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 German Future Prize 2007
Light from crystals wins German Future Prize 2007

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors has carried out pioneering work in the development of thin-film LEDs – supported by Fraunhofer researchers from Jena. Together with Dr. Andreas Bräuer of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena, Dr. Klaus Streubel and Dr. Stefan Illek of OSRAM Opto Semiconductors have won the German Future Prize 2007, the technology and innovation award bestowed by the German President, for their joint development of LED-based illumination modules. more info
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 Prof. Holger Boche awarded the Leibniz Prize

New impulses for mobile communication technology – Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. rer. nat. Holger Boche, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut HHI, has been awarded the prestigious Leibniz Prize 2008, worth €2.5 million, for his work on the mobile radio networks of the future. more info
 Researching for human health

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the global group Johnson & Johnson have launched a joint program to promote healthcare research projects. Work is to focus on improving the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The kickoff event will be held at the Fraunhofer headquarters in Munich on December 4, 2007. more info
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 Tracking down water leaks

A large fraction of fresh water never actually reaches the consumer, but pours out of holes in the supply pipes and seeps unused into the ground. A new, cost-efficient sensor currently being tested in Pisa, Italy, has been designed to locate these leaks. more info
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 Faster help for avalanche victims

Victims buried by an avalanche only have a chance of survival if they can be quickly and precisely located under the snow. A novel position-ing system, which will use the signals of Europe’s future satellite sys-tem ‘Galileo’, is to help improve the search. more info
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 Ultrasound for open leg ulcers

For skin transplants to “take root”, it needs to be ensured that the patient’s tissue is properly irrigated with blood. Low-frequency ultrasound can promote this effect. Researchers have developed the first device that permits variable control of the ultrasound frequency. more info
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 The green supercomputer

The Herkules supercomputer is not only powerful, but also kind to the environment. It consumes considerably less electricity than similar supercomputers. In terms of energy efficiency, it occupies a leading position worldwide. more info
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 Purified wastewater from hospitals

Hospital wastewater is contaminated with drugs that can pollute the environment. A newly developed system deals with the problem at source, directly treating and purifying wastewater from the toilets before it ever reaches the sewage plant. more info
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 Virtual factory on the tabletop

Many industrial processes involve reactions in places that are difficult to see directly. A novel tabletop touch screen allows hidden sequences of events to be observed in progress. It can be operated intuitively using a combination of fingers and recognizes swiping movements. more info
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Energy and construction technology
Information + communications technology, microelectronics
Logistics and traffic
Materials technology and component behaviour
Medical engineering, environmental and health research
Production technology, Process engineering
Testing technology, sensor systems

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Franz Miller

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Dr. rer. nat.  Janine Drexler
Stefanie Heyduck
Marion Horn
Beate Koch
Birgit Niesing
Isolde Rötzer
Monika Weiner

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