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Project start of EXIST transfer of research

Together with the European Social Fund, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is co-financing our EXIST Transfer of Research project within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Freiburg.

Our team at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) has developed a novel, transmissive optofluidic component for adaptive optics. Our Deformable Phase Plate (DPP) was developed for use in multiple fields such as optical communication, ophthalmology, optical testing and analysis methods, astronomy, material processing and microscopy. Adaptive optics improves the optical quality in all of the above mentioned fields by compensating for disturbances to the optical systems dynamically.

“In stark contrast to astronomy, in which adaptive optics today is standard in professional telescopes, its use in microscopy is still in the early stages. Not even the best microscopes are always able to achieve their full potential when imaging deep inside biological specimens. The technology underlying our DPP will fundamentally change the way adaptive optics improves the resolution and contrast of all microscopes,” explains project leader Dr. Stefan M. Weber.

Dr. Kaustubh Banerjee and Dr. Pouya Rajaeipur created the prototypes during their doctoral studies at IMTEK. The fundamental technology was invented by Dr. Çağlar Ataman at the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Hans Zappe in the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK), a research group with more than 20 years of experience in optofluidics and imaging.

The EXIST Transfer of Research program supports outstanding research-based start-up projects that involve extensive and risky developments. The team is supported by the Founder's Office at the University of Freiburg, which provides support to scientists with promising ideas who are interested in establishing a new start-up.

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