Cluster of Excellence

Cluster of Exzellence with involvement of the Faculty


"Clusters of Excellence will enable German university locations to establish internationally visible, competitive research and training facilities, thereby enhancing scientific networking and cooperation among the participating institutions. [...] They should also create excellent training and career conditions for young researchers. In conjunction with the other two funding lines, i.e. graduate schools and institutional strategies to promote top-level research, clusters of excellence will help to increase Germany's attraction as a research location in the long term and improve its international competitiveness."

Source: DFG German Research Foundation


The last step in the federal excellence strategy was taken brilliantly. Three of the application drafts were approved:

  • QuantumFrontiers (Light and Matter at the Quantum Frontier: Foundations and Applications in Metrology) and
  • Phoenix-D (Photonics, Optics, and Engineering Innovation - Across Disciplines),
  • Hearing4All (Research for personalized treatment of hearing deficits) together with the MHH and Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg

Those cluster will be financed from 1st January 2018 onwards.

  • QuantumFrontiers

    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Karsten Danzmann, Prof. Dr. Piet O. Schmidt, Prof. Dr. Andreas Waag

    Light and matter at the quantum boundary: The scientists of the research network are working on new nano-scale measurement technologies. Basic physical units such as mass, length, and time should become more precise on this extremely small scale. The effects of quantum mechanics are used specifically to improve measurement accuracy. Experts from various fields of physics, astronomy, geodesy and geoinformatics, semiconductor research, circuits and integrated systems work together here.

    This basic research should provide the basis for many different innovations, such as improved earth observation and navigation. New material developments at the nanoscale should also be possible, as well as advances in semiconductor technology, which are the central component of almost all electronic devices. At QuantumFrontiers are besides the Leibniz Universität Hannover, the TU Braunschweig, the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt in Braunschweig, the Laser Zentrum Hannover eV, the Center for Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) in Bremen and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert- Einstein Institute) in Hannover involved.

    Please click here to get to the website of the cluster QuantumFrontiers.

  • Phoenix-D

    Speaker: Prof. Dr. Uwe Morgner, Prof. Dr. Ludger Overmeyer, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kowalsky

    Optical precision devices from additive manufacturing such as 3D printing quickly and cost-effectively: What sounds like a vision is the goal of the research group Phoenix-D ("Photonics, Optics, and Engineering-Innovation AcrossDisciplines"). Scientists from mechanical engineering, physics, electrical engineering, computer science and chemistry work together on the simulation, fabrication and application of optical systems. So far, optical lenses made of glass and the surrounding housing are made - often by hand - in several steps. The specialists of the different disciplines work in the research network on a digitized manufacturing system that can produce individualized products.

    The system opens up extensive possibilities in the application. In agriculture, for example, the use of chemicals against weeds on the field could be minimized. Thanks to the precision optics, a sensor can register the plants and detect weeds, which can then be purposefully destroyed with a laser. For this application, optical components in the production are so far too expensive. Even individualized optics for the medical sector is an application option. For example, a faster blood analysis for the diagnosis of diseases is possible. The Phoenix D initiative was launched by the Hannover Center for Optical Technologies (HOT). In addition to the Leibniz Universität Hannover, the TU Braunschweig, the Laser Center Hannover and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) Hannover, are involved.

    Please click here to get to the website of the cluster PhoenixD.

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The aim of the Hearing4all Excellence Cluster is to improve hearing in various fields of hearing aids and hearing implants - literally "hearing for all". The aim of the Excellence Cluster Hearing4all includes the improvement of diagnostics and care for the affected person with regard to personal hearing aids.

Duration: since 2012


The focus of the excellence cluster REBIRTH is interdisciplinary cooperation on questions within the field of regenerative medicine. Within more than 60 groups, therapeutic strategies for the heart, lung, liver and blood are being researched.

Duration: Since 2006


The main research areas of the cluster are quantum engineering and space-time research. Researchers from the fields of quantum optics, laser physics, solid state physics, gravitational physics, theoretical physics and geodesy work together interdisciplinary. After the support of the Cluster of Excellence has ended, QUEST was integrated into the QUEST Leibniz Research School, which has existed since 2009.

Duration: 2007-2012