First coffee machine with integrated laser interferometer - April, April ;-)

Scientists at the Institute of Process Measurement and Sensor Technology and the NanoFab Research Training Group have demonstrated the integration of a laser interferometer into a coffee machine for the first time.

This means that the filling of coffee cups can now be dosed much more precisely than before. The interferometer can also be used to determine the spectrum of the coffee during filling by means of Fourier spectroscopy. This enables a highly accurate qualitative and quantitative analysis of the caffeine. Further research work is now to follow, using machine learning methods to evaluate the spectroscopic data in such a way as to intervene directly in the dosing process and directly influence the quality of the brewed coffee and tailor it to the taste of the coffee drinker.
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Literature: C.W.Huck, W.Guggenbichler, G.K.Bonn: Analysis of caffeine, theobromine and theophylline in coffee by near infrared spectroscopy. Analytica Chimica Acta, Volume 538, Issues 1-2, 4 May 2005, Pages 195-203

Virtual RTG on-site inspection

The application for the continuation of the RTG 2182 NanoFab was sent to the DFG at the end of September 2020. To decide, whether the duration of the RTG will be extended, the DFG will carry out a virtual on-site inspection on the 13.01.2021. The inspection will be carried out by 6 international appraisers and 3 representatives of the DFG. During the inspection, the appraisers will interview the project leaders as well as the PhDs of the first and second generation via a Webex conference. Based on these interviews and the application documents, the appraiser group will render their judgement and decide about the RTG extension in summer/fall 2021. We are looking forward to the appraisal and hope for a positive verdict.

Thuringian Research Award

The research group of the TU Ilmenau around Prof. Eberhard Manske received the Thuringian Research Prize 2020 for the project "Subnanometer measurement method of highest precision with ten decades measuring range".
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