Richly illustrated and in a new design: the annual report looks back to 2019 - and to the future. Under the motto Biophotonics4Future we show how scientists at Leibniz IPHT are working to shape our future.
Efficient, cost-effective and aesthetic: Guobin Jia and Jonathan Plentz have built electrodes from magnolia leaves. The transparent leaf structure electrodes could be used to design novel solar cells, LEDs or displays.
Working has changed in the Corona Crisis - also at Leibniz IPHT: "Snapshots: Research at Leibniz IPHT" captures the new everyday life at the institute. In the film series, staff members explain how the corona pandemic has changed our working life and our coexistence.
A team of scientists from Leibniz-IPHT, the University Hospital and the University of Jena researched a new method to detect tumors quickly, gently and reliably with laser light. In the future, the optical method will help surgeons to remove tumors more precisely and could perspectively make cancer operations possible without a scalpel.
On 14 May 2019, Education Minister Anja Karliczek awarded the Dahrendorf Prize for the European Research Area to a team of scientists from Leibniz IPHT and their European partners for a fast-track procedure for diagnosing life-threatening infections. "We must do more to ensure that research reaches patients more quickly," Juergen Popp appealed to politicians at the award ceremony. In Germany and in Europe more suitable structures were needed in order to get the technological solution quickly from the laboratory to the patient's bed, claims Mr. Popp.
The Thuringian Research Prize 2019 goes to Jena: On April 8, 2019, researchers from Leibniz IPHT, Friedrich Schiller University and the University Hospital of Jena were honoured with the award of the State of Thuringia in the category "Applied Research" for their rapid test for the detection of infectious pathogens and their antibiotic resistance.
// Picture: Steffen Walther
Microscopes let us peer into cells and the biochemical processes inside them. Processes taking place on much smaller scales, e.g. within single molecules, are the research focus of Dr. Marie Richard-Lacroix. The scientist from Leibniz-IPHT and Friedrich-Schiller University Jena examines molecules on the nanometre scale using tip-enhances Raman spectroscopy. For her outstanding research work she was awarded the “Raman Award for the Best Junior Researcher” during the International Conference on Raman spectroscopy (ICORS).
Jena Concept for Photonics in Infection Research Rated Among the Best by the Scientific Council
The German Council of Science and Humanities ("Wissenschaftsrat", WR) gave Jena’s Leibniz Center for Photonics in Infection Research (LPI) a very positive evaluation. A user-open center could form in 2018 to research photonic solutions for the diagnosis, monitoring, and experimental treatment of infections and develop functional solutions in collaboration with industrial partners.