Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2012

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize – research with a practical orientation


This prize has been awarded by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft every year since 1978, in recognition of outstanding scientific work by members of its staff leading to the solution of application-oriented problems. Over 200 researchers have meanwhile seen their work honored in this way. This year, three prizes will be awarded – each valued at 20,000 euros.

Dr. Heinrich Höfler, Dipl.-Ing. Harald Wölfelschneider

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2012 – Laser scan at full speed
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Is a contact wire missing or is it faulty? What‘s the situation in front of the entrance to a railway station or a tunnel? A 3D laser scanner can increase the train‘s safety and reliability.

Dr. rer. nat. Jörg Ihde, Dr. phil. nat. Uwe Lommatzsch

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2012 – Functional coatings from the plasma nozzle
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These coatings offer protection against rust, scratches and moisture and improve adhesion: Surfaces with a nano coating. A new plasma process enables these coatings to be applied more easily and cost-efficiently – on an industrial scale.

Dr. rer. nat. Klaus Bergmann, Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Braun, Dr. rer. nat. Torsten Feigl

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2012 – Performance boost for microchips
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The semiconductor industry is faced with the challenge of supplying ever faster and more powerful chips. The Next-Generation Lithography with EUV radiation will help meeting that challenge. Fraunhofer researchers have developed key components.

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Andreas Mahlberg, Dr.-Ing. Peter Eisner, Dr. rer. nat. Michael Menner

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2012 – Improved lubrication without oil
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Running nicely – this applies even more to aqueous biopolymer solutions than to oil. These solutions are used as a cooling lubricant for machining hard metals and for tool-making machinery on which tools are manufactured.