Dilution Energy Systemsheat as liquid

2023 is promising to become a record summer - the third in a row. Have you ever wondered, if we there was a way to "store" all the excess heat from summer and use it in winter? This would help to drastically reduce carbon emission and constitute a novel form of energy storage system which may solve one of the most pressing problems of our time.

We think, we have a very good approach to providing such a "thermal battery" which we are developing in this project. This work is supported by a grant from the Vector Stiftung.



PerPetabyte - The perpetual petabytePerPetabyte

The aim of this project is to develop an eternal data storage solution, i.e., a data storage device which can hold up to 1 TB of data in write-once-read-many (WORM) fashion with a life expectancy of millions of years.

This project is supported by a grant from the Vector Stiftung.



ERC: "CaLA" Ttactab boardactileTab - Next-generation Tactile Displays

Within his project funded by the European Research Council in the framework of the ERC Consolidator Grant CaLA, the NeptunLab will harness novel microfluidic concepts for setting up large-scale tactile displays for the visually impaired.




IPROM characteristicImageIPROM - Interactive and Programmable Materials

Within the Zeiss Research Cluster Programme "Breakthroughs" the NeptunLab is part of the IPROM "Interactive and Programmable Materials" Cluster. The research focusses on novel printing techniques for multimaterial printing, sustainable materials for printing and photoactive resins.



3DPrintedGlass33D Printing and Rapid Prototyping of Fused Silica Glass

The NeptunLab has pioneered a novel technique for manufacturing intricate structures with micrometer feature resolution in fused silica glass. This work has been featured in our recent publication in Nature. This is an enabling technology for many areas in academia, industry and everyday life. Glass has been among the first materials mankind has used. However, it has largely remained ignored in the manufacturing revolution of the 21st century. Our work is about to change this.

Water on FluoroporFluoropor - Engineering the Lotus Effect 2.0

Within this project funded by the German Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Ministry of Education and Research) within the framework Vom Material zur Innovation (From Material to Innovation) a new class of highly fluorinated super-repellent and transparent polymer coatings are being developped. This new class of material referred to as "Fluoropor" can be used as a generic protective coating.

metalmoldRepMetalMold - Novel metal replication techniques

Within this project funded by the German Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energy (Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy) within the framework Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand (ZIM) new replication processes based on a rapid metal molding process patented by the Neptunlab will be developed and tested for high throughput injection molding.