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SAWLab Saxony
Helmholtzstraße 20
01069 Dresden

Your contact persons at IFW:

Dr. Siegfried Menzel
Phone: + 49 351 4659 214
Email: s.menzel (at)

Dr. Hagen Schmidt
Phone: + 49 351 4659 278
Email: (at)

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.

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We look forward to welcoming you at our upcoming event in Dresden!

SAWLab Saxony welcomes the 16th 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.

Industrial competence enhanced

As the 14th collaboration partner scia Systems joined SAWLab Saxony bringing in its competence regarding thin fim technology. Founded in 2013, the company is a well-known manufacturer of advanced ion beam and plasma processing systems, especially for Microelectronics, MEMS and precision optical manufacturing. Situated in the Technology Center of Chemnitz, scia Systems possesses a worldwide network of sales and service partners for individual customer support.

SAWLab Saxony presented acoustoelectronic solutions at the Innovation Days 2015

During the 4th Innovation Days – the meeting of the leading German research organizations and industries – the SAWLab Saxony presented its recent R&D progress. Thereby, emphasis was laid on acoustoelectronic devices for harsh environment, fluidic applications and wireless operation. The presented technologies included a miniaturized aerosol generator, microfluidic devices and radio-frequency identification and sensing devices.

Cooperate research of IFW Dresden and Monash University Melbourne / Australia offers new acoustofluidic perspectives

Alike the IFW-driven competence center SAWLab Saxony, the Laboratory for Microsystems (LMS) at the Monash University Melbourne investigates microacoustic devices  including such for acoustofluidic applications and their underlying physics. Now, a joint project under the “Australia – Germany Joint Research Co-operation” scheme of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and Universities Australia offers the chance to intensify this collaboration and to connect the expertises and technological capabilities in the field of acoustoelectronics. The biennial exchange project titled „Towards tailored acoustofluidics for the mass market“ starting in 2016 thereby focusses on the investigation of commercial viable acoustofluidic devices with tailored acoustic wavefields and unmatched accuracy.

Beitrag des BMBF zur SAWLab Forschung: "Das Besserthermometer"

Eine Temperatur zu messen, kann komplizierter sein als gedacht. Vor allem, wenn die zu messenden Orte besonders heiß oder schwer zugänglich sind. Die InnoProfile-Transfer-Initiative HoBelAB hat es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, dieses Problem zu lösen. 

The SAWLab Saxony welcomes its 13th collaboration partner!

The SAWLab Saxony, founded in December 2013, combines the research activities and expertise of the IFW Dresden in the field of acoustoelectronics with competences and skills of local research institutes, universities and high-tech companies. Thereby, the SAWLab strengthens the research and economic landscape of Saxony and especially of Dresden in the relatively young field of acoustoelectronics and its commercialization.

In August 2015, the chair for radio frequency (RF) and photonics engineering of the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Head: Prof. Dirk Plettemeier) of the TU Dresden joined the SAWLab to extend the competences of this research and application center to the field of RF antenna design and remote reader techniques up to the several GHz range. This is of special importance as the intended wireless interrogation of passive SAW devices enables their application on rotating or moving components even under harsh environments.

Successful status seminar on innovative materials for high temperature acoustoelectronic devices

The InnoProfileTransfer research project "Hochbelastbare akustoelektronische Bauelemente" (HoBelAB) is focused on power durable high-temperature material systems for Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) devices which can be applied e.g. as wireless sensors under harsh environments. This project continues to the former InnoProfile-project "Akustoelektronische Mikrofluidik" that was successful finished in 2013. The BMBF funds the HobelaB project over 5 years by around 1.2 million €. Industrial partners are small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), including SAW Components Dresden GmbH, Creavac Dresden GmbH and InnoXacs.

On 9th July 2015 the second status seminar of the project was performed under guidance of Dr. Hagen Schmidt and Dr. Siegfried Menzel and with 15 participants from scientific institutes and from industry. Scientific subjects of the seminar included the current state in research at IFW regarding the properties and temperature stability of novel piezoelectric substrates and of different high-temperature IDT finger electrode materials, high-temperature packaging and the SAW-based temperature sensor concept that can read out wirelessly.