Twelve "Research Laboratories Microelectronics Germany (ForLab)" open up new research fields for the microelectronics of the future and thus strengthen Germany as a location for microelectronics. The Freiburg Microelectronics Research Laboratory for Hybrid Integration Technologies PROMYS is working on medical electronic systems that can measure both chemical and biological parameters in patients and in the environment. The scientists are testing new functional materials and microelectronic chips both implemented into three-dimensional microstructures. The complex microsystems will initially be used in medicine, for example for autonomous patient monitoring, as an integrated, implantable sensor-stimulation chip using biofuel energy harvesting or as bioanalytical diagnostic systems for virus diagnostics. Robust microsystems that can be used universally will be created in the ForLab PROMYS. Researchers see potential applications not only in medicine, but also in other areas such as smart homes, agriculture or process technology, which will create a broad economic and technological impact for Germany.
More info on the project can be found HERE.
Gerald Urban is a Full Professor of Sensors at the Department of Microsystems engineering at the University Freiburg. He is speaker of the review board “System Theory” of the German Science foundation and a member of the directorate of the VDE DGBMT. His research interests are dedicated to the development of chemo- and biosensor systems for clinical and system-biological applications. He studied technical physics at the TU Vienna and was employed at the neurosurgical department of the AKH Vienna afterwards. From 1990 till 2002 he was scientific director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Biomedical Microengineering in Vienna. He finished his habilitation in 1994 and became a full professor at the university Freiburg in 1997. He is series editor of “Chemo- and Biosensors” for the SPRINGER publishing house
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