Sensor technology and diagnostics
New developments in medical technology are becoming increasingly complex and must satisfy numerous requirements for durability and patient comfort. Novel materials and components with integrated electronics and memory chips are increasingly being utilized in these applications. Sensors fulfill a wide range of tasks: from the transmission of information, for example during a medical procedure, to autonomously monitoring in vivo medical devices by means of integrated, biocompatible as well as biodegradable sensor technology. In addition to use in human environments, the demands placed on sensor technology used in industrial environments are also subject to constant change: new measurement parameters, online process control as well as ever higher requirements for resolution and sensitivity are driving research activities in many directions. On the one hand, sensors serve to monitor hygienic conditions, such as found in food production processes, but also to monitor various process parameters, like classic pH measurement. In addition to greater research and technological requirements, limitations in size and price are also factors gaining in influence. As a result, a multimodal sensor technology test bed named "SensBio"has therefore been established at the Fraunhofer FEP for testing and verifying its own sensors developed in house. In the future, this test bed will be supplemented by bioreactor processes on both laboratory and semi-industrial scales for investigating issues involved in scaling processes up.