From Research to Application: Projects at Fraunhofer EMFT

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  • © Fraunhofer EMFT/ Bernd Müller

    Adaptive safety valve for micropumps as protection against overdosing

    Diabetes types that require regular insulin treatment are highly dependent on the patient's ability to constantly track their blood glucose levels and self-administer insulin accordingly. This not only causes a major inconvenience in everyday life, but also involves the risk of hyperglycaemia or hypoglycaemia. In addition, a blood sugar deficiency can only be predicted inadequately in certain situations. Together with five European partners, researchers at the Fraunhofer EMFT are developing an implantable measuring and dosing system. It is capable of monitoring all relevant key metabolic parameters on a situation-specific basis and adjusting the insulin dosage accordingly.

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  • Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases of civilization. Around 15-25% of patients develop diabetic foot syndrome during the progression of the disease: nerve damage and circulatory disorders, particularly in the feet. As those affected have a reduced or no sensation of pain in their feet, pressure points, blisters or cuts often form unnoticed, which can result in an open ulcer if not treated in time. In future, a patch with integrated sensor technology should help to detect critical conditions and the need for treatment at an early stage.

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  • New integrated memory technologies for the realization of analog and digital neuromorphic circuits.
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    New integrated memory technologies for the realization of analog and digital neuromorphic circuits.

    Neuromorphic computing is considered a key technology for future AI applications. The sophisticated nerve network of our human brain serves as a model. A central challenge for research is the very high energy consumption of chips for the required complex processing power. Within the ECSEL project TEMPO (Technology & Hardware for Neuromorphic Computing) the German consortium with participation of Fraunhofer EMFT is working on the development and evaluation of power-saving neuromorphic computing chips in the 22nm FDSOI technology node.

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  • Flexible Solar Panel
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    For flexible applications: Organic solar module manufactured in a roll-to-roll process

    In the LEO project (platform technology for the resource-efficient production of conductive tracks on large-area surfaces equipped with electronics), Fraunhofer ISE and Fraunhofer EMFT are bundling their expertise in fine-line metallization and roll-to-roll processing as well as thin-chip integration in foils.

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  • © Scott Webb / unsplash

    Improved flexibility and convenience are two key aspects of making local public transport more attractive, for example with a better-connected network and more frequent services. One promising approach to achieving this goal is low-cost shuttle vehicles without drivers. The Fraunhofer EMFT is contributing to the development of a prototype for such an autonomous people mover as part of the SUE (Self-driving Urban E-Shuttle) funding project. It is designed to combine high flexibility with passenger comfort, making it a valid alternative to the car.

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  • © Fraunhofer EMFT/ Bernd Müller

    Analysis and simulation of the damage behavior of press-fit joints due to mechanical and thermal loads.

    Press-fit technology provides an innovative connection method which, due to its high reliability and robustness, is particularly suitable for safety-relevant connection points. Another advantage is that the method is much more eco-friendly than the soldering technique most commonly used to date. A Fraunhofer EMFT research team is working on a predictive model that relates easily accessible material/process data to the reliability of press-fit contacts.

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  • © Fraunhofer EMFT/ Bernd Müller

    Detection of infectious diseases using wearable sensors to measure vital parameters

    Infectious diseases are often detected too late and the necessary treatment measures are not initiated in time, which increases the risk for patients. As part of the M3Infekt project, a sensor bracelet is being developed that allows monitoring of the relevant biosignals using the example of Covid 19 patients.

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  • 3D Tissue Models with Integrated Sensor Technology
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    Cell and tissue samples in the 37 °C incubator

    In the development of new drugs as well as in the evaluation of biological, chemical or physical risks, 3D tissue models cultivated in the laboratory are becoming increasingly important compared to less realistic, but so far commonly used 2D cell layers. In addition to biological tissue models, which are far advanced in development, analytical measurement and analysis methods are required to make the response of cells to external stimuli measurable as quantitatively as possible. Up to now, this has usually required dissecting the tissue in order to access the deeper-lying cells. Researchers at Fraunhofer EMFT are working on a fundamentally new concept to enable non-invasive investigation of the reactions of artificially cultivated cells to external stimuli.

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  • measurement setup for an eight-channel ultrasonic transceiver chip
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    measurement setup for an eight-channel ultrasonic transceiver chip

    Intelligent interactive systems for human-machine interaction (MMI) are increasingly being used in many applications in the areas of Industry 4.0, Smart Health, Smart Security and Automotive. Here, sensor systems for non-verbal information exchange in the near-distance and contact range are essential for both functionality and security. In order to meet the increasing demands in terms of performance, energy efficiency and functionality, researchers at Fraunhofer EMFT are working together with three other Fraunhofer institutes to develop a modularized MEMS technology and sensor platform.

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    Healthy soils are a basis for sustainable and at the same time productive agricultural use. In situ measurements of indicative soil parameters would therefore be an effective tool for farmers to optimize cultivation - but up to now there are hardly any practicable solutions available on the market. Researchers at Fraunhofer EMFT are working with partners in the EU project FAMOSOS to develop a measuring system that provides real-time soil data on material flows such as nitrogen (ammonium, nitrate, nitrous oxide), moisture, pH and dissolved oxygen.

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