through software solutions. But according to Dr. Alina Deac, project leader at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), the brain's mode of operation should also be able to be reproduced on the hardware level in the future. Together with her research team, she is investigating extremely small materials, so-called nanodisks, which, when manipulated with ion beams, show an activity pattern similar to that of communicating nerve cells in the brain. This opens up new possibilities for miniaturized hardware applications in the field of artificial intelligence, whose practicality can be excellently researched at the science location Dresden, says Dr. Alina Deac: "Dresden is a unique location for innovations around neuromorphic computing or Wi-Fi technologies. It is a huge advantage that we can already test our development here on site for its practical suitability. For example, we can also integrate the nanodisks into more complex electronics in the long term with our partners at the TU Dresden and with industry." The range of applications for nano-disks is enormous. Comparable technologies can already be found in commercial magnetic storage devices and for new wireless technologies.

A disk of magnetic material is irradiated with ions.
A disk of magnetic material is irradiated with ions.

August 12, 2021 | Dresden researchers develop solid-state batteries for electric aircraft

With sulfur to lighter batteries: The Fraunhofer IWS is working on a breakthrough technology.
With sulfur to lighter batteries: The Fraunhofer IWS is working on a breakthrough technology.

From basic research to industrial application – this is the goal of "SoLIS", a research project of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, which has been working on the marketability of solid-state batteries since 2021. Among others, the TU Dresden and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (IWS) from Dresden are involved in the project, where the latter is responsible for project coordination. Unlike conventional lithium-ion batteries, solid-state batteries consist of a lithium-sulfur mixture and have comparatively high storage capacities and low material costs. The project will test and optimize innovative manufacturing processes for the new technology. The research results could help to use the particularly lightweight and cost-effective batteries in electric aviation in the future. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with almost 1.8 million euros.

August 4, 2021 | Volkswagen and TraceTronic launch neocx: A joint venture for automated software integration

Axel Heinrich, Volkswagen Head of Electrics/Electronics Development, and Rocco Deutschmann, Managing Director of TraceTronic, celebrate the founding of neocx in Dresden.
Axel Heinrich, Volkswagen Head of Electrics/Electronics Development, and Rocco Deutschmann, Managing Director of TraceTronic, celebrate the founding of neocx in Dresden.

High-performance vehicle functions are based on the networked interaction of many individual software and hardware components. Bringing these components together and testing them as a whole is currently one of the most important development tasks in the automotive industry. The joint venture neocx, founded by Volkswagen and the Dresden-based IT specialist TraceTronic, aims to solve it. TraceTronic was founded in 2004 as a spin-off from the Technical University of Dresden and today, with around 300 employees, is one of the world's leading providers of solutions for testing and integrating vehicle software.

For Dr. Robert Franke, head of the Dresden Economic Development Agency, TraceTronic is a prime example of Dresden as a business and science location: "The new joint venture neocx with Volkswagen is a special milestone in TraceTronic's success story. In the future market of integration and testing of highly networked vehicle software, it will not be the last chapter of the Dresden-based company. The major topics in the automotive industry - CO2 reduction, electromobility and high-automated driving - are driving the complexity of electronics and software and thus also the need for automated testing. This is precisely where Tracetronic's globally sought-after expertise lies."

Volkswagen and TraceTronic each have a 50 percent stake in the joint venture neocx.

July 29, 2021 | NCT in Dresden discovers new therapy options against colorectal cancer

In the NCT laboratory, scientists investigate the efficacy of various substances on cell cultures.
In the NCT laboratory, scientists investigate the efficacy of various substances on cell cultures.

In Germany, more than 58,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every year. Still, there are few effective therapies against the disease, especially when it is already at an advanced stage. But a team of researchers led by the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Dresden and Heidelberg could now change that. In their research, they have discovered a protein complex (cyclin K/CDK12) that can be used to target colorectal cancer tumor cells. The substance used to do this could be a previously unknown substance from the new group of active pharmaceutical ingredients known as molecular adhesives, which was also discovered by the team of researchers at the NCT.

"This is an important basis for developing new drugs for patients with colorectal cancer in the future or for testing existing CDK12 inhibitors for their efficacy against these tumors," says Prof. Hanno Glimm, director at the National Center for Tumor Diseases in Dresden. The NCT is a joint institution of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the Dresden University Hospital, the Medical Faculty of TU Dresden and the Helmholtz Center Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR).

July 22, 2021 | The AI-music plays in Dresden

With the help of artificial intelligence, the CeTI researchers want to digitise the ability to play the piano in order to transfer it into learning programmes subsequently.
With the help of artificial intelligence, the CeTI researchers want to digitise the ability to play the piano in order to transfer it into learning programmes subsequently.

The human hand playing the piano: a complex interplay of tendons, sensory cells and a wide variety of muscles. A research team from the TU Dresden and the "Centre for Tactile Internet with Human-Machine Interaction" (CeTI) is investigating exactly how it works. With the help of artificial intelligence, the researchers want to digitise the ability to play the piano in order to transfer it into learning programmes subsequently. To do this, they asked the pianist Inhye Park to sit at a piano in a sensor suit and analysed her every movement using artificial intelligence. Each of her keystrokes is recorded in real time on the computer. The data collected in this way can now serve as the basis for learning programmes in which learners can also slip into an AI suit and use vibration feedback to train themselves the right movements. For example, they learn "that by cushioning the wrist, a softer or harder tone is created", explains Karl-Heinz Simon, piano methodologist at CeTI Dresden. In just a few years, such learning programmes could help teach people a wide variety of skills, regardless of language or other barriers.

July 2, 2021 | TU Dresden develops laser robot for disposal of radioactive toxic waste

Holder of the professorship for hydrogen and nuclear energy technology: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Antonio Hurtado
Holder of the professorship for hydrogen and nuclear energy technology: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Antonio Hurtado

The demolition of old nuclear power plants produces large quantities of radioactive waste. The removal of this waste can be extremely dangerous for humans. Researchers at Technische Universität Dresden now want to make a change. For this purpose the team of the Chair of Hydrogen and Nuclear Energy Technology has developed a new laser robot that is intended to render contaminated materials harmless before they are demolished and make them accessible for future reuse.

Their focus lies on a paint made of plasticizers that was common in the 1970s, which is usually found on the walls and metal parts of old power plants and is considered to be carcinogenic. Currently, the radioactive paints are still removed with sandblasters, which leads to contamination of the sand used. To get around this, the Dresden robot was equipped with special lasers that can heat the paints in such a specific way, that the radioactive materials decay and can then be extracted. According to the TU Dresden, there is already international interest in this technology as the number of ramshackle nuclear power plants continues to rise.

June 25, 2021 | Lightweight Symposium 2021 of TU Dresden: With neutral lightweight construction to more resource savings

The board of the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Polymer Technology of the TU Dresden invited to the 24th Lightweight Symposium in Dresden: Prof. Dr. Werner Hufenbach, Prof. Dr. Niels Modler, Prof. Dr. Hubert Jäger, Prof. Dr. Maik Gude (from left)
The board of the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Polymer Technology of the TU Dresden invited to the 24th Lightweight Symposium in Dresden: Prof. Dr. Werner Hufenbach, Prof. Dr. Niels Modler, Prof. Dr. Hubert Jäger, Prof. Dr. Maik Gude (from left)

"Neutral lightweight construction - added value through resource savings" was the motto of the Dresden Lightweight Symposium 2021, which was all about sustainable and future-proof business practices. Together with selected experts, the guiding principles of resource-saving lightweight construction in the 21st century were discussed at the event organized by the Institute for Lightweight Construction and Plastics Technology at Dresden University of Technology. Whether "Cradle-to-Cradle" or innovative solution approaches for the recycling of material flows - the platform covered a wide range of topics with its about 100 digital events. In addition to the presentations, the more than 1.000 participants from industry, politics and science were also able to take advantage of several opportunities for interactive networking. The Dresden Lightweight Symposium is regarded for many years as an important cross-industry platform for the exchange of experience between international decision-makers. This year's symposium once again hit the nerve of the time with the topic of neutral lightweight construction.

June 18, 2021 | Digital Product Factory: Smart System Hub from Dresden enters third round with new challenge

From left to right: Michael Kaiser, CEO and Hans Klingstedt, Senior Project Manager Business Development & Co-Innovation at Smart Systems Hub, Dr. Georg Püschel, Product Manager and Co-Founder of Wandelbots, Harald Heinrich, Lead Principal Engineering Automation and Uwe Gäbler, Director Development Center Dresden at Infineon
From left to right: Michael Kaiser, CEO and Hans Klingstedt, Senior Project Manager Business Development & Co-Innovation at Smart Systems Hub, Dr. Georg Püschel, Product Manager and Co-Founder of Wandelbots, Harald Heinrich, Lead Principal Engineering Automation and Uwe Gäbler, Director Development Center Dresden at Infineon

Eyes from Infineon, muscles from Wandelbots, a nervous system from SAP and objective partner: this is what the third round of the Digital Product Factory, DPF for short, looks like. The DPF is an innovation program of the Smart Systems Hub from Dresden that aims to develop digital industrial applications. Its projects are limited to a term of three months and bring together cooperation partners from various disciplines. In the third, current edition of the Digital Product Factory, technology company Infineon is now working with software specialists SAP, objective partner and Wandelbots to improve human-robot interaction using artificial intelligence (AI). To this end, the co-innovators have set themselves two goals: The development of a flexibly deployable robot that can be taught and monitored with a sensor fusion-based edge AI solution, and the ability to digitally make the robot AI billable.

Both together form a holistic and scalable business model, which is also referred to as "robot and asset as a service". The Smart Systems Hub Dresden provides the virtual and physical spaces for this, methodically leads the product development and takes over the organization and acquisition of know-how.

June 14, 2021 | Jenoptik, Vodafone, Bosch - Dresden's high-tech location on course for growth

Vodafone, Jenoptik and Bosch are bringing growth to the hightech region of Dresden. While the mobile communications specialist Vodafone wants to establish a global competence center for research and development in the state capital, Jenoptik and Bosch are setting up new production facilities in "Silicon Saxony". At the new Vodafone innovations center, up to 200 researchers will work on the further development of 5G and 6G technology and drive concrete applications in the fields of autonomous driving, connected agriculture, chemistry and construction. Photonics group Jenoptik is acquiring land to invest in a new cleanroom factory with a state-of-the-art manufacturing building and office complex. Industrial giant Bosch, on the other hand, has just opened a new semiconductor factory in the north of Dresden. The site is considered one of the most modern of its kind and one of the largest investments made by the traditional company. The Office for Economic Development was directly involved in all three additions to Dresden’s business community. Dresden's Lord Mayor Dirk Hilbert emphasizes the advantages of Dresden for businesses: "The interaction of numerous companies, institutes and startups makes Dresden one of the leading high-tech locations in Europe. The future is at home in Dresden". Dresden's excellent universities educate globally sought-after talents, especially in the STEM subjects, who are now offered further very attractive opportunities locally.

June 3, 2021 | Vodafone chooses Dresden as location for new global innovations centre

The Vodafone Group will establish a global competence centre for research, development and innovation in Dresden. With this new facility, the company will create more than 200 highly qualified jobs in the state capital in the coming years. In January 2021, the Vodafone Group launched an international competition in which eight pre-selected European cities were able to apply as locations for the new centre. Dresden prevailed in this competition. The competence centre will have a clear focus on future technologies such as 5G, 6G and OpenRAN - as well as on concrete applications in the areas of autonomous driving, connected agriculture, chemistry and construction. Dresden is already a world-leading research location in all these areas.

Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO Vodafone Germany: "The decision is another strong commitment to industry in the heart of Europe. [...] from 2021, we now want to develop 6G in Dresden from Germany for the world. Our message to this country: the future of digitalisation is forged in Germany." German Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier: "The attractiveness of Dresden and Saxony as a region of innovation is once again visible here." Dirk Hilbert, Lord Mayor of Dresden: "The interaction of numerous companies, institutes and start-ups makes Dresden one of the leading high-tech locations in Europe. Vodafone's decision once again underlines this: Dresden is tomorrow’s home."

Robert Franke, Head of the Office for Economic Development, adds: "We are proud that we were able to convince Vodafone with our application. An important argument for choosing Dresden as a location for a technology business are always our excellent universities, which train talents who are in demand worldwide, especially in the STEM subjects."

May 28, 2021 | Dresden researchers make technical surfaces as pure as a lotus

A researcher team from industry and Fraunhofer IWS is spinning off a high-tech company called “Fusion Bionic”: Benjamin Krupop, Dr. Tim Kunze and Dr. Sabri Alamri (f. l.) are among them.
Modern light interference technologies in Dresden make it possible: By means of “Direct Laser Interference Patterning” (DLIP for short), the founders of Fusion Bionic, a Fraunhofer IWS spin-off, can now quickly transfer lotus effects and other sophisticated structural tricks of nature to technical surfaces such as battery components, implants or even airplanes. These microscopic surface patterns design implants to be more compatible or, with their anti-icing structures, prevent air passengers from having to wait forever for takeoff to the sunny south in winter due to deeply frozen wings. The technology, which has been researched at Fraunhofer IWS and TU Dresden over the past decade, is now ready for the market. Dr. Tim Kunze, who previously headed the Surface Functionalization group at Fraunhofer IWS, has therefore launched Fusion Bionic in April 2021 with a team from science and industry. The company name refers to the fusion of nature-inspired effects into technical product surfaces, i. e. a kind of symbiosis of biology and technology along the lines of bionics. “The Fraunhofer AHEAD program provided us with a great deal of help in this regard. In an entrepreneurial environment with the support of experts from Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, we sharpened our business model as well as the product and positioned our team well for the start-up,” says Tim Kunze. The Fraunhofer research transfer into practice also aims to provide new jobs and value creation in Dresden and Saxony. The number of employees is expected to grow to around ten by the end of 2022.

May 20, 2021 | Science Communication Award: Doctoral student from Dresden competes for Germany

FameLab Germany 2021 - Stefan Golfier

Dresden scientist Stefan Golfier prevailed among competitors from all over Germany and emerged as the winner in the final of FameLab Germany 2021. FameLab is an internationally renowned science communication competition in which young scientists have to present their work to a jury in a three-minute presentation. The participant with the most comprehensible and exciting content wins and can qualify for the international final at the Cheltenham Science Festival in Great Britain via a series of regional competitions.

This year, Stefan Golfier, a scientist from Dresden who recently completed his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics and the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, succeeded in doing so for Germany. With his presentation "Our Untangled Genome" he is now competing against the best communicators of the international science scene: "Qualifying for the final is a great experience and a great opportunity to share my fascination for science with a broad audience. For the opportunity to take part, I would like to thank the Dresden Max Planck Institutes and the Dresden science community, through whom my enthusiasm for science communication was awakened." FameLab has taken place annually since 2005 and is one of the leading events of its kind.

May 12, 2021 | TU Dresden climbs further in the ranking of the best universities

Beyer Building and Observatory of TU Dresden: Ranked 67th best university in the world by RUR.
Beyer Building and Observatory of TU Dresden: Ranked 67th best university in the world by RUR.

The RUR World University Ranking 2021 analyzed a total of 867 universities for its ranking of the world's best universities. Among them is the TU Dresden, which this year has landed in 67th place. After finishing 229th in 2013, it has thus moved up 162 places in eight years. It also climbs in the ranking of German universities: From 17th place in 2013 to 3rd place in 2021. The TUD gets particularly good marks in the area of teaching, where it is ranked second in Germany for the second time in a row. In the area of research, the TUD also shows consistently good rankings in a global comparison. Here, the University has once again made it into the top 50 in 2021, as well as 6th place in Germany.

As a result, the RUR World University Ranking now classifies the TU Dresden in the so-called Diamond League. The results confirm the long-lasting upward trend of the TU Dresden in international rankings. This can also be seen in the QS World University Ranking 2021, in which the TU Dresden improved and took a place among the top 200.

May 7, 2021 | Senodis moves into new company headquarters - supported by the Dresden Economic Development Agency

The Senodis founding team: Thomas Härtling, Björn Erik Mai, Marek Rjelka Christoph Kroh.
The Senodis founding team: Thomas Härtling, Björn Erik Mai, Marek Rjelka Christoph Kroh.

Digital component tracking plays an important role in smart industrial applications, yet in some cases it poses a major technical challenge. An example are metallic components that are exposed to extreme temperatures during processing. This is why the Dresden-based startup Senodis has developed a marking process that labels metal parts with a resistant ink made of ceramic pigments that allows them to be recognized and digitally tracked even at temperatures of over 900 degrees. In order to bring this process to market maturity, the Dresden Economic Development Corporation supported the start-up in the past with financial resources amounting to 80,000 euros and the arrangement of office space for new company headquarters in Dresden’s TechnologieZentrum Nord.

Senoris recently opened its new business premises in a business park brimming with innovation: "We would like to thank the city of Dresden for its support and confidence during the early founding phase of Senodis. For us, this confirms on a daily basis that Dresden, with its technology environment and growing startup scene, is an excellent location to put our ideas into practice," said Dr. Christoph Kroh, co-founder and technical managing director of Senodis. Dr. Robert Franke, Office Director of the city’s Office for Economic Development, is happy to welcome the company, which was founded in 2019 as a spin-off of Fraunhofer IKTS, at its new location: "Senodis convinced us with a really innovative technology that we definitely wanted to keep here in Dresden. The City’s Innovation Support Programme has once again proven to be a successful catalyst for turning excellent ideas into promising business models," says Dr. Robert Franke.

April 30, 2021 | Dresden-based car software manufacturer Tracetronic on course for growth

TraceTronic Managing Director Dr Peter Strähle, Tracetronic Managing Director Dr Rocco Deutschmann, Dresden's Lord Mayor Dirk Hilbert, Saxony's Minister of Economic Affairs Martin Dulig and Dr. Robert Franke, head of the Office for Economic Development of the City of Dresden
TraceTronic Managing Director Dr Peter Strähle, Tracetronic Managing Director Dr Rocco Deutschmann, Dresden's Lord Mayor Dirk Hilbert, Saxony's Minister of Economic Affairs Martin Dulig and Dr. Robert Franke, head of the Office for Economic Development of the City of Dresden

Whether driver assistance systems, autonomous driving or infotainment: the complexity of automotive software is increasing exponentially. Up to 100 control units are now installed in the vehicle. The Dresden-based company Tracetronic has developed software solutions so that electronic control units can be tested fully automatically in a wide variety of environments - from testing individual software components to the final test in vehicles. As a result, errors can be detected earlier and time-to-market can be shortened considerably. To cope with the growing demand, the company is constructing a new building complex for up to 350 employees at its headquarters in Dresden. The foundation stone was laid yesterday.

Founded in 2004 from the Technical University of Dresden, Tracetronic has since developed into a global company with further locations in Germany, the USA and Korea. Tracetronic supports more than 150 companies in the international automotive and supplier industry with software products and innovative solutions for the development and safeguarding of complex embedded systems in vehicles. These include Audi, the BMW Group, Bosch, CLAAS, Continental, Daimler, Denso, Ford, Geeley, IAV, John Deere, Magna, Porsche, Rivian, Siemens and Volkswagen. "TraceTronic is a prime example of Dresden as a location for business and science. Spun off from TU Dresden in 2004 and staying here for good reasons, it now radiates from the Coschütz-Gittesee industrial estate to all corners of the automotive world, from Korea to Silicon Valley," said Dr. Robert Franke, head of the Office for Economic Development of the City of Dresden at the laying of the foundation stone.

23th April 2021 | Artificial muscle for the robot of the future - PowerON wants to accelerate development in Dresden

PowerON CEO Dr Markus Henke presents flexible robotics components.

The up-and-coming start-up PowerON has set itself the goal of revolutionising robotics. This involves developing products based on so-called "artificial muscles" that enable the transformation of robots from stiff, inflexible and lumbering assembly line workers to silent, compliant, flexible and agile everyday assistants. "Whether in the home, shopping or healthcare, numerous new applications will open up that we cannot even imagine at the moment" says Dr Markus Henke, CEO of PowerON.

The founding team has already been researching together on the technology used for this purpose since 2015. With the foundation of PowerON Limited in New Zealand in 2019 and PowerON GmbH in Dresden in the summer of 2020, another milestone has been reached. "Dresden is the ideal location for us. Every year, numerous first-class graduates leave the local universities, which means we can draw on an excellent network in the field of research and development. For example, we work very closely with the TU Dresden as part of a junior research project. In addition, the city of Dresden is one of the leading locations in the field of robotics," says Dr Henke.

Currently, the international team is working primarily on the development of compliant sensors that, among other things, make it possible to equip robot grippers with a sense of touch. However, there are hardly any limits to the possible fields of application for the technology. Based on the same materials, it is also possible to develop flexible actuators that can be used, for example, as pumps or as drives for prostheses. Following an expansion of the team, this area is to come into sharper focus in the coming months.

April 16, 2021 | Leap in perovskite research: TU Dresden makes production of highly efficient solar cells reproducible

Prof. Dr. Yana Vaynzof, TU Dresden
Prof. Dr. Yana Vaynzof, Chair for Emerging Electronic Technologies, cfaed and IAPP, Technical University Dresden

High-performance, low-cost solar cells are an important part of the energy revolution, this is why there has been intensive research on this technology for many years. One area that has caused much excitement in recent years, deals with so-called perovskite cells. These small solar power plants are significantly lighter and less expensive in production than conventional silicon cells, and have recently seen significant efficiency improvements. For a long time researchers were faced with a major riddle when it came to manufacture, as the manufactured cells showed inexplicably large differences in quality. However, a research group at the Technical University of Dresden (TU Dresden) has successfully solved the riddle. They identified a specific anti-solvent as the cause of the low reproducibility. In their study, they were able to show how different applications of the substance led to deviating results in production. The researchers were also able to derive recommendations for optimal application from their work. "Our results offer valuable insights for the perovskite research community, that are necessary for the further development of this promising technology into a commercial product", said director of studies Prof. Vaynzof. The results were published in the prestigious journal ‘Nature Communications’.

April 9, 2021 | TU Dresden advances into the gigahertz range for the first time with organic diodes

Prof. Karl Leo
Prof. Karl Leo and his team want to open up new fields of application in organic electronics.

The Institute of Applied Physics (IAP) at Dresden University of Technology is one of the world's leading research institutions in the field of organic electronics. The goal of institute director Prof. Karl Leo and his team is to develop completely metal-free components to enable new fields of application such as roll-up screens, organic man-machine interfaces or body-compatible electronic implants. Until now, however, diodes made of purely organic materials were considered too slow (computing power of about 20 to 30 megahertz), thus they were always supplemented with silicon components. A new technology from TU Dresden, which combines carbon-based transistors using a novel vertical design, could change that. It can be used to create purely organic diodes that achieve switching frequencies of up to 3 gigahertz. Prof. Karl Leo and his team are confident that the vertical technology will soon enable them to produce complex organic circuits that are as fast as silicon chips. With them, even fully rollable OLEDs would get closer.

April 1, 2021 | Dresden start-up Packwise launches international business with fresh money

The Packwise founder team: René Bernhardt, Gesche Weger und Felix Weger.
The Packwise founder team: René Bernhardt, Gesche Weger und Felix Weger.

The Dresden-based start-up Packwise is digitizing value chains for companies in the chemical and food industries by equipping industrial packaging with small Internet-of-Things sensors. The technology offers clients a variety of functions to make their supply chains more transparent, secure and efficient, for which Packwise was awarded the “IQ Innovationspreis Mitteldeutschland” last year. The company, which was founded in 2017, has now been able to raise a seven-figure euro amount from its investors, including Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen, in a Pre-Series A financing round. Packwise wants to use the money to expand its software platform, accelerate growth in the European market and prepare its market launch in North America. For this purpose, the start-up plans to further expand its development and sales team.

March 26, 2021 | AI-based identification method for cells: Biophysicist Herbig receives Dresden Excellence Award.

The DRESDEN EXCELLENCE AWARD is given annually to outstanding scientific work from Dresden.
The DRESDEN EXCELLENCE AWARD is given annually to outstanding scientific work from Dresden.

The Dresden Excellence Award is a science prize awarded once a year by the city of Dresden to outstanding research work that is of particular relevance to Dresden's city development. The prize is awarded in the categories Bachelor, Master, PhD and Habilitation. This year's winner in the category PhD is biophysicist Dr. Maik Herbig from the Center for Regenerative Therapies (CRTD) at the Technische Universität (TU) Dresden. In his thesis, the scientist was able to develop a new method for identifying cell types that is based on the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning and can distinguish cells based on mechanical and morphological properties. The new technology (called RT-DC) does not use color markers, which makes it cheaper and faster than conventional methods and increases its range of applications.

The process is already used by a TU Dresden spin-off. For Dr. Robert Franke, head of the Dresden Office of Economic Development, this is an important contribution to the innovative strength and attractiveness of the location: "Whether new treatment approaches in the fight against multiple sclerosis or the revolutionary identification of cell types - all the award-winning papers have practical applications and high value for our lives - today and in the future". The City of Dresden’s Office for Economic Development runs the award since 2017.

March 19, 2021 | Infineon and GLOBALFOUNDRIES: Working together for the high-tech valve

DPF-2 Review Deepdive
DPF-2 Review Deepdive

"Silicon Saxony" in Dresden is one of the world's leading semiconductor clusters and is home to the largest and most modern chip factory in Europe. The branch of the American chip manufacturer Globalfoundries recently became the venue for a special challenge of the Smart Systems Hub industry association. The task of the Challenge was to develop a new monitoring system for the factory's special valves. As a result, the participants have now presented an AI-based control system with high-tech sensor technology and edge computing solution that can detect defective valves at an early stage and thus avoid production interruptions. In addition to Globalfoundries, Infineon Dresden, Sensry, Coderitter and T-Systems Multimedia were also involved in the development. Their prototype will be brought to market maturity in the future.

March 12, 2021 | Dresden chip manufacturers relieve the automotive industry