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Project "PureEx" started

In November 2022, IFW Dresden in collaboration with Fraunhofer IZI Leipzig started the project “PureEx - Acoustofluidic processing of extracellular vesicles as biomarkers for minimally invasive atherosclerosis diagnostics”, funded within the BMBF framework goBioInitial (Phase 2 - Machbarkeitsphase). Within the project, our acoustofluidic cell and particle separation technique will be validated in lab settings and extended towards the isolation of liquid biopsy biomarkers.

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften in Dresden 2022 - Wir sind dabei!

Das SAWLab Saxony des IFW Dresden stellt wieder interessante Exponate aus der Welt der Mikroakustik aus - Wo? Natürlich zur Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften Dresden am 8. Juli 2022. Sei auch DU dabei!

SAWLab Saxony researchers awarded!

We are very proud to have received this years Innovation Award of the BioRegions Germany for our CleanPlasma technology, which was awarded at the German Biotechnology Days 2022 / Deutsche Biotechnologietage in May 2022.
The jury thereby emphasizes the relevance and potential of our development for automated preparation of blood plasma samples for liquid biopsy in the biotech market.

SAWLab Saxony hosted the 1st Face-to-Face meeting of the EU FET Open Project "SOUNDofICE"

For the first time, all the members of the consortium of the project have met personally in Dresden (Germany) between April 6 and 7 to celebrate the first face-to-face meeting. Until now, all meetings have had to be held online due to COVID-19. 

During the meeting, the researchers discussed the latest scientific results obtained in each of the workpackages and continue advancing in our main challenge: Developing a smart, energy-efficient, environmentally safe and autonomously operated de-icing procedure based on surface acoustic transducers integrated over large area substrates!

Project "CleanPlasma" started

In October 2021, SAWLab Saxony started the project “CleanPlasma - Automatisierte Blutplasma-Gewinnung für die medizinische Flüssigkeitsbiopsie”, funded by the SMWA based on a measure of the European Fund of regional Development (EFRE) and the European Social Fund (ESF). A microfluidic chip technology with high potential for use in medical technology has been fundamentally investigated at IFW Dresden and a first demonstrator has been developed on this basis. It enables the automated separation of biological particles from complex body fluids such as blood, urine and saliva with the aid of high-frequency sound waves (Surface Acoustic Waves SAW). The aim of this project is now to validate IFW's microfluidic technology for the efficient, automated and gentle purification of blood plasma from human whole blood under real laboratory conditions and for a variety of subsequent diagnostic procedures.

Upcoming: SAW Sensor & Actuator Symposium 2021 in Dresden

The international 'Surface Acoustic Wave Sensor & Actuator Symposium - SAW Symposium 2021' is a hybrid conference and will be held simultaneously at the Bilderberg Bellevue Hotel Dresden and online on October 14 and 15, 2021. The biennial symposium is dedicated to future SAW technology and related materials and is co-organized by SAWLab Saxony and Silicon Saxony.
The Dresden SAW Symposium brings together partners from science and industry to create a platform for sharing ideas and inspiration for innovative applications. Special topics are SAW-based sensors and actuators, which are key components for the modern industrial society, especially for Industry 4.0 and Smart Home.

Cutting edge SAW Research and Industry together in one place:

Innovationsforum "AMS - Aktive Mikrofluidische Separation" 23.-24.9.2021

Ziel des vom IFW Dresden iniziierten und vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung geförderten Innovationsforums AMS der Firma Innocentric GmbH ist es, Netzwerke zwischen kommerziellen Anbietern mikrofluidischer Technologien und Entwicklern innovativer diagnostischer und therapeutischer Verfahren auf Einzelzellniveau zu bilden und zu stärken, um qualitativ bessere, schnellere und kostengünstigere diagnostische Verfahren für die Medizin von morgen zu entwickeln.

Project "SAWScriptor" started

In April 2021, SAWLab Saxony started the BMBF-funded project "SAWScriptor - Der Aerosoldruckkopf auf Basis akustischer Oberflächenwellen" in close collaboration with Fraunhofer IWS Dresden under the funding scheme VIP+ (Validation In Production). The aim of the project is to apply our compact acoustofluidic aerosol generation platform developed in the recent years to the task of aerosol printing, and to validate the performance in different application scenarios together with our cooperation partners.

Project "ZePaRator" started

In January 2021, SAWLab Saxony started the BMWi- funded WIPANO project “ZePaRator - Zell- und Partikel-Separator für biomedizinische Anwendungen”. The aim of the project is to further develop our lab demonstrator for the user-friendly operation of mass producible acoustofluidic chips. Demonstrator and acoustofluidic chips will be adapted to current sample requirements of biomedical applications and tested and validated together with our cooperation partners in external labs.

Project "SOUNDofICE" started

In November 2020, SAWLab Saxony (as part of a consortium of 6 european partners) started the project "SOUNDofICE - Sustainable Smart De-Icing by Surface Engineering of Acoustic Waves", funded by the European Union under the scheme FET Open. The project is bringing together anti-icing specialists, materials scientists and engineers to test whether high frequency (MHz-order) surface acoustic waves can be used to remove ice from surfaces in a smart and sustainable way.

SAW Symposium 2020 postponed to fall 2021

Due to the evolving Covid-19 situation, we have to postpone the biennial SAW Sensor & Actuator Symposium (SAW Symposium) from this October to fall 2021. The well-known international SAW Symposium brings together partners from science and industry to create a platform for mediating ideas and inspiration to innovative applications.
Cutting edge SAW Research and Industry together in one place:

SAWLab Saxony in the Media

Dresden press reported again on SAWLab Saxony (Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten, July 6, 2020; in German). The newspaper article "Schallchips im Kampf gegen Krebs" was devoted to the vision as well as to the achievments of SAWLab Saxony as a competence & application center for Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) technology.
The full article (in German) with detailed background information is available here:

Project "MehrZAD" started

In July 2020, SAWLab Saxony started the technology transfer project “MehrZAD - Mikroakustischer Zerstäuber für Anwendungsrelevante Demonstrationen“, financed by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of its WIPANO funding framework. Within the project, our compact aerosol generator developed in the recent years will be further improved regarding its industrial manufacturability and design flexibility, and validated in real-world scenarios, e.g. for application areas such as mass-spectrometry, material deposition, inhalation therapy and olfactory sources.

Initiative "Zellekt" awarded with Science4Life Venture Cup

In the idea phase and in the concept phase of the 2020 Science4Life Venture Cup, our initiative “Zellekt” was awarded with this prestigious price. The advanced SAW-Acoustofluidics technology developed at the IFW Dresden / SAWLab Saxony allows efficient, automated and cost-effective separation of complex dispersions, including cellular media, based on industry-compatible microfluidic chips. As the sample does not require additional treatments, in particular no cell markers or beads, we aim to simplify cell separation and make it available for a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic applications. (read more)

SAWLab Saxony @ Werkstoffwoche Dresden 2019

On Thursday, the 19. September 2019, SAWLab Saxony will present its current research fields at the Werkstoffwoche Dresden. Feel free to visit us at the booth of the Materialforschungsverbund Dresden (MFD) e. V.

Project "BoostAcouSort" started

In August 2019, SAWLab Saxony started the IFW-funded research and technology transfer project "boostAcouSort - Innovative biomedizinische Anwendungen der SAW-basierten Akustofluidik" aiming at the identification of upcoming applications and the intensification of collaborations in the field of microaoustic single cell manipulation and integrated diagnostics based on advanced acoustofluidic chip technology.

Improved scientific methods

With new extraordinary scientific equipment dedicated to microacoustic research, we strategically extended our experimental capabilities. New methods available at SAWLab Saxony comprise:

  • High-temperature (RT to 900°C), ultra-high vacuum (10-9 mBar) biaxial stress measurement in thin films on anisotropic substrates (custom tool ANNE)
  • Long-term stable (up to several days), ultra-precise (down to 10 pm) surface vibration measurent (customized Polytec UHF 120)
  • High-speed (up to 600 kfps), high resolution (up to 1280x800 Px²) video recording (Vision Reseach Phantom VEO410L)

Project "SAWES" started

In 2018, SAWLab Saxony started the research project "SAWES - Fortschrittliche SAW-Sensortechnologie für zukunftsfähige Energiesysteme unter Einbeziehung drahtloser Transponder- und Kommunikationstechnik" together with two industry partners. The aim of the project is the development of key components for mobile, wireless SAW high-temperature sensors (>400°C) in the field of future-proof energy supply systems and energy efficient heaters for improved supervision, regulation and control of facilities and processes in industry, commerce and household.

Project "ChAMP" started

In October 2018, SAWLab Saxony started the research project "ChAMP - Chip-based Acoustofluidic Medtec Platform" dedicated to the development of a flexible, acoustofluidic Lab-on-a-Chip (LoaC) platform with high industry relevance. It is based on our recently developed technology for joint on-chip integration of microfluidic and active acoustic or electrical elements. This approach has already been used successfully for SAW-based aerosol generation and is now to be adapted to further microfluidic unit operations and modular fluidic circuits. We are convinced, that active acoustofluidic force fields provide a key technology in the development of devices for high-throughput, single-cell screening and individualized therapies.

SAW Sensor & Actuator Symposium 2018 in Dresden

The international 'Surface Acoustic Wave Sensor & Actuator Symposium - SAW Symposium 2018' took place with great success on October 1 – 2, 2018, at the Westin Bellevue Dresden, directly in the heart of Dresden, Germany. This biannual symposium is co-organized by SAWLab Saxony and Silicon Saxony. It brings together every two years partners from science and industry to create a platform for cross-pollination of ideas and inspirations towards innovative applications in the field of SAW technology, SAW based sensors and actuators which are key components for the modern industrial society especially for industry 4.0 and smart home.

For more details, please see

SAWLab Saxony welcomes the 15th collaboration partner

Being one out of three sections at the Faculty for Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science at the University for Applied Sciences Zwickau, the Leupold Institute for Applied Natural Science (LIAN) is now partner in the SAWLab Saxony Network. The research activities of LIAN comprise the areas of biomedical  engineering, laser measurements, microtechnology as well as vacuum and thin film technology.  SAWLab Saxony is particularly benefiting from the outstanding experience and know-how of the group in fabricating ultrathin films by atomic layer deposition.