Michael Kneissl, a semiconductor physicist at the Technical University of Berlin and partner of the Advanced UV for Life consortium, develops ultraviolet-light-emitting diodes that can neutralize bacteria and viruses in drinking water and on surfaces. Physics spoke to Kneissl about his work and about the advantages that LEDs have over other disinfecting methods in the war against germs.
The current health crisis, with COVID-19 pandemic is causing an extreme high demand for disinfection solutions. Among these, devices using UV-C radiation are experiencing renewed interest. There is a lot of communication on this subject, from press releases developed by industrial companies to articles in media.
Our partner ams OSRAM, together with PISEO and Yole, had the opportunity to share their vision on the latest UV developments and market evolution.
On July 19, 2021, a study from the consortium entitled "Skin tolerant inactivation of multiresistant pathogens using far UVC LEDs" was published in the journal "Scientific Reports", one of the most renowned scientific journals. The publication shows the results of the cooperation between Ferdinand-Braun-Institut gGmbH, Charité Berlin, Universitätsmedizin Greifswald and Technische Universität Berlin. The results are of great importance especially in times of ongoing and possible future pandemics. This publication demonstrates the high level of the consortium's work on UV LEDs and their application in medicine and disinfection.
Developing a high power SMD-LED application can be costly and time consuming. To accelerate this process, OSA Opto Light developed the OEM-080 single channel LED source. It combines a lot of useful options for the researcher or product designer. As a supplier of a wide spectrum of high power SMD-LEDs OSA Opto Light offers pre mounted LEDs on star for UVA (e.g. 400, 380 and 365 nm), UVB (325, 310 nm) and UVC (280, 270 nm ) applications.
On Thursday, May 20, 2021, the BMBF-funded consortium "Advanced UV for Life" offers an online thematic workshop on "UV LEDs - Technology, Applications and Perspectives".
Prof. Thomas Ortlepp reports in his lecture "UV-LED lamps with integrated digital control" on current project results from the joint sub-project with eesy-ic GmbH and OSA Opto Light GmbH of the joint project IC4UV. The aim of the sub-project is to control the light intensity of UV LEDs with low current ripple for maximum light output, optimum illumination and optimum cooling for long service life.
For the second time, ICULTA – the 'International Conference on UV LED Technologies & Applications’ – presented a forum for the UV LED community to exchange ideas and results on cutting-edge topics. The program of last week’s virtual event covered the most recent and novel developments in UV LED manufacturing, including applications in health care, environment and life sciences, curing, and metrology. A running theme in many of the sessions was the role of UV and UV LEDs to address Covid-19, in particular the disinfection of air and surfaces. Overall, the conference served to bring together the world’s foremost LED makers, users, and researchers in an environment that fostered an excellent and productive sharing of information.
The Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (FBH) presents current research results at the virtual ICULTA 2021. In particular, the reliability of UVB and UVC LEDs has been significantly improved – an important step towards their commercial use. FBH will also show irradiation systems that are already being tested in medical applications, for example, to combat multi-resistant pathogens on the skin.
ICULTA 2021 is getting closer – the forum for state-of-the art know-how and innovations in UV LED technologies and their multiple applications. From April 19 to 20, 2021, experts from all over the world will present and discuss latest results in UV LED development, irradiation systems based on UV LEDs as well as their use in industry and research. The conference and accompanying exhibition will be held online.
FBH and its partner TU Berlin have succeeded in significantly increasing the lifetime of its UVC LEDs to beyond 10,000 h by using AlN base layers of high crystalline quality. Crucial for this improvement is a reduction of the threading dislocation densities in the active region.
A novel LED irradiation system developed by the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut aims to kill microorganisms with ultra-shortwave UV light – without side effects. Dr Sven Einfeldt talks to HEQ about its potential implications.
With its investment in the California-based UV-C LED specialist Bolb Inc., Osram is further expanding its technological know-how of disinfection applications with UV-C light. The future cooperation between the two companies in the field of research will accelerate the industrialization of highly efficient and high-performance UV-C LEDs.
On the new UV-LED website of the Advanced System Technologies branch AST of Fraunhofer IOSB you will find the entire service portfolio of the institute: From UV-LED surface disinfection to UV-LED air disinfection and UV-LED water disinfection.
Service robots can help ensure that buildings and means of transport are cleaned and disinfected regularly and with consistently high quality. Since October 2020, twelve institutions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have been working on the development of new technologies for this field of application. Fraunhofer IOSB's Applied Systems Technology branch is developing a new type of UV-C LED surface emitter that can be used to disinfect specific areas such as door handles or elevator buttons.
Current global developments have increased attention to topics like disinfection and sterilization in medical environments with UV radiation, especially in the context of COVID-19 and UVC LEDs. ICULTA will discuss progress and innovations in the development of UV LEDs and their broad spectrum of applications. Three years after the first successful ICULTA conference, the follow-up event will be held from April 19 to 20, 2021. Talks by internationally recognized speakers have already been confirmed. To participate with oral or poster/slide presentations, a one-page abstract should be submitted by February 15, 2021.
After years of R&D and various research projects with leading partners in the industry and the scientific world, OSRAM OS introduces its first LED UV-C products in the low and mid power range.
The OSLON® UV series is designed to provide efficient UV-C radiation for but not limited to medical, home goods and consumer applications. It allows for flexible designs for various types of UV-C applications in the areas of air, water and surface disinfection and purification, as well as treatment or sensing. Design possibilities are endless, and range from point-of-use water treatment, automotive interior disinfection to air purification in portal devices or air conditioning systems.
The OSLON® UV 3636 series combines variable power output with a common footprint, high WPE (Wall Plug Efficiency) and lifetime in a robust design.
The ‘International Conference on UV LED Technologies & Applications – ICULTA’ is going virtual in 2021! Save the date for the online conference, April 19-20, 2021. In the proven manner, ICULTA will provide the opportunity for exchange and discussion of latest achievements in UV LEDs and their multiple applications including the area of COVID-19 pandemic.