All interdisciplinary research areas are in close collaboration with scientists from various disciplines in material science, chemistry, physics, medicine, and biology at academic research institutions and industry. It uses novel approaches with functional materials and innovative technologies such as ferroelectric (particularly with Barium Strontium Titanate (BST) and BST-composite) thin- and thick-film technologies, BST-inkjet printing and Microwave Liquid Crystal (MLC) technology, in some cases combined with novel electromagnetic bandgap structures, nanowire membranes and bulk glass ceramics.
The demand for tunable or reconfigurable components at micro- and millimeter wave frequencies increased during the last years. Tunable microwave devices for reconfigurable systems such as tunable varactors, filters, or matching networks are becoming more and more important. Applications can be found in modern communication systems of the 5th generation (5G) and in radar sensing as for automotive applications. Implementing reconfigurability into radio frequency circuits will be the enabling technology required for the final realization of software-defined-systems.
The modern industry is interested in new universal adaptable and affordable sensor concepts in a wide range of applications which can be satisfied with Microwaves for BioMedicine, including dual-mode microwave applicators with integrated microwave sensorics as well as biological sensors with integrated microfluidic channels and underlying measurement techniques for microwave-based analysis and manipulation of biological cells
Chipless Wireless RFID & Microwave Sensors for industrial process and environmental monitoring and localization