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Three Finalists of the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2014


From online control of penetration depth in laser welding via femto-second laser printer up to laser fired contacts in silicon solar cells

The international jury of the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2014 has selected on the basis of merit three finalists. The team representatives - listed in alphabetical order - are:
Dr. Yves Bellouard (Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, NL)
Dr. Markus Kogel-Hollacher (Precitec Optronik GmbH, Neu-Isenburg, D)
Dr. Ralf Preu (Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg, D)

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd team places of the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2014 will be disclosed and announced during the awarding ceremony on 7th May 2014 in Aachen´s town hall in the frame of the International Laser Technology Congress AKL´14. The prizewinner as representative of the 1st placed team will receive the sum of 10.000 euros and be awarded the titles of „AKL Fellow“ and „ELI Fellow“ by the associations Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. and the European Laser Institute ELI.

The Innovation Award Laser Technology is a European research prize awarded at 2-yearly intervals by the associations Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. and the European Laser Institute ELI. The award can be conferred on an individual researcher or on an entire project group, whose exceptional skills and dedicated work have led to an outstanding innovation in the field of laser technology. The scientific and technolo-gical projects in question must center on the use of laser light in materials processing or the methods of producing such light, and must furthermore be of demonstrable commercial value to industry.

The international jury selected on the basis of merit and the published criteria
3 outstanding finalists among the 23 applications for the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2014 (see detailed descriptions of the three innovations including photos on ).The prizewinner, the second and the third placed will be announced to the professional community and the public at large in an official award ceremony organized on 7th May 2014 in Aachen´s town hall in the frame of the International Laser Technology Congress AKL´14, organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT (see ).
The 3 finalists (listed in alphabetic order of the names of the team representatives):

1. FEMTOPRINT: A femtosecond laser printer for three-dimensional micro- and nano-manufacturing of glass
Dr. Yves Bellouard, Eindhoven University of Technology, NL
(Team Representative)
Dr. Clemens Hönninger, Amplitude Systèmes, Pessac, F
Eric Mottay, Amplitude Systèmes, Pessac, F
Stefano Bottinelli, Mecartex SA, Muzzano, CH
Michael Hopper, Quintenz Hybridtechnik GmbH, Neuried, D
Dr. Jean-Marc Breguet, CSEM, Neuchâtel, CH
Dr. François Barrot, CSEM, Neuchâtel, CH
Prof. Peter Kazansky, University of Southampton, UK
Prof. Reymond Clavel, EPFL, Lausanne, CH
Dr. Rainer Kling, ALPhANOV, Bordeaux, F
Dr. John Lopez, ALPhANOV, Bordeaux, F
Nicoletta Casanova, FEMTOprint SA, Muzzano, CH

2. Penetration Depth and Topography Measurement in Laser Materials Processing using Low Coherence Interferometry
Dr. Markus Kogel-Hollacher, Precitec Optronik GmbH, Neu-Isenburg, D
(Team Representative)
Dr. Stephan Bichmann, Scheidt & Bachmann GmbH, Mönchengladbach, D
Dipl.-Phys. Niels König, Fraunhofer IPT, Aachen, D
M.Sc. Guilherme Mallmann, Fraunhofer IPT, Aachen, D
Dipl.-Ing. Thibault Bautze, Precitec GmbH & Co. KG, Gaggenau, D
Dipl.-Ing.(FH) Christian Fraas, Precitec Vision GmbH&Co.KG, Neftenbach, CH

3. Laser Fired Contact (LFC) technology for the production of highly efficient silicon solar cells
Dr. Ralf Preu, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg, D (Team Representative)
Dr. Jan Nekarda, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE,
Freiburg, D
Dipl.-Phys. Martin Graf, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg, D

The jury’s decision was based on the following criteria:
• Proven commercial benefit
• Innovative quality of the resulting laser beam source, laser manufacturing process
or laser system
• Scientific / technological quality of the underlying research
• Creative approach to technology demonstrated by the designated individual or
project group
• Importance of the contribution of the applicant’s work to the overall innovative

The 9 members of the international jury of the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2014 have been recruited from industry and the research community:
• Dr. Guido Bonati (Coherent LaserSystems GmbH+CoKG, Göttingen, Germany
• Dr. Guido Hennig (Daetwyler Graphics AG, Bleienbach, Switzerland)
• Dr. Paul Hilton (The Welding Institute TWI Ltd, Cambridge, United Kingdom)
• Prof. Dr. Veli Kujanpää (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland,
Lappeenranta, Finland)
• Prof. Dr. Peter Loosen (Lehrstuhl Technologie Optischer Systeme TOS,
RWTH Aachen, Germany)
• Dr. Filip Motmans (VITO NV, Mol, Belgium)
• Prof. Dr. José Luis Ocaña (Centro Láser, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid,
• Prof. Dr. Andreas Ostendorf (Lehrstuhl für Laseranwendungstechnik, Ruhr-
Universität Bochum, Germany)
• Dr. Joseph Pankert (Philips Photonics, Aachen, Germany)

Further information:

- Regarding the award and the finalists:
Descriptions of the realized innovations of the 3 finalists and photos of the
awarding ceremony on 7th May 2014 in Aachen´s town hall can be
downloaded here.
Contact person: Axel Bauer, General Secretary of Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik
Phone: +49/241/8906-194, Mobile: +49/170/3309769, Fax: +49/241/8906-112,

- Regarding Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik AKL e.V.:
Contact person: Axel Bauer, General Secretary of Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik
Phone: +49/241/8906-194, Mobile: +49/170/3309769, Fax: +49/241/8906-112,

- Regarding European Laser Institute ELI:
Contact person: Dr. Paul Hilton, President of the European Laser Institute,
Phone: +44/1223 899000, Fax: +44/1223 892588

- Regarding the International Laser Technology Congress AKL´14
(May 7-9) organized by the Fraunhofer-Institute for Laser Technology ILT:
Contact persons: Silke Boehr, Axel Bauer, Marketing and Communications,
Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT,
Phone: +49/241/8906-288, Fax: +49/241/8906-121,

Weitere Informationen:

Axel Bauer | Fraunhofer-Institut

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