Find the cutting-edge technologies at one glance. Researcher and scientists present their innovative developments at the START:IP Matching Day.

Heat Pumps & Cogeneration (ENERGY)

Combined heat and power (CHP) plants have an overall efficiency of about 85% relative to the low heating value of the primary fuel and are economically unprofitable without subsidies. The aim of the project is to increase the fuel efficiency using renewable energy sources for high-temperature heating of buildings.

PoroSolv (PHARMA)

Solid dispersions are an efficient strategy for improving dissolution of poorly water-soluble drugs for enhancement of their bioavailability. A solvent-free drug loading technique for the preparation of stable amorphous solid dispersions has been developed. Porous silica can thus be loaded with one or more pharmaceutically active substances.


High accuracy of DNA replication is important for cells to preserve genetic identity and to prevent accumulation of deleterious mutations. This is especially true for the mass production of cells for example for cell therapy. The proposed technology minimizes the mutational load during mass production of cells and therefore maintains the genetic fidelity of the cells.


This device for blind people combines the benefits of both larger and portable Braille displays by putting the conventionally flat line of text on the inside of a rotating ring. It is thus possible to display long lines of Braille text with a portable device.


Plasma processing is widely used in industrial production to activate and clean surfaces of many materials including metals, glass, ceramics, and polymers. However, most commercial systems require mechanical control and positioning systems. This novel technology works entirely without additional process gases and adapts to different workpiece sizes and shapes.


Platinum is the most common catalyst material and is typically deposited at elevated temperatures. In order to coat thermally unstable substrates complex and expensive processes must be employed. This innovative deposition technique allows the coating of flexible thermoplastic substrates at low temperatures.


Cryogenic machining is used to process hard materials, using either liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide (CO2) as the coolant. This novel supplying system allows the pre-mixing of liquid carbon dioxide and desired lubricant in precisely defined quantities and thus decreases CO2 and energy consumption.


The only test widely accepted to diagnose non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a liver biopsy. Because of the high risks involved, this method cannot be used for routine examinations. The approach presented here is completely non-invasive and allows a cost-effective and reliable diagnosis of early stage NAFLD.

Trauma On a Chip (BIOTECHNOLOGY)

Despite of the physiological 3D nature of wounds, to date no satisfactory technological solutions are available to induce defined 3D wounds in tissue-engineered microtissues. To bridge this technological gap, a lab-on-a-chip has been developed which is capable of mechanically inducing tissue trauma upon tissue models.


Periodontitis is an inflammation of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It is one of the most common human diseases affecting 8% of the population between the age of 20 and 64 years. A novel biomaterial stimulates the regeneration of destroyed tissues around the tooth (bone, gingiva).


Aldox takes care of whey, a low-cost byproduct from dairy companies and valorizes it to sellable biobased hydrogen peroxide and lactobionic acid. Millions of liters of whey accumulate each year. This enzymatic and sustainable process is for the on-site processing of whey.


Hand-rim is the most favoured mode of propulsion by a large percentage of wheelchair users even though it leads to severe upper limb injuries. This novel manual wheelchair propulsion device is optimized for the musculoskeletal system of the arm.

Smart Orange (ELECTRONICS)

Quantum dots are tiny, nanometer-sized, cadmium-based particles with the ability to absorb light and re-emit it with well-defined colours. Therefore, they have become a building block of the display technology. In order to help reduce reliance on Cadmium a new generation of quantum dots ZnS(Se):Mn has been developed.

Vaccine Booster From the Sea (PHARMA)

Vaccines provide long-term resistance against diseases by generating an immune response to disease antigens. Some vaccines generate a poor response or are rapidly degraded. Adjuvants (e.g alum) potentiate this response, although it is not strong enough as required for the new generation of subunit vaccines.

Tomato Saviour (AGRICULTURE)

Bacterial spot is one of the most devastating diseases affecting tomato grown in greenhouses. For the chemical control of the disease typically copper based bactericides are sprayed in high concentrations. A new graphene-based material shows antimicrobial effects against the pathogen of the bacterial spot disease in pepper plants.

Electrical Grids Protection (ENERGY)

The ever-increasing number of renewable energy sources like photovoltaic generation plants and wind farms have a negative impact on the stability of the frequency in electrical grids. In order to prevent blackouts a new type of load shedding technology has been developed to better compensate for frequency fluctuations.


The world’s first, one-click, fast and easy bitumen and heavy oil ageing fingerprint sensor, which does neither require a laboratory nor specialized professionals. It allows for measurements, which last only a few seconds. The system is robust and mobile and increases customer loyalty due to certification of the quality of bitumen.

ZKS- Trenntechnik (PLASTICS)

Plastic recycling becomes more and more important. But, primarily due to missing accurate sorting technologies mixed waste fractions are still incinerated or disposed. This novel plant concept is based on density separation, which can recover post- consumer plastics especially polyolefins from heterogeneous material streams for recycling.