Tenth Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis – Prize Winners 2018 Announced

20.07.2018 - 09:53

Concluding a day of presentations by the finalists on July 13th the jury voted on the prize winners for the tenth Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis. On September 21, 2018, a total of 100.000 euros will be awarded:

First Prize for “Extreme High-speed Laser Material Deposition – EHLA” to Thomas Schopphoven, Dr. Andres Gasser and Gerhard Maria Backes at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, Aachen and chair for Digital Additive Production (DAP), RWTH Aachen: EHLA is a new, highly productive variant of laser material deposition. It eliminates coating processes' shortcomings, in particular hard chrome plating and thermal spraying, providing an eco-friendly and economical alternative. This process also has great potential in the rapidly growing additive manufacturing market.  

Second Prize for “3D Laser Lithography for Photonic Integration – DELPHI” to the Project Group DELPHI (Prof. Dr. Christian Koos,  Alois Hauk,  Philipp-Immanuel Dietrich,  Dr. Nicole Lindenmann,  Andreas Hofmann,  Tobias Hoose,  Muhammad Rodlin Billah,  Matthias Blaicher) at Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) and Institute of Photonics und Quantum Electronics (IPQ), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Vanguard Photonics GmbH, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, and Institute for Automation and Applied Informatics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology: The DELPHI project, headed by Christian Koos, is dedicated to industrial adoption of femtosecond laser lithography as a tool for 3D additive nanofabrication in integrated photonics. The concept of multi-photon polymerization is exploited to fabricate single-mode photonic waveguides and free-form micro-optical elements for efficient coupling of optical chips.  

Third Prize for “Faster Assessment of Resistances – RamanBioAssay” to Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp and Prof. Dr. Ute Neugebauer at Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology e.V., Jena, Institute of Physical Chemistry (IPC), Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Biophotonics Diagnostics GmbH, Jena, and Center for Sepsis Control & Care, Jena University Hospital: RamanBioAssay is a laser-based method for a rapid identification of bacteria together with the characterization of their phenotypical resistance to antibiotics in less than four hours. The laser light is used to excite Raman spectra containing important fingerprint information about the identity and resistance patterns of the bacterial pathogen.

The presentation of the awards to the prize winners traditionally takes place at a grand award ceremony at the headquarters of the TRUMPF Group in Ditzingen, Germany. As of 2018 the Leibinger laser prizes award ceremony will always take place the third Friday of September every other year.  

The following finalists received a diploma and sculpture at the jury session on July 13th:

  • Prof. Dr. Arie Zigler, Hebrew University, Jersalem and HIL Applied Medical Ltd, Jerusalem, Israel for “Laser-Based Ion Accelerator for Proton Therapy of Cancer”: The approach of producing fast protons by the interaction of high intensity short laser pulses with “snow” targets is a promising development towards ultra-compact, cost-effective, and affordable ion accelerator systems for various applications including production of radioactive isotopes, neutron production radiography, fusion, and various forms of radiation therapy.  
  • Project Group SYLOS1 (Rimantas Budriūnas, Dr. Tomas Stanislauskas, Dr. Jonas Adamonis, Dr. Aidas Aleknavičius, Dr. Gediminas Veitas, Darius Gadonas, Stanislovas Balickas, Dr. Andrejus Michailovas, Dr. Arūnas Varanavičius), Vilnius University Laser Research Center, Light Conversion (MGF Šviesos konversija, UAB), Vilnius, Ekspla, UAB, Vilnius, Institute of Physics, State research institute Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Vilnius, for „ELI-ALPS SYLOS1 Laser System“: A laser system for the Extreme Light Infrastructure ELI-ALPS to enable next generation experiments in attosecond science: High peak and average power cascaded optical parametric chirped pulse amplification system driven by diode-pumped lasers. It achieves more than 53 W average power combined with 5.5 TW peak power and sub-9 fs pulse duration. 
  •  Prof. Dr. Ji-Cheng Zhao and Prof. Dr. David G. Cahill, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, for “Ultrafast Laser Materials Property Microscopy”: Materials property microscopy can be applied to almost any material and accelerates experimental measurements of several key materials properties by integrating laser pump-probe time-domain thermoreflectance measurements with high-precision modeling of ultrafast laser induced thermophysical responses at both micron-scale spatial resolution and femtosecond temporal resolution.  
  • Dr. Murielle Ferraye, Lise Pape, Prof. Dr. Bastiaan R. Bloem and Prof. Dr. Bettina Debû, Department of Neurology, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmagen, University of Twente, Enschede, Walk with Path Ltd., London, Grenoble Institute of Neuroscience, Université Grenoble Alpes, La Tronche, for “Laser Shoes in Parkinson’s Disease”: Freezing of gait is a severe symptom of Parkinson’s Disease. Patients experience this as if their feet remain glued to the floor. By consciously looking at visual information on the floor, such as objects or lines and stepping over them, they are able to overcome their blockages during walking. The laser shoes translate this observation into a unique ambulatory visual cueing device.  
  • Dr. Ralf Preu and Dr. Jan-Frederik Nekarda, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg, for “Laser Fired Contact for More Efficient Solar Cells”: The laser fired contact technology presented for the first time an industrial feasible way for the mass-production of the more efficient PERC solar cell concept. Over ten years, the process has been developed in close collaboration with leading companies for industrial maturity until successfully used in the world's first mass production, eventually establishing a new solar cell industry standard. 

Since 2000 the biennial international Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis has been open to both individuals and project groups with innovations regarding the application or generation of laser light in any industry or field of technology, from automotive to quantum telecommunications, from laser light sources via process developments and analytics to machines and installations. 

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