Photonics is a strongly growing sector of the economy and a major research area in Europe. In Thuringia and in particular in Jena, the scientific and industrial location is shaped by universities, research institutes and companies in the field of optics and photonics. While the number of young, well-trained female graduates is high, women who hold a leading position in academia and high-tech industry are still underrepresented.
The biophotonics research focus implements innovative photonic methods and tools for the following application fields
Applications range from clinical diagnostics (e.g., sepsis and cancer diagnosis) to food and environmental safety as well as to fundamental research in the life sciences. These applications require the development of new spectroscopic methods and imaging systems of the highest specificity, sensitivity, and resolution. This approach is supported by the search for new markers and the implementation of fitting labels based on metallic nanoparticles, for example.
System development is carried out through the fiber optics and photonic detection research focuses.