Branch manager Aachen
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Alternatives to animal testing
The network has the vision of developing new test approaches and optimising and validating existing methods
in order to drive the distribution, acceptance and admission of alternative and supplementary methods to animal testing in the different areas of application. The target of the network is shared development of innovative methods and products in the areas of toxicology, chemicals evaluation, medicines safety and diagnostics that can replace or reduce animal testing. These methods and products are not only to reduce the number of lab animals, but also permit faster, more cost-efficient and 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
Interface and surface analytics in industrial manufacturing processes for quality control
The network develops innovative cost-attractive boundary and surface analyses as in-line or on-line variants for integration into industrial manufacturing and processing processes. This leads to an increase in the degree of automation, a reduction in reject rates and a reduction in maintenance and repair work. The end result is a sustained improvement in the quality of the products produced through optimized production processes, while at the same time conserving resources.
Contact: Boris Buckow
Tel: +49 40 548870-434
Innovative system solutions for private households, companies and hospitals
The network KlarWasser is to contribute to solving one of the most important social challenges: the provision of a sufficient amount of clean, micro-pollutant-free drinking water. It specifically deals with innovative system solutions for private households, companies and hospitals. The removal of very small amounts of reactive active substances from chemistry and pharmaceutics is to be made possible for medium- to long-term new investments in water treatment in Germany in the scope of this network. For this, the network partners have multiple concepts available that are to be optimised, 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 undergoing radical change worldwide and has changed from a supplier market to a demand market. The good economic conditions, full capacity utilization of incineration plants and the resulting high price level are causing large quantities of used plastics to penetrate the processing market. Recyclers only accept goods that comply with the upper limits for foreign substances. Efforts to recycle polymer-based materials have so far focused on the packaging industry (DSD), the automotive industry (end-of-life vehicles), the electrical industry (WEEE) and the construction industry (e.g. recycling PVC roofing membranes). Despite the quantities involved, polymer materials from the dismantling of transport infrastructure have so far been largely ignored.
Contact: Dietrich Seifert
Tel.: +49 3682 400 62 21
Smart and linked lab of the future
The target of the network is the development and standardisation of innovative lab technologies, applications and solutions based on these, which simplify the processes, improve quality with concurrent increase of efficiency and increase process safety. Focuses include modularisation and integration of functions and components for a flexible lab environment that can be adapted individually to the respective requirements and that adjusts itself accordingly. 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. Not least, however, integration of robot systems in light of direct and optimised interaction between man and machine, and automation of the processes are at the focus.
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