frequent 05_2013 - Research news from the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut

Thema: Ultraviolet light from LEDs (nur in Englisch verfügbar)

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Editorial

G. Tränkle
Director of the FBH, Günther Tränkle

UV LEDs – capturing new markets: UV LEDs with short wavelengths increasingly yield efficiencies and output powers making these light sources utilizable for a rising number of applications – new as well as established ones. Thus, it is to be expected that conventional UV light sources are more and more replaced by environmentally friendly LED devices. A whole series of novel developments at FBH are conducted within strategic networks, bringing major partners along the value chain together. This approach ensures a rapid transfer of technology, helping the institute and its associate partners to remain internationally competitive.

In "Berlin WideBaSe", a network financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), for example, ten companies and three research institutions joined forces to develop, manufacture, and market optoelectronic and electronic devices based on wide bandgap semiconductors, including UV LEDs. Such joint efforts create confidence and therefore, quite often, lay the foundation for further collaboration. Only recently, the "Advanced UV for life" concept has been successful in the "Zwanzig20" competition. A consortium of currently 22 partners, among them many already affiliated within "Berlin WideBaSe", bundles competencies to bring tailored UV light sources for medicine, water treatment, and sensors into the market. Within the next five years, up to 45 million Euros will be provided by the BMBF – a great success not only for the FBH itself, but also an acknowledgement for its collaborative, output-driven approach. We wish you an inspiring reading of this frequent issue presenting current FBH developments in the field of UV LEDs.