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Main Research at Leibniz Universität Hannover
Spitzenforschung an der Uni Hannover

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Leibniz Universität Hannover has a large scientific potential. This is proved by numerous research activities. Leibniz Universität Hannover concentrates on nationally and internationally competitive key areas in order to sharpen its profile in this way. The research is strengthened by cooperation with internationally leading universities and research centres. Examples of particularly successful facilities in recent years are the founding of the Hannover Technical Production Centre and the Hannover Laser Centre.


Institute of Integrated Production Hannover (IPH)

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is leading nationally and internationally in the field of Production Technology. The Hannover Centre for Production Technology is the new competence centre of Leibniz Universität Hannover. It combines science and industry in an open centre of institutes and industrial companies.

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Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH)

On June 20, 1986 the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) was founded under the patronage of the German State Ministry of Trade, Industry, Technology, and Transportation in Lower Saxony. The institution’s legal form is that of a registered association. The association’s main task is to support applied research in laser technology on a non-profit basis. The LZH is involved in: R&D projects in the field of laser development and laser applications; Technical and scientific consulting to link research and practice; Industry-oriented training of experts for applying and operating laser systems. The close cooperation between production engineers, materials scientists, and physicists makes it possible that interdisciplinary solutions are found in all fields of laser applications.

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Laser Akademie GmbH (LZH)

The LZH offers in collaboration with scientists from Leibniz Universität Hanover seminars and workshops for professional training in the area of laser, process and materials technology as well as vocational training in other specialised fields to become a "Laserstrahlfachkraft". Leibniz Universität Hannover is an associate of the Laser Akademie which was founded as a new company by the LZH (see above).

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edacentrum e.V.

The edacentrum e.V. is an independent association dedicated to the promotion of research and development in the area of electronic design automation (EDA). Its main role is to initiate, evaluate and supervise industry driven EDA R&D projects. Furthermore, by encouraging cluster research projects and EDA networks, it bundles and reinforces the EDA expertise of universities and research institutes. The edacentrum actively engages in public relations in order to sensitize higher management levels, the public and the political arena about the central importance of design automation in solving system and silicon complexity problems in microelectronics.

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Institut für Solarenergieforschung Hameln

The activities of the Institut für Solarenergieforschung Hameln focus on photovoltaics and solar thermal systems. In these fields it offers scientific services for research and industry. Research is done in own laboratories and on the large outdoor areas. Moreover we offer the organisation of scientific seminars and workshops

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Deutsches Zentrum für Fahrzeugkomponenten und -systeme (ZfKS)

The competence and management centre of automation technology advises on questions concerning carriage and component construction, power train engineering as well as control engineering and motor management.

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Research Highlights:


Biomedical engineering

Biomedical engineering is founded on the fundamental principles of the engineering sciences and links the various disciplines at the interface between medicine, technological studies and biological sciences. Drawing on physics, engineering and information technology, it investigates the way in which the body and its organ systems work. New diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are developed and research is carried out into developing equipment for clinical application. In this way, findings made in biomedical engineering allow - for example - intervention in cellular processes or isolation (for further analysis) of individual cells and cell organelles from individual vital cells with especially promising attributes.

Solutions devised on the basis of analysis, modelling and the simulation of living systems are applied in research and in developing solutions to problems encountered in current medical practice.

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Gravitation physics

The GEO600 project aims at the direct detection of gravitational waves by means of a laser interferometer of 600 m armlength. Gravitational waves are extremely small ripples in the structure of spacetime caused by astrophysical events like supernovae or coalescing massive binaries (neutron stars, black holes). They have been predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916, but not yet directly observed.

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The Laboratory of Nano and Quantum Engineering is an interdisciplinary research center of the Leibniz Universität Hannover in the field of nanotechnology. Substantive goals are both excellent basic research as well as application-oriented engineering at the nanoscale accompanied by appropriate cross-disciplinary training. In particular, the research focuses on nanoengineering, quantum engineering, nanoelectronics, and nanomaterials. Nanotechnology projects can be carried out successfully almost only in cooperation of various disciplines. This interdisciplinary approach is pursued with currently 30 work groups from five science and engineering faculties. The Laboratory of Nano and Quantum Engineering operates a research building of the same name (in accordance with Article 91b of the German Basic Law), with laboratories, offices, and especially a large research cleanroom. The Laboratory of Nano and Quantum Engineering is leading the interdisciplinary Bachelor and Master study program "Nanotechnology" and continues the interdisciplinary training with the Lower Saxony PhD-programme “Hannover School for Nanotechnology” at the doctoral level.

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Biomolecular Drug Research

The Center of Biomolecular Drug Research (BMWZ) is a Research Center within the Leibniz University of Hannover, which hosts currently 9 research groups from Chemisty and Biology. By target oriented interdisciplinar basic research in collaboration with clinical and application oriented research partners an integral concept of drug research in Lower Saxony shall be realized.

A close collaboration with researchers from the Medical University and Veterinary University of Hannover as well as with the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig forms a unique research network in the field of drug research in Germany.

A special aim of the BMWZ is the education of young scientists. In this context two new study courses have been created, which reflect the strong interdisciplinarity within the BMW: the Bachelor-/Master of "Life Science" and the Master of "Natural Products Chemistry."

In the field of Graduate Education the international graduate program "New Drugs-Chemical Tools for Medicine and Biology" is presently in preparation.

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