26 Campus Charlottenburg 4.3 Campus Charlottenburg © TUB In the middle of City West lies the Campus Charlottenburg, an urban space where the worlds of science, business and private life meet. Two internationally renowned universities are located here, along with a polytechnic institute, four institutes of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, as well as other institutions not affiliated with a university. In addition, there are many small and mid-sized companies, as well as several major international companies. Numerous associations and interest groups also have their headquarters in the immediate vicinity. and X-ray optics. The establishment of an endowed chair at the institute has lent a special emphasis to X-ray analysis. There are 11 different working groups currently at the IOAP. In addition, the institute has established joint professorships and lectureships with various research institutes in Berlin, including with Max-Born Institute (MBI), the National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB), Fritz Haber Institute (FHI), Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), Ferdinand Braun Institute (FBH) and Helmholtz Center Berlin (HZB). www.campus-charlottenburg.org www.ioap.tu-berlin.de University Research More than 8300 people work, teach and conduct research at Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin). Approximately 32,000 students can choose from about 100 course offerings, making it one of the largest technical universities in Germany. Owing to its forward-looking range of course offerings – with everything from engineering and the natural sciences to planning, social sciences, economics and humanities – it provides education to the next generation of desperately needed skilled professionals. TU Berlin is highly networked, possesses an international reputation, helps create around 20 start-ups each year and received 178 million euros in third-party funding in 2014, in addition to 295 million in government grants. www.tu-berlin.de The Institute for Optics and Atomic Physics (IOAP) at the TU Berlin brings together efficient physical measurement methodologies along with their applications under a single roof. This serves primarily to facilitate method-oriented work mainly in (non-linear) light optics, laser physics, spectroscopy, optical technologies, electron microscopy and holography, as well as X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray analysis Together with the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI), TU Berlin operates the Berlin Laboratory for innovative X-ray Technologies (BLiX), which is equipped with an X-ray microscope with a highly brilliant laser-produced plasma source at an emission wavelength of 2.48 nm in the spectral range of what is known as the “water window”. Another laser-produced plasma source for the soft X-ray range below 1.2 keV is available for different variants of X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. In addition, there are two structures with X-ray tubes for X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy, which can be used to perform chemical speciation on transition metals. There is also a method for three-dimensional imaging of the distribution of elements in samples. BLiX is part of the endowed professorship in “Analytical X-Ray Physics” held by Prof. Birgit Kanngießer. The goal of TU Berlin is to use such innovative labs to create institutions where university and non-university research institutes can work together with companies on innovative products. Through its collaboration with the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI), a member of the Leibnitz Association, BLiX also acts as a Leibniz application laboratory. www.blix.tu-berlin.de/en
Campus Charlottenburg 27 The Unifying Concepts in Catalysis (UniCat) cluster of excellence conducts studies in the field of catalysis, an area of significant economic importance. This involves research on and development of catalysts that can provide for the more efficient and environmentally friendly use of natural energy and material resources as well as the investigation of new “smart” enzymes for the production of antibiotics. The excellence cluster has received funding for the period 2007 – 2017. The spokesperson for the cluster of excellence is Prof. Matthias Drieß from the Institute of Chemistry at TU Berlin. The cluster’s interdisciplinary research alliance encompasses about 50 working groups, drawing together scientists and researchers in the fields of natural science and engineering from the TU Berlin, FU Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the University of Potsdam, the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam. The research work currently being done by the scientists participating in the cluster focuses on the oxidative conversion of methane (natural gas and biogas) into ethylene, the activation of carbon dioxide, the production of biological hydrogen for microbial fuel cells, and the development of new agents based on natural substances. www.unicat.tu-berlin.de Non-University Research The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (Fraunhofer IPK) is housed at the Production Technology Centre Berlin (PTZ), under the same roof as TU Berlin’s Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Operation (IWF). Fraunhofer IPK conducts applied research and development for the entire manufacturing process chain – from product development to actual production, the maintenance of capital goods and product recycling as well as the design and management of factory operations. In the field of automation technology, the institute has specialized in automated optical measurement and testing technologies, making it possible to reconstruct torn documents automatically, for instance.Fraunhofer IPK works closely with BAM and Charité. www.ipk.fraunhofer.de/en The Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute (Fraunhofer HHI) was founded in 1927 as the “Heinrich-Hertz-Institut für Schwingungsforschung (HHI for research on oscillations)”. In 2003, the Institute was transferred to the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and acquired its current name. The core competencies of Fraunhofer HHI include optical communication networks and systems, mobile broadband systems, optical components and electronic imaging technology. Among other things, Fraunhofer HHI develops and manufactures electro-optical components and modules. The portfolio covers lasers and detectors built on indium phosphide, polymer optical waveguides and diffractive optical elements. Additional primary research topics include video- and audio-coding and transmission (video over IP) as well as 2D and 3D image processing, mixed-reality displays, autostereoscopic 3D displays, human-machine interfaces, information management as well as image and video archiving. www.hhi.fraunhofer.de Applied mathematics plays an important role in many areas of industry and research. At MATHEON – the Centre for Applied Mathematics, more than 200 scientists work with mathematical modeling, simulation and optimization methods on solutions for current and future issues having to do with the environment, energy, resource scarcity, transport, communications, manufacturing, new materials and health. Matheon was established as a DFG Research Center in 2002 by mathematicians from the FU, HU, and TU as well as the Weierstrass Institute (WIAS) and the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB). Since June 2014, it has been funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin, functioning under the name Einstein Center for Mathematics Berlin (ECMath). www.matheon.de On an initiative by Werner von Siemens and Hermann von Helmholtz, the Physical and Technical Institute of the German Reich (Physikalisch-Technische Reichsanstalt, or PTR) was founded in Berlin-Charlottenburg in 1887. Now renamed The National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB), it has offices in Braunschweig, Berlin-Charlottenburg and Berlin-Adlershof.
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