AdMaCom Kick-Off: Advanced Material Startups meet in Berlin

As their first big internationally visible activity, the Innovation Network for Advanced Materials (INAM) will hold the Advanced Materials Competition (AdMaCom), which is a six-week workshop from August 28th to October 10th, 2016, for developing innovative product concepts with international start-ups. Established (large) companies like OSRAM, LG, Ledvance, and Henkel will provide the technological infrastructure and know-how and/or sponsor money. The 15 participating Berlin and international start-ups will take advantage of this to improve their existing products and create new product concepts.

The participants will be able to draw upon the expertise of mentors from renowned international research facilities and industrial companies like LG Technology Center Europe, BASF Ventures, the London School of Economics, the Imperial College London as well as from Berlin like OSRAM, Direct Photonics Industries, Specs Nano Surface Analytics, Fab Lab Berlin, the Humboldt University’s IRIS Adlershof, Humboldt Innovation, ESMT, WISTA and Berlin Partner. Berlin should be visualized as an international high tech location not only for start-ups but also for innovative departments from large companies.

AdMaCom is being held under the patronage of the governing Mayor of Berlin.



Tapping the sun

A team of researchers from IRIS Adlershof of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Technische Universiteit Eindhoven in the Netherlands have developed thin plastic films, which continuously move upon exposure to sunlight. These materials are able to convert the sunlight’s energy directly into motion and have great promise for the development of sun-driven active coatings and surfaces, for example self-cleaning windows. These results have been published in Nature Communications.


Enlightening and flexing memories

Researchers from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, led by Professor Stefan Hecht, who is a member of IRIS Adlershof, in collaboration with the University of Strasbourg & CNRS (France) and the University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia), have shown that a carefully chosen blend of a small photoswitchable molecule and a semiconducting polymer can be used to fabricate high-performance memory devices that can be written and erased by light. Such multilevel (8-bit) optical memories have also been implemented on flexible substrates, paving the way to applications in wearable electronics, E-papers, and smart devices. These results have been published in Nature Nanotechnology.




Forging new products in electronics, optics and photonics

INAM Innovation Network for Advanced Materials founded in Berlin Adlershof

Scientists and business representatives of the Science and Technology Park have come together to form a new network. The INAM Innovation Network for Advanced Materials spans the whole value chain from basic research to product design.   

Next to industrial partners such as Osram GmbH, INAM’s partners include the Integrative Research Institute for the Sciences (IRIS Adlershof), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin), the economic development company Berlin Partner, and WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH. Initially planned for three years, the network’s aim is to develop and implement concepts for the use of new materials and technology in electronics, optics, and photonics, which in-clude, for example, new printing technology for cheaper production pro-cesses, transparent and conductive coatings for thin-film solar cells, or new organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) for the car industry.

INAM e.V. was established following an initiative of the Science and Technology Park Berlin Adlershof, where non-university research institutions and innovative companies have created a competence centre for optical analyt-ics and materials science in the vicinity of IRIS Adlershof of HU Berlin. The INAM network does more than to connect science and business and research and development. It also consists of partners who help to make products ready for the market. They range from the Agentur Pilotfish GmbH, a specialist for product design, to Fab Lab Berlin, an open workshop for development, or Humboldt Innovation GmbH and the attorneys of Weitnauer Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft, who offer advisory services on patents and technology transfer.

“Interdisciplinary cooperation will create new applications and, lastly, finished products which will increase the competitiveness of the companies in the region,” says Peter A. Frensch, vice-president for research at Humboldt-Universität. This will be facilitated by the existing infrastructure of Berlin Adlershof, which can be used for joint research and development, and com-plemented by entrepreneurship, start-up, and accelerator programmes, joint events, and showcases at conferences and trade fairs. The INAM network has already successfully attracted a new company to the Technology Park Adlershof this year: “The Inuru GmbH start-up has an inno-vative idea: it offers companies unprecedented marketing opportunities by using flat OLEDs to bring light and animation to paper,” Jonas Pauly ex-plains, who is the designated head of INAM. The Certi Foundation from Brazil, which is specialized on high technology, is the network’s first strategic partner from overseas.