Green Photonics Junior Award 2017 for Innovative Theses

The idea of sustainability plays an increasingly important role for our society today. Energy- and resource-conserving processes are essential, especially for urgent future issues, such as the preservation of the environment, health and nutrition. In order to show that light can make a big contribution to this, the Green Photonics Junior Award 2017 was handed to young scientists, who have found answers to these questions in their final thesis, on the occasion of the Laser World of Photonics on 27th June 2017 in Munich.

The prize winners of the Green Photonics Junior Award 2017 with members of the jury Björn Böker (head of corporate development of VDI, l.), Prof. Andreas Tünnermann and Dr. Patrick Heuer (Fraunhofer Society, r.; source: FhG; click for larger version)

Light is much more than just a light source. However, few know that, in addition to their classic use as an LED or halogen lamp, it also plays a major role in CO2-neutral energy generation, can help to reduce energy consumption and contribute decisively to environmental protection. Light technologies can be used not only in coping with en- vironmental and climatic disasters, but also in securing drinking water.

In order to make the sustainable use of light – green photonics – more of a focus of the society and to highlight the relevance of light in addressing global challenges, the Green Photonics innovation cluster was launched by the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, in whose name the Green Photonics Junior Award is presented once a year.

The next generation prize will be used to promote scientists who work on issues such as light, optics, photonics, environmental protection, climate protection and resource conservation. The work is assessed on the basis of originality and degree of innovation, market value / economic potential as well as the contribution to the goals of Green Photonics: energy and resource saving, environmental protection, sustainability.

Prof. Andreas Tünnermann, Director of the Fraunhofer IOF, emphasized the importance of photonic technologies in solving urgent future questions: “The sustainable use of light offers not only methods for resource-efficient energy generation, but also many new exciting fields of application, such as securing drinking water and food quality or optical methods for the investigation and adaptation of climate change.”

This year‘s Green Photonics Junior Award 2017 winners are in the category “Bachelor, diploma and master theses”: David Schmelz – Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Valentin Wittstock – Albert Ludwigs University  Freiburg, and Andreas Herdt – Technical University of Darmstadt. In the category “Dissertations”: Dr. Astrid Bingel – Fraunhofer IOF Jena, Dr. Martin Steglich – Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Dr. Fernando Germán Chouza Keil – Ludwig Maximilians University Munich.

The STIFT – Special award of Thuringia – was given to David Schmelz (master thesis) – Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, and Dr. Tino Elsmann (dissertation) – Leibniz IPHT Jena. (Source: Fh. IOF)

Link: Junior Award Green Photonics Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik IOF, Jena, Germany



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