Analytical X-Ray Physics

Endowed Professorship "Analytical X-ray Physics"

Currently, 12 domestic and foreign companies in the field of X-ray technologies participate in the "Foundation for Analytical X-ray Physics". The purpose of this foundation is to secure and sustainably expand application-oriented research in analytical X-ray physics at the TU Berlin and to ensure a sound education of students in this field.

The establishment of an endowed professorship from funds of this foundation was initiated by the companies, the TU Berlin as well as the Technologiestiftung Berlin (TSB).

A special feature of this foundation is that it is supported by several donors, most of whom are among the so-called small and medium-sized enterprises. Normally, there is one founder, often a family-owned or large company. Here, however, companies, some of which are in competition with each other, have come together to support research and the training of young scientists in their field.

In 2007, the companies asked the Technologiestiftung Berlin to create the legal framework for their commitment. The TSB proposed the model of a consumer foundation without legal capacity, in which the donors could commit themselves for a limited period of time and with manageable financial resources. Agreements on the financing and duration of the foundation were concluded as early as 2008.

After a brief vote, the Berlin Tax Office for Corporations approved the establishment of the Foundation for Analytical X-ray Physics in December 2008. Since then, the foundation has been administered in trust by the Technologiestiftung Berlin.

The duration of the foundation was initially set at eight years (2009 - 2016). On this basis, Birgit Kanngießer was appointed to the endowed professorship "Analytical X-ray Physics" at the beginning of 2009 and the position was financed from the foundation's grants from 2012.

The methods developed in the Kanngießer group allow the non-destructive examination of very small material samples in the laboratory, which previously required large-scale facilities such as synchrotrons. Technical applications for this arise in wide fields, from catalysis research and life sciences to art historical and archaeological investigations.

Second phase of the foundation from 2017

At the end of 2014, the donor companies decided to continue their commitment for a further five years, from 2017 to 2021. The second phase of the Analytical X-ray Physics Foundation was therefore inaugurated at a ceremony in October 2016.

In addition to the President of the TU Berlin, Prof. Thomsen, and the Chairman of the Technologiestiftung Berlin, Mr. Zimmer, representatives of all donor companies were present. The research group Kanngießer and their scientific results were acknowledged, and the uniqueness of the foundation was emphasized, in which competing companies have come together to jointly support a university working group.

In addition, the open and motivating working atmosphere in the research group was also emphasized, which is indispensable for the training of committed and capable graduates.

Renewed endowments until 2026

The scientific quality of the working group once again prompted the donor companies to replenish the consumable assets of the Foundation for Analytical X-Ray Physics and to conclude the corresponding grant agreements.

This secures a term until 2026, and the TU Berlin and the AG Kanngießer are to receive an additional € 45,000 per year during this period. The Foundation for Analytical X-Ray Physics will thus provide a total of more than € 1.2 million to the TU Berlin for the purpose of the foundation until 2026 and thus promote research and training of young scientists at the Institute for Optics and Atomic Physics (IOAP) of the TU.

Stiftung Analytische Röntgenphysik: Gründung 2009 - 2016

company or donor and location (2009-2016)
AXO Dresden GmbH, Applied X-Ray Optics, Dresden
Bruker AXS GmbH, Karlsruhe
Bruker Nano GmbH, Berlin
GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies, Ahrensburg
Helmut Fischer Stiftung, Sindelfingen-Maichingen
IfG - Institute for Scientific Instruments GmbH, Berlin
Incoatec GmbH, Geesthacht
Prof. Dr. N. Langhoff, Berlin
Optigraph GmbH, Berlin
Panalytical BV, Almelo (Niederlande)
Panalytical Research Centre, Brighton (Großbritannien)
rtw RÖNTGEN-TECHNIK DR. WARRIKHOFF GmbH & Co. KG, Neuenhagen bei Berlin
SPECTRO Analytical Instruments GmbH & Co. KG, Kleve

Stiftung Analytische Röntgenphysik: Gründung 2009 - 2016

company or donor and location (2017-2021)
AXO Dresden GmbH, Applied X-Ray Optics, Dresden
BESTEC GmbH, Berlin
Bruker AXS GmbH, Karlsruhe
Bruker Nano GmbH, Berlin
Helmut Fischer Stiftung, Sindelfingen-Maichingen
Dr. Michael Haschke, Eggersdorf
Incoatec GmbH, Geesthacht
Optigraph GmbH, Berlin
Panalytical BV, Almelo (Niederlande)
Rigaku Innovative Technologies, Inc., Auburn Hills (MI, USA)
rtw RÖNTGEN-TECHNIK DR. WARRIKHOFF GmbH & Co. KG, Neuenhagen bei Berlin
SPECTRO Analytical Instruments GmbH & Co. KG, Kleve
VacuTec Messtechnik GmbH, Dresden

Stiftung Analytische Röntgenphysik: Gründung 2009 - 2016

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company or donor and location (2022-2026)
AXO Dresden GmbH, Applied X-Ray Optics, Dresden
Bruker AXS GmbH, Karlsruhe
Bruker Nano GmbH, Berlin
Helmut Fischer Stiftung, Sindelfingen-Maichingen
Dr. M. Haschke, Eggersdorf
Prof. B. Kanngießer, Berlin
Malvern Panalytical BV, Almelo (Niederlande)
Optigraph GmbH, Berlin
rtw RÖNTGEN-TECHNIK DR. WARRIKHOFF GmbH & Co. KG, Neuenhagen bei Berlin
SPECTRO Analytical Instruments GmbH & Co. KG, Kleve
X-Ray Scientific LLC, Middletown (CT, USA)

Location

Contact

Organization name Institute for Optics and Atomic Physics (IOAP)
Office EW 3-1
Room EW 346
Address Hardenbergstr. 36
10623 Berlin