With over 260 participants from 23 countries, ICULTA 2018 – International Conference on UV LED Technologies & Applications 2018 in Berlin was a great success for this first-ever conference on ultraviolet (UV) light emitting diodes (LEDs) and their multiple applications. "We are more than satisfied that ICULTA with its wide range of high-quality contributions has received such great interest," explains Prof. Michael Kneissl, co-chair of the conference and head of the Joint Lab GaN Optoelectronics, operated jointly by Ferdinand-Braun-Institut and TU Berlin. "We are particularly pleased about the high level of industry participation, as it shows how attractive UV LEDs are for industrial applications.” The event included presentations on cleaning and disinfection, industrial curing, and medicine. “The great success of ICULTA demonstrates the rapid advancement of UV LEDs, and wide range of solutions the technology has to offer,” says Oliver Lawal, President/CEO of Aquisense Technologies and President of IUVA, co-organizer of the event.
The aim of the conference was to bring together developers of UV LEDs and users from various application fields. "As we already did in our consortium 'Advanced UV for Life', we have succeeded here in doing so," affirms program committee chair Prof. Markus Weyers, head of the Materials Technology Department at Ferdinand-Braun-Institut. At the conference, users from a wide range of fields, from medicine and plant cultivation to analysis and sensor technology to plastics processing, intensively exchanged ideas. "These experts would otherwise probably have hardly met," adds Weyers. "Thus, many experienced this event as a great enrichment and took valuable impulses with them."
The 31 invited presentations and 33 contributed papers as well as the accompanying poster session dealt with advances in manufacturing technologies, current developments, applications and trends in UV LEDs.
Best Poster Awards
The prizes for the three best posters were awarded to Hans Bethge from Leibniz Universität Hannover for “Design and fabrication of a microcontroller based wireless LED-research module for application in in vitro culture labs”, Naoto Yabuki from Asahi Kasei Corporation on “UV spectral sensitivities of escherichia coli and MS2 phage measured with UVC LED water disinfection module”, and Frank Mehnke from TU Berlin about “AlGaN-based UV LEDs with emission below 230 nm”.
The conference was organized jointly by the German consortium ‘Advanced UV for Life’ and the ‘International Ultraviolet Association’.