Light for innovation: profile of the LZH

As an independent non-profit research institute for photonics and laser technology, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) stands for innovative research, development, and consulting. The LZH was founded in 1986 to conduct interdisciplinary research and development in laser technology, bringing together research and practice and training specialists close to the industry.

The interdisciplinary cooperation of scientists and engineers enables innovative approaches in various fields: from component development for specific laser systems to process development for laser applications, for example for medical technology or lightweight construction in the automotive sector. Currently, almost 200 people are employed at the LZH. The LZH is funded by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economics, Labor, Transport and Digitalization.

Our innovation fields stand for the future topics of photonics and laser technology. In these areas, we identify and initiate trends and thus contribute significantly to the further development of science, the economy, and industry.

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Our scientific network

Central to the success of the LZH is the close regional scientific network with universities in Lower Saxony and numerous renowned institutions. Participations in the clusters of excellence PhoenixD, QuantumFrontiers, and Hearing4all as well as in various Special Research Fields (SFB) such as "Tailored Forming", "Oxygen-free Production" and "Regeneration of Complex Capital Goods" distinguish the LZH. Furthermore, the LZH is a partner in (supra-)regional research institutions and research buildings and cooperates closely with universities and colleges in Lower Saxony.

Together with the Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover, the LZH has been supporting Lower Saxony companies to introduce, implement and further develop 3D printing in the project "Niedersachsen ADDITIV" since 2017. In addition, the successful collaboration with the Albert Einstein Institute in the development of laser systems for gravitational wave detection should also be highlighted.

 

Sauerstofffreie Produktion Regeneration komplexer Investitionsgüter Clausthaler Zentrum für Materialtechnik (CZM) TU Clausthal-Zellerfeld Laboratorium für Nano- und Quantenengineering (LNQe) Hannover Institut für Technologie (HITec) Leibniz Universität Hannover Produktionstechnisches Zentrum Hannover (PZH) Skalierbare Produktionssysteme der Zukunft (scale) Hannoversches Zentrum für Optische Technologien (HOT) TU Braunschweig Deutsches Institut für Kautschuktechnologie e. V. (DIK e. V.) Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e.V. (DIL) Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover (IPH) MPI für Sonnensystemforschung (AEI) MPI für Gravitationsphysik (AEI) Niedersächsisches Zentrum für Biomedizintechnik, Implantatforschung und Entwicklung (NIFE) Medizinische Hochschule Hannover Hearing4all QuantumFrontiers rebirth PhoenixD Tailored Forming

Spin-off companies

The LZH creates a substantial transfer between basic science, applied research, and industry. Small and medium-sized enterprises in particular, benefit from the LZH's research spectrum and range of services. In collaborative projects, they gain access to new technological knowledge, national and international networks, and public funding. Moreover, with the services offered by the LZH, the companies can compensate for the lack of R&D capacities.

The transfer of knowledge also includes the placement of bright minds in the industry and other research institutions. Thus, an extensive network has been created over time. To date, 18 successful spin-offs with a total of about 500 jobs have emerged from the institute.

 

4D Ingenieurgesellschaft für technische Dienstleistungen mbH
Innolight ist jetzt Teil der Coherent Group
MeKo Manufacturing e.K.
CAM Service GmbH
LZH Laser Akademie GmbH
Micreon GmbH
PHOTONS@WORK
Cutting Edge Coatings GmbH
Laseroptik GmbH
microLS GmbH
rapid product manufacturing GmbH
FiberBridge Photonics GmbH
LASER on demand GmbH
neoLase GmbH
Rowiak GmbH
H2B ist jetzt Teil der ROFIN-Group
Laser Produkt GmbH
Particular GmbH

Promoting young talent: Light for your future

The institute's efforts to promote young talent begin at school. Guided tours for school classes, school internships, participation in the IdeenExpo, and the annual Future Day give students an early insight into the exciting working world of a research institute. Afterward, it is possible to start at the LZH via classic vocational training and a voluntary scientific year, student research projects and theses, and student assistantships and internships. In the initial vocational training, the LZH cooperates with the local vocational school and thus also conveys laser technology to the future employees of small and medium-sized enterprises in the Hannover region.