Heavy Rush and Interesting Insights Regarding Ultraviolet LEDs

Program committee chair Markus Weyers during the discussion of a talk at the conference (Source: Advanced UV for Life / P. Gupta)

The conference’s organizers expected 150 registrations – finally more than 260 participants from 23 countries took part in the Iculta 2018 – International Conference on UV LED Technologies & Applications 2018 in Berlin. This is a great success for the first-ever conference on ultraviolet (UV) light emitting diodes (LEDs) and their multiple applications. “We are more than satisfied that Iculta with its wide range of high-quality contributions has received such great interest,” explains Prof. Michael Kneissl, co-chair of the conference and head of the Joint Lab GaN Optoelectronics that is operated jointly by Ferdinand Braun Institute and TU Berlin. “We are particularly pleased about the high level of industry participation, as it shows how attractive UV LEDs meanwhile are for industrial applications.” More than sixty percent of the Iculta 2018 participants came from companies. The field of competence that was most strongly represented at the conference was UV LED devices, followed by applications in cleaning & disinfection, UV curing, and medicine.

The aim of the conference was to bring together developers of UV LEDs and users from various application fields. “As we already did in our consortium ‘Advanced UV for Life’, we have succeeded here in doing so,” affirms program committee chair Prof. Markus Weyers, head of the materials technology department at Ferdinand Braun Institute. At the conference, users from a wide range of fields, from medicine and plant cultivation to analysis and sensor technology to plastics processing, intensively exchanged ideas. “These experts would otherwise probably have hardly met,” adds Weyers. “Thus, many experienced this event as a great enrichment and took valuable impulses with them.”

The 31 invited presentations and 33 contributed papers as well as the accompanying poster session dealt with advances in manufacturing technologies, current developments, applications and trends in UV LEDs. The Ferdinand Braun Institut (FBH) and its spin-off UVphotonics NT were represented with several (invited) talks and booths at the accompanying exhibition.

The prizes for the three best posters were awarded to Hans Bethge from Leibniz University Hanover for “Design and fabrication of a microcontroller based wireless LED-research module for application in in vitro culture labs”, Naoto Yabuki from Asahi Kasei Corporation on “UV spectral sensitivities of escherichia coli and MS2 phage measured with UVC LED water disinfection module”, and Frank Mehnke from TU Berlin about “AlGaN-based UV LEDs with emission below 230 nm”.

Iculta 2018 was jointly organized by ‘Advanced UV for Life’ and the International Ultraviolet Association. The ‘Advanced UV for Life’ consortium brings together fifty partners from research and industry, managed by the Ferdinand Braun Institute. The local organization of the conference was completely handled by the consortium coordination office located within FBH’s science management department. (Source: FBH)

Link: International Conference on UV LED Technologies & Applications, ICULTA, Berlin, Germany

Further reading: C. Reble, M. Meinke, J. Rass et al.: No More Sunburn, Optik Photonik 13(1), 32-35 (February 2018); DOI: 10.1002/opph.201800001O. Stroh‐Vasenev: Light Sources – More Powerful Than Ever, Optik Photonik 13(2), 52-55 (April 2018); DOI: 10.1002/opph.201800018

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