This group of PD Dr.-Ing. Timo Mappes was established in the frame of the German Excellence Initiative I and was partly funded by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). When the group leader joined industrial research & development of Carl Zeiss AG in 2012, the group was discontinued. However, all then still ongoing PhD-projects were subsequently successfully terminated.
The aim of this interdisciplinary group was the creation of the technological basis for novel miniaturized sensor systems out of polymer for fluid analysis in chemistry, biology and medicine. To meet this challenge, process techniques need to be optimized and physical effects have to be simulated in order to build a selection of highly integrated sensor systems that are able to sense specific biomedical parameters. Therefore we were developing solutions for the integration of microfluidic, microoptical, and electro optical sub-systems and components.
Objectives of the development were high sensitivity, a minimal amount of analyte to be used for sensing, and low production cost in order to allow for using the optofluidic chips as disposables.
For specific biophotonic applications chips were optimized to show the reproducability and reliability of the entire system. Scientific foci were in the integration of miniaturized organic lasers on chip, the optimization of polymer resonators, and their biological functionalization for analytics.
The biophotonic systems group was working at the Institute for Microstructure Technology (IMT) in close cooperation with the Light Technology Institute (LTI), in addition there is a fruitful collaboration with the Institute for Applied Physics (APH) RG Kalt.
The doctoral researchers of this group were members of Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics (KSOP).
The group was always keeping an eye on the potential of commercializing the own scientific discoveries and has filed a number of patents. Within this context the group has strongly supported the founding of the spin-off company VISOLAS GmbH.
On an international level there is an additional close collaboration with the Optofluidics Group of Prof. Anders Kristensen at DTU NanoTech, part of the Danish Technical University (DTU) in Lyngby near Copenhagen.
The research group of PD Dr.-Ing. habil. Timo Mappes in press and media
- 01 August 2012 Guest Editor of the Special Issue Lab-on-a-Chip Based Diagnostics
Journal of Biophotonics 5 (8-9) Impact-Factor 4.343
- 01 November 2011 European Network of Excellence for Biophotonics PHOTONICS4LIFE
P4L Newsletter 2|2011
- 28 October 2011 KIT ClicKIT No. 2011.4
International studies in Optics and Photonics at KSOP
- 1 July 2011 Representing KIT at the Nobel Laureate Meeting 2011
Ministerpresident of the State of Baden-Württemberg is learing about Biophotonics
- 16 June 2011 KIT Press Release No. 100
Best Commercialization of a Research Result in 2011: High Tech Award CyberOne
- 11 May 2011 Founding of the VISOLAS GmbH as a
Spin-off company of KIT
- 23 March 2011 European Network of Excellence for Biophotonics PHOTONICS4LIFE
P4L Newsletter 1|2011
- 06 January 2011 Nature Photonics with a spotlight on ACTMOST as Micro-optics one-stop shop:
Nature Photonics 5: 9-10
- 17 September 2010 EOS European Optical Society brochure
How optics and photonics address Europe's challenges of the 21sts century
- 23 August 2010 KIT Press Release No. 095
Laser Light from Conical Polymer Microcavities
- 11 August 2010 European Network of Excellence for Biophotonics PHOTONICS4LIFE
P4L Newsletter 2|2010
- 16 June 2010 KIT Press Release No. 074
Bedded in Foil with High Pulse Energies
- 14 April 2010 SPIE Photonics Europe 12-16 April Brussels Best Student Paper
Sönke Klinkhammer: Proc. SPIE 7722
- 10 March 2010 European Network of Excellence for Biophotonics PHOTONICS4LIFE
P4L Newsletter 1|2010
- 12 February 2010 KIT Journal of the Department of Mechanical Engineering