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Alternatives to animal testing
The vision of the network is to develop new testing approaches and to optimise and validate existing methods in order to promote the distribution, acceptance and approval of alternative and complementary methods to animal testing in the various fields of application. The aim of the network is the joint development of innovative methods and products in the fields of toxicology, chemical evaluation, drug safety and diagnostics that can replace or reduce animal testing. These methods and products should not only reduce the number of experimental animals, but also enable a faster, cheaper and more reliable identification of potentially toxic substances.
Contact: Dr. Sabine Goetz
Tel.: +49 40 548870-438
Antimicrobial surfaces and hygienic coatings
The Antimik Network aims to provide preventive protection against infections through innovative coatings. The network initiates and manages new developments of partners from industry and science. It pursues technological and economic goals in equal measure and is responsible for the market launch of products and services. The focus is on the development of coating materials along their value chain, optimal application processes, flanked by integration concepts and accompanying services.
Contact: Dr. Günter Hohmann
Tel.: +49 241 963-1216
Innovative system solutions for private households, companies and hospitals
The network KlarWasser aims to contribute to the solution of one of the most important social challenges: to provide sufficient quantities of clean, micropollutant-free drinking water. It focuses on innovative system solutions for private households, companies and hospitals. For medium- to long-term investments in water treatment in Germany, the network is intended to be able to remove the smallest quantities of reactive substances from chemicals and pharmaceuticals. For this purpose, the network partners have several concepts at their disposal, which are to be optimized, evaluated and scaled up in individual applications as well as in modular combination solutions.
Contact: Marie Laubenberger
Tel.: +49 7961 9256-267
Recycling before incineration and quality before quantity
The market for plastic waste is in a state of upheaval worldwide and has changed from a supplier market to a demand market. The good economic conditions, fully utilised incineration plants and the resulting high price level are causing large quantities of used plastics to enter the processing market. Recyclers now only accept goods that comply with the upper limits for foreign materials. Efforts to recycle polymer-based materials have so far been the focussed of the packaging industry (DSD), the automotive industry ( old vehicles), the electrical industry (WEEE) and the construction industry (e.g. recycling PVC roofing membranes). Despite the quantities involved, polymer-based materials from the demolition of transport infrastructure have so far been largely ignored.
Contact: Dietrich Seifert
Tel.: +49 3682 400 62 21
Interface and surface analytics in industrial manufacturing processes for quality control
The network develops innovative, low-cost border and surface analytics as in-line or on-line variants for integration within industrial production and manufacturing processes. This leads to an increase in the degree of automation, a decrease in reject rates and a reduction in maintenance and repair work. As a final result, the quality of the products produced is sustainably improved through optimized manufacturing processes, while at the same time conserving resources.
Contact: Boris Buckow
Tel: +49 40 548870-434
Smart and linked lab of the future
The objective of the network is the development and standardization of innovative laboratory technologies, applications and solutions based on these, which lead to a simplification of processes, improvement in quality and at the same time to increased efficiency and process safety. The main focus is, on one side, is on the modularization and integration of functionalities and components for a laboratory environment that can be flexibly and individually adapted to the respective requirements. Digitalisation and networking of all institutions involved in the value-added chain of the lab that permit real-time provision of all the relevant information, control and monitoring of the processes, play a role as well. Last but not least, the focus is also on the integration of robot systems with regard to direct and optimized interaction between man and machine and the automation of processes.
Contact: Markus Sebeck
Tel.: +49 7961 9256-257
Innovative approaches for existing cleaning methods
Very fine cleaning comprises removal of undesired substances or material structures that may, for example, change the roughness, wetting properties or chemical, electrical and visual properties of surfaces in undesired ways. In addition to cleaning methods, the cleaning process also comprises the detection of contamination required advance. The network is interdisciplinary, linking various areas of expertise from practice and research.
Contact: Boris Buckow
Tel: +49 40 5488704-34
The functionalisation of surfaces is an essential driving force for innovations across all industries. At the moment, particularly self-cleaning properties, layers with long service lives, defined tribological and mechanical properties, active surfaces and environmental-protection-compatible coating materials and methods are subject to great interest.
Contact: Dr. Günter Hohmann
Tel: +49 241963-1215
Development of a chemical energy storage
The cooperation Network "Regenerative methanol" is another step towards mastering the high targets Germany has set for the energy revolutions, while at the same time looking at the diverse opportunities of using methanol. One task focus of the network is developing various concepts in which methanol can prevail with the currently common storage concepts in light of economic efficiency. Another target of the network is rendering evidence that regenerative methanol is suitable as an environmentally compatible and economically efficient fuel for combustion engines (Power-to-Liquid).
Contact: Marius Stöckmann
Tel.: +49 3682 40062-20