• Measuring device Corneometer to determine skin's humidity © C + K electronic GmbH
    Measuring device Corneometer to determine skin's humidity © C + K electronic GmbH
  • Electron spin resonance spectrometer © Freiberg Instruments GmbH
    Electron spin resonance spectrometer © Freiberg Instruments GmbH
  • Control unit of a therapy instrument for the treatment of skin diseases © Asclepion
    Control unit of a therapy instrument for the treatment of skin diseases © Asclepion

Medicine

UV radiation is largely regarded with skepticism by the general public, or even associated with a negative image. There are constant warnings that the UV radiation as a part of sunlight leads to sunburn and is carcinogenic. Indeed, UVB radiation in particular can cause damage to the eyes and skin, making protective measures necessary.

On the other hand, UV radiation is useful for therapeutic purposes in terms of treating skin diseases or for the formation of vitamin D. Furthermore, the enormous importance of germ-killing UVC radiation for disinfecting instruments and the use of UV radiation for fluorescence excitation in many biomedical and forensic analysis methods must not be forgotten.

Due to their many advantages, UV LEDs make new, sometimes surprising applications possible in medicine. Hence, in the thematic field of Medicine, the partners are pursuing the common goal of establishing innovative, miniaturized UV technologies for biomedical sensors, diagnosis and medical therapy.

Research and development projects:
 

»Fundamental research on the use of UV LED-based fluorescence and reflectance sensor in dermatology

»Development and test of a miniaturized method for non-invasive determination of the sun protection factor of sun blockers for the human skin

»Dermatological narrow-band UVB phototherapy in combination with dosimetry

»Measurement of redox status in blood and skin by EPR spectroscopy under UV stress