Projects Group Lang

To find out more about past and current project work, please follow the links below. 



smartCAST – digital castings with condition monitoring for autonomous vehicles

In the course of the "smartCAST" project, piezoresistive sensors are being developed for direct embedding in safety-relevant aluminum components in autonomous vehicles. The integrated sensors are intended to monitor critical loads and identify imminent component failure at an early stage.


Tuna Defrosting

Defrosting is one of the most critical steps in the logistics and processing chain of tuna. A sensor system will enable optimal defrosting by thawing the fish down to the core without an unnecessary increase of the surface temperature and thus avoid quality losses.



Development of a xenon-capable application device for innovative therapy and anesthesia treatment strategies.



FASAN: Antenna-structure for the realization of wireless sensor networks in fibre-metal-laminates

Subject of the IMSAS project „FASAN“ is the wireless power provision for newly developed sensors for structural health monitoring (SHM) in fibre-metal-laminates (FML), as well as the wireless data acquisition of those sensors.

Dichtung II

Smart Seal II - Dichtung II

Aim of the project is condition monitoring of Elastomer-sealing with integrated pressure sensors.


Read Set

The aim of project READSET (Reproduzierbare Applikation von drahtloser Sensorik in technischen Textilien für Faser-Kunststoff-Verbundbauteile auf Basis passiver RFID-Sensortags‘, i.e. ‘Reproducible application of wireless sensor tags onto technical textiles for fibre reinforced plastics, using passive RFID technology‘) is to develop a wireless, material integrated sensor node (often referred to as ‘sensor tag’)  for data acquisition inside a fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) component. Additionally, a system for automatic placement of the sensor node during FRP production is to be developed.

Proben Hermimplant


The longevity of existing flexible neuroimplants is very limited. During the course of the project Hermimplant layer systems will be tested, that can enhance the longevity of electrode structures, in order to make long-lasting application in humans possible. 

Intelligentes Werkzeug

Smart Tool - Intelligentes Werkzeug

The aim of the project is to equip a conventional progressive stamping die with sensors to monitor process parameters such as cutting and bending forces, cutting speed as well as bending angles. In order to identify tool wear and defective components at an early stage in the production process, the sensor data is analyzed by a network attached microcomputer.


Monitoring dehumidifying of buildings damaged by water - Project "Baufeuchte"

Different sensor technologies for measuring the moisture content in building materials will be evaluated, developed and tested. Sensor information will be used to monitor drying equipment after water-induced damages. 

Funktionale Additive Fertigung

Functional additive fabrication of simple sensor systems

The additive fabrication of objects with electrical or magnetic functionality is still a challenge especially for smaller dimensions. We combine different 3D and screen printing techniques to showcase the possibilities of printing custom sensor elements and ‘smart’ parts in a simple way.

temperature chart


Within the scope of the project, a long-term stable combustible catalytic micro gas sensor will be developed for detecting hydrogen of very low concentration. Metalic nanoparticles linked by organic ligands will be used as catalysts. Long-term stability will be earned by creating a homogeneous temperature field on a catalytic layer by optimizing the design of the microfabricated sensor. Along with long-term stability, the sensor will have low power consumption, high sensitivity, low response time and low cross sensitivity. The Project LIGAND is funded by the DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.


SINA – Sensorintegration in Aluminium Cast

Project „SINA“ Sensorintegration in aluminum cast - piezoresistive sensors for the direct integration in aluminum cast will be developed. Integration taking place during the casting process produces a shape connection between sensor and component which allows the measurement of strain directly at the relevant place in the component.



Testing for impermeability and detection of leaks play an important role in the construction and installation of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems and other kinds of equipment. In cooperation with the company ZILA GmbH from Suhl, IMSAS develops a sensor module which can be used for testing HVAC systems and gas pipe systems for leaks.

apples with sensor

COOL: Flow sensor based air management in fruit and vegetable storage

In the research project, COOL - flow sensor based air management in fruit and vegetable storage' researchers pursue a novel approach to optimize cooling ventilation. Their aim is to allow energy savings of over 20% and to improve the quality preservation of the stock.


Fiber & Flow

In cooperation with Faserinstitut Bremen e.V.  the FWBI does research on the development of very small pressure sensors for use in fiber reenforced composites. The sensor system will be applied for production control of thick  compostie elements in infusion and autoclaving. FWBI produces prototypes and Faserinstitut is embedding the prototypes. The sensorsystem should not change fundamentally the production process (infusion) nor the mechanical properties.

Fiber and Flow website Friedrich-Wilhelm-Bessel-Institut

SFB Prozessignatur

SFB Prozesssignaturen

The project is a part of the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre SFB/TR/TRR 136. The Universities of Bremen, RWTH Aachen and Oklahoma State University, Stillwater (USA) are cooperating. The subproject entitled ‘’In situ measurement of mechanical and thermal material loads’’ aims at measuring material deformation and temperature change during manufacturing processes with very high resolution. The measurement will be done using material integrated thin-film sensors that will be fabricated at IMSAS.

sensors for networks for structural health monitoring

Wireless SHM - Wireless sensors / sensor networks for structural fiber health monitoring

The FWBI  Friedrich-Wilhelm-Bessel Institute  is working under the direction of Prof. Lang in collaboration with the FASER Institute e.V. on the project "Wireless sensors / sensor networks for structural fiber health monitoring (SHM) of fiber reinforced composites by means of Lamb waves" short "Wireless SHM".


Completed Projects


InAuKa II - Development of novel multi-contact floating microelectrodes for the neuroscience

InAuKa - “Interareal phase coherence as a mechanism for attention-dependent neuronal signal routing: A model-guided causal analysis using new, multi-contact floating silicon probes for intracortical chronic stimulation and recording in primates”.

The project works on characterizing basic dynamic properties while processing visual stimuli in the brain and on developing realistic models for mechanisms taking place. The project’s results are essential for the development of visual neural prostheses, which enable patients with complete blindness to have a visual sensation.


ProWaChip – BioProzesswasserchip

The ProWaChip project will develop a Bio-Chip for fast, on-site detection of bacterial contamination in drinkable and industrial water, whose detection principle is based on a high-specific hybridization reaction taking place within the microfluidic chip. The BioChip performs both the lysis and analysis of bacterial RNA in a single substrate. The BioChip will be developed to produce “On-line”, “in-situ” detection of two indicator bacteria (E. Colli and L. pneumophila), technique which constantly monitors the process water of industries, such the sugar production, and becomes functional in drink water systems in combination with AGIL-equipment.




Using measurement, modeling and feedback control of dynamic forces in order to reduce wind turbines' dynamic forces.

The service lifetime of wind energy plants is diminished by strong alternating loads, which are caused by turbulences in wind flow. In future systems improved control algorithms will have to be used, in order to reduce alternating mechanical loads. This requires instant sensory information about a change of flow. The project ReDynForce is funded by AiF and investigates the possibility to implement acceleration sensors into the rotor to get this sensory information right at the beginning of an increased energy input. Based on this information an innovative control strategy will be developed at the FWBI under the direction of Prof. Orlik. 




In the project „Kammsensor“ an ultrathin (a few microns) dielectric sensor will be developed to monitor the product life-time of fiber reinforced plastics parts. For this task, the sensor will be embedded in the composite. The focus is on the curing process of the resin which can be measured on-line with this method. Due to the small size the sensor can remain in the composite without disturbing the material’s properties which make it possible to use the sensor also for structural health monitoring.

Intelligente Dichtung
[Translate to English:] O-Ring mit integriertem DMS [1]

Intelligente Dichtung

Elastomerdichtungen finden in vielen Bereichen der Industrie (z.B. Hydraulik, Druckluft) aber auch im Anwenderbereich (z.B. Auto, Wasserleitungen) Verwendung. Obwohl es sich bei Dichtungen um relativ kleine, kostengünstige und unscheinbare Bestandteile eines Systems handelt, kann ein Versagen oft großen Schaden anrichten. Dieses Projekt hat es zum Ziel, Sensoren in Dichtungsringe zu integrieren, um eine permanente Zustandsüberwachung dieser zu ermöglichen, so Ausfälle vorherzusagen und letztendlich zu vermeiden.

Zur website Intelligente Dichtung




The project AddSense is focusing on the local fabrication of sensor structures by additive manufacturing like printing, in order to build up material integrated sensors and thus sensorial materials.

Diagram In-Network

In-Network-Data Analysis of spatially distributed quantities

The In-Network-Processing project will start in January 2015. It is the second project following The Intelligent Container project. After a first project on mold/fungi detection, we now put the focus on In-Network-Processing. With this method we want to analyse spatial data, which have been captured by sensor networks.

Project Flyer



Joint Project MaUS - An Autonomous Microreactor System for Detection of Mold Contaminations

Group Vellekoop und Group Lang

The MaUS project aims at designing an autonomous sensor system for the detection of mold contaminations in archives and in food transport containers. In collaboration with four industrial partners, various mold detection methods based on optical, electrochemical, fluorescence principles etc. will be investigated. One novel way to design such an autonomous system is to automatize the traditional culturing techniques by integrating an air sampling unit.


Creative Unit „I-See das künstliche Auge“

Main objective of the Creative Unit (CU) I-See is the development of a cortical visual prosthesis. For this purpose the researchers of the CU plan to investigate the neurobiological bases of feeding elementary visual information into the visual cortex as well as to design a completely wireless implant. 

For more information please refer to the website: Creative Unit I-See 



InAuKa 1 -Development of novel multi-contact floating microelectrodes for the neuroscience

InAuKa - “Interareal phase coherence as a mechanism for attention-dependent neuronal signal routing: A model-guided causal analysis using new, multi-contact floating silicon probes for intracortical chronic stimulation and recording in primates”.

The project works on characterizing basic dynamic properties while processing visual stimuli in the brain and on developing realistic models for mechanisms taking place. The project’s results are essential for the development of visual neural prostheses, which enable patients with complete blindness to have a visual sensation. mehr »


Saphir - Von der Silizium-Mikroelektronik zur nanophotonischen Informationsverarbeitung

Das Projekt erarbeitet Basistechnologien für den Übergang von der klassischen Silizium-Mikroelektronik zur photonischen Informationsverarbeitung.


KatSense – Katalytische Gassensoren

Im Rahmen dieses Projektes wird ein katalytischer Mikrogassensor entwickelt, welcher sich besonders durch einen geringen Leistungsverbrauch, eine kurze Ansprechzeit, eine hohe Empfindlichkeit und eine verbesserte Langzeitstabilität auszeichnet. Dies wird u. a. durch die Verwendung höchstporöser, auf Nanopartikel basierender Katalysatoren erreicht, welche durch organische Netzwerkbildung (Liganden) stabilisiert werden.


Flexible Thermoelectric Flow Sensor

Flexible Thermoelectric Flow Sensors

Based on an existing approach, the Microsystems Center Bremen (MCB) develops a thermoelectric flow sensor on a 10 μm thick polyimide foil. The result is a new thermal flow sensor on a thin film substrate which can be easily integrated into different shaped surfaces. The first prototype has been developed at the MCB. (PDF)

Thermischer Strömungssensor

Thermal Flow Sensor

The Microsystems Center Bremen (MCB) develops thermal flow sensors based on a new high-temperature fabrication process. The key advantage of this new fabrication process is a high-temperature LPCVD (Low-Pressure Chemical Vapour Deposition) passivation layer that makes the sensor superior for liquid applications, such as in hydraulic systems, or for medical and biological sensing. These flow sensors are also excellent for measuring gaseous flow in pneumatic systems or for wind-speed measurement devices.



Intelligenter Container

„The Intelligente Container"

Website of the intelligent container

Kabellose Medizintechnik

Wireless medical technology

More information - only on the German website.

drawing of microcanal

Entwicklung von Nanosensoren zur Überwachung von Nahrungsmitteln

Gerade für den Entwurf und die Entwicklung mikrofluidischer Systeme bieten sich eine Vielzahl von Anwendungen an, hauptsächlich im Bereich der Biotechnologie. Der besondere Vorteil der Miniaturisierung liegt in den notwendigen geringen Probevolumina (Nano- bis Mikroliter), um Untersuchungen des biologischen Materials, wie z.B. Zellen, Viren oder Bakterien durchführen zu können.

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Entwicklung eines mechanisch hoch belastbaren Drucksensors für Bauteile mit Kontaktbeanspruchung

Die Überwachung verschiedener Betriebsparameter (Health Monitoring) ist heute schon ein wichtiger Bestandteil beim Betrieb von Anlagen und Geräten. In diesem Projekt wird untersucht, in wie fern Dehnungsmessstreifen in die Lauffläche von Wälzlagern eingebettet werden können, um Dehnungen und Spannungen im laufenden Betrieb messen zu können. Als Einsatzgebiet sind Lager in Offshore-Windkraftanlagen denkbar oder allgemein hochpreisige Lager, deren Wartung, Austausch und Ausfall kritisch sind.

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