Advanced UV for Life - the initiative

About Advanced UV for Life

The consortium "Advanced UV for Life" succeeded in the "Zwanzig20 – Partnerschaft für Innovation" competition announced by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is now funded with up to 45 million Euros until 2021.

The interdisciplinary consortium that is managed by the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut comprises 49 partners - research institutions as well as industrial companies. These partners cover the whole value chain: from development, manufacturing, and systems integration to application and marketing of UV-LED based components, systems, and processes. 81 percent of them are located in the new German Federal States. From the capital region, institutions like the Charité, the Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth, and Technische Universität Berlin contribute to "Advanced UV for Life" along with companies like CrysTec, LayTec, and OSA Opto Light. Also, spin-off companies are projected within the cooperation.


"Advanced UV for Life" aims at developing semiconductor light sources to open up new markets and expand existing ones for UV technology - from tailored semiconductor devices to assemblies and modules to the final application. The focus is on the development of light sources for the shorter UV wavelength range and on novel technologies to manufacture them. Due to optimum materials composition and structuring, devices shall be fabricated that emit narrow-band UV light with freely adjustable wavelength and with the required output power.

In addition to device developers, the consortium is borne by manufacturers that aim to develop novel solutions in currently four application fields:


determination of sun protection factor, diagnostics of skin cancer and wound infection, detection of blood redox status, UVB LED phototherapy

Environment and Life Sciences

DNA extraction & detection, UV  gas monitoring, horticulture


air disinfection, water purification, surface decontamination, germ detection


glass fiber coating, 2D and 3D UV printing, UV curing in toll-to-roll precesses, lightweight construction, UV LED lithography