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  • Combatting periodontal pathogens

    A total 12 million Germans suffer from periodontitis. If the inflammation remains untreated, this could lead to tooth loss. However, it is also suspected of triggering many other diseases, like cardiopulmonary diseases. Researchers are studying the interactions, and developing compounds to combat the causative agents.

  • Engineering new vehicle powertrains

    Car engines – whether driven by gasoline, diesel, or electricity – waste an abundance of energy. Researchers are working on ways to stem this wastefulness. Ultramodern test facilities are helping them to optimize the entire development process of the engine. In the laboratory, they have already raised the degree of efficiency by up to ten percent.

  • Miniature camera may lead to fewer accidents

    Measuring only a few cubic millimeters, a new type of camera module might soon be integrated into future driver assistance systems to help car drivers facing critical situations. The little gadget can be built into the vehicle without taking up space. The way it works is particularly reliable, thanks to its special encapsulation.


    Analyzing gold and steel – rapidly and precisely

    Optical emission spectrometers are widely used in the steel industry but the instruments currently employed are relatively large and bulky. A novel sensor makes it possible to significantly reduce their size and, moreover, enables a more precise analysis in half the time previously required.

  • Compamed 2014

    Minimally invasive surgery with hydraulic assistance

    Endoscopic surgery requires great manual dexterity on the part of the operating surgeon. Future endoscopic instruments equipped with a hydraulic control system will provide added support during minimally invasive procedures. Their outstanding sensitivity simplifies the biopsy procedure.

  • EuroBLECH

    More efficient transformer materials

    Almost every electronic device contains a transformer. An important material used in their construction is electrical steel. Researchers have found a way to improve the performance of electrical steel and manufacture it more efficiently, using an optimized laser process.

  • 20th anniversary of Fraunhofer USA

    Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe’s premier research and development organization, is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of its U.S. subsidiary – its largest outside of Germany. As part of the celebration, Fraunhofer will be introducing its new Fraunhofer USA management team, while highlighting its focus over the next 20 years in terms of fostering innovation through international collaboration.

  • Clear path for safe rail traffic through Europe

    From Berlin to Budapest, from Prague to Paris – to travel safely, economically and inexpensively by train through Europe, uniform signal and train control solutions are needed. As a consequence of history, these still vary from country to country today. The „European Train Control System“ (ETCS) is intended to establish greater consistency. A total of 44 European partners are working to implement this in the trains in a cost-effective, reliable and above all opensource manner as „openETCS”. Fraunhofer is going to display methods to verify the system as safe at Innotrans 2014 from September 23 to 26.

  • Fraunhofer researchers nominated for the German Future Prize for work on healthy and delicious lupine proteins

    white-blooming blue sweet lupine

    Lupines can constitute an important nutritional element of the human diet. Scientists have found a way to process lupine seeds so they can be turned into protein-rich, flavor-neutral ingredients for foods. For their work on this, Fraunhofer scientists Stephanie Mittermaier and Peter Eisner and Prolupin GmbH’s Katrin Petersen have today been nominated for the German Future Prize 2014 ("Deutscher Zukunftspreis").

  • International Broadcasting Convention IBC 2014

    Spatial movie production – more creative and better value

    The days when the camera viewed a scene from a single position are long gone. Nowadays, special effects are in demand, and even more so if they’re in 3D. Researchers in the Spatial-AV project looked at how more creativity can be brought to three-dimensional cinema. Fraunhofer will be presenting the new technological solutions at this year’s International Broadcasting Convention, taking place September 12th to 16th in Amsterdam (hall 8, booth B80).


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