Enrica Theuke

Enrica Theuke joined Fraunhofer IZM in May 2023 and is part of the RealIZM blog team. She assists with writing blog articles, researching various topics, and preparing and conducting interviews. For that she can refer to her studies in Cultural Science and Gender Studies, which she is currently completing at Humboldt University in Berlin, as well as her bachelor's degree in Industrial Design from the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal.

RIS technology: A gamechanger for overcoming 6G challenges

The 6th generation (6G) is the next step on the path to future mobile communications standards. The introduction of high-frequency bands such as the D-band (110 – 170 GHz) should enable even faster data transmission. However, using the subTHz range…

Repair instead of discard: New test method for standardized assessment of electronic products lifetime

In recent years, the amount of electronic waste in the EU has risen sharply. Short product lifetimes and insufficient consumer information about the repairability of products contribute to the premature disposal of electronic equipment. The EU is trying to tackle…

Sustainable electronics made in Germany: The Green ICT Competence Center

RealIZM blog series »Green ICT« – Part 3 In 2022, the Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) set up the »Green ICT @ FMD« competence center as a central point of contact for companies, SMEs and start-ups concerning »sustainable electronics«. Fraunhofer…

Fraunhofer IZM study shows trend reversal in the demand for electricity in Germany’s ICT sector by 2033

RealIZM blog series »Green ICT« – Part 2 There are currently signs of a trend reversal in the demand for electricity in ICT. According to calculations carried out by Fraunhofer IZM, the annual demand for electricity in ICT is rising…

Expert knowledge, just a click away: training videos on green electronics

RealIZM blog series “Green ICT” – Part 1 How do you present the complex topic of the environmental impact of electronics to a broad audience without compromising in terms of scientific credibility? How did researchers at Fraunhofer IZM come to…

Challenges and opportunities: The road to more recycled plastics in electronics products

Little to no recycled plastics are used in the making of high-end electronic devices or electrical appliances (EEE), such as computers, refrigerators, and smartphones. At the same time, these products are among the fastest growing waste categories. How can the…

E-pills: A new approach to diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal conditions

The gastrointestinal tract is of great importance to our health and wellbeing, but many patients are wary about the endoscopic exams that they often associate with considerable discomfort. And indeed, in many cases, the current methods require general anesthesia and…

E-MERGENCE: How electronics in fashion can reduce stress and support epilepsy patients

Mental health is an issue that is increasingly on the radar for many people, including people suffering from epilepsy, for whom many everyday situations can bring completely new challenges. Researchers believe that aid may come in the form of e-textiles….

Maintenance for Industry 4.0: How Multi-Sensor Technology, AI, and Data Fusion Advance Machine Maintenance

RealIZM blog series: “Insights from iCampµs Cottbus” – Part 1 Getting sensor data and being able to process it in real time for control, maintenance, and servicing purposes is increasingly important for Industry 4.0 applications. As part of the BMBF-funded…

Training at Fraunhofer IZM: Research Jobs with Great Prospects

Most people can tell you what automotive mechatronics technicians – or more prosaically: car mechanics – or the service staff in a restaurant do. But many professions that play an essential role in research and even our everyday lives are…