Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces

Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces

The Fraunhofer Group Light & Surfaces combines the expertise of six Fraunhofer institutes. The Institute combine coordinated skills and ensure a fast and flexible adaptation to the needs of research in various fields of application for solving current and future challenges, in particular in the areas of energy, environment, manufacturing,information and security. Coordinated, directed to the current needs of the market, create synergies for the benefit of customers.


Exhibition / 14.11.2017


Discover the Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces: Fraunhofer ILT and Fraunhofer FEP at productronica.

Events / 27.2.2018

10th International Laser Symposium & International Symposium »Tailored Joining«

Latest News


Fraunhofer FEP awarded as „Innovator of the Year“ twice

The scientists of Fraunhofer FEP are pleased about two awards: the editors of DESIGN&ELEKTRONIK were searching for the “Innovator of the Year” for the first time. The readers of the magazine have chosen Fraunhofer FEP as the winner of even two categories for the research in the field of flexible glass and for the latest innovations regarding OLED microdisplays.

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Blueprints for the Next Generation of SLM Systems

Additive manufacturing is becoming increasingly important in industrial production. Decisive factors are the scalability of the build volume and the productivity of additive manufacturing systems. Against this background, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are further developing the selective laser melting (SLM) technology. To this end, a new SLM laboratory system was built in Aachen. With an effective utilizable build volume of 1,000 mm x 800 mm x 500 mm, the system is able to manufacture large metal components quickly and with high process reliability. Fraunhofer ILT will be presenting ideas and process videos about the new system at the 2017 formnext trade fair from November 14 to 17.

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Fast Personalized Therapeutic Choices Thanks to the Light-Based Sorting of Biomolecules and Cells

Biomolecules and cells circulating in the blood carry diagnostic information, the analysis of which makes highly effective, individualized therapies possible. In order to tap this information, scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT have developed a microchip-based diagnostic device: The “AnaLighter” analyzes and sorts clinically relevant biomolecules and cells in a blood test with light. As a result, physicians can make early diagnoses, for example, of tumor and cardiovascular diseases and initiate patient-specific therapies with great efficacy. Experts from Fraunhofer ILT will be presenting this technology at the COMPAMED 2017 in Düsseldorf from November 13 to 16.

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Laboratory in a bag

Human stem cells are considered a major new hope in the field of medicine. In the future, it is expected that they will make it possible to treat a wide range of ailments such as neurodegenerative diseases. With LabBag®, Fraunhofer researchers have developed an all-in-one system in the form of a transparent bag that provides a cheap, fast and sterile way for scientists to grow, differentiate and freeze stem cells. The cell models produced can be used for toxicity tests and drug development. Having successfully tested the system, researchers will present a prototype at the MEDICA trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, from November 13 to 16.

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Exhibition / 23.4.2018

Hannover Messe 2018

Experience the Fraunhofer Group Light & Surfaces at the Hanover Messe 2018!

Events / 2.5.2018

AKL - International Laser Technology Congress 2018


Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces

Reinhart Poprawe

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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Reinhart Poprawe

Chairman Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces

Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT
Steinbachstr. 15
52074 Aachen

Phone +49 241 8906-110

Fax +49 241 8906-121

Arnold Gillner

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Dr.-Ing. Arnold Gillner

Managing Director Fraunhofer Group for Light & Surfaces

Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology
Steinbachstr. 15
52074 Aachen

Phone +49 241 8906-148

Fax +49 241 8906-121