Lewinski Group at Hannover Messe 2017

In May 2017 Lewinski Group members were participating in Hannover Messe 2017 – one of the most important events taking place yearly to exchange new technology and propagate innvoations in Europe.

The history of Hannover Messe dates back to the 1940s. After Second World War the military government in the British-U.S. bi-zone argued that only increasing export could be a suitable way of overcoming economic devastation. Despite the extremely dire conditions in the Germany, the country resources should be organised and the exportation of quality goods should start. That British initiative resulted in organizing the first Export Fair despite initial objections and skepticism of Germans. First Export Fair was initiated in 1947 in Hannover.

In 2017, for the first time in seventy years of Hannover Messe history Poland became a partner country and active participant in organising that event. Area dedicated for Polish standpoints exceeded 1.600 square meters and were divided into specific zones. Poland Central Pavilion promoted eleven industries such as Solaris Bus&Coach, Ursus Bus, H. Cegielski-Poznan, and smaller rapidly growing companies such as Zoltrax or Saule Technologies. Also eight voivodeships were displaying their economical, educational and technological advantages.Moreover, Polish Research and Development zone was organized under the sign of SciTech Poland and twenty seven innovative and ground-breaking technologies were exhibited from many universities, research institutes, start-ups and companies.

Lewinski Group at Hannover Messe 2017. Photo: Michal Ozdoba

Delegations from Institute of Physical Chemistry of Polish Academy of Science had a great opportunity to present scientific achievements during Hannover Messe 2017. The following areas were represented:
• Mechanosynthesis of halide perovskites for photovoltaics;
• High quality zinc oxide (ZnO) Quantum Dots for emerging advanced technologies;
• Ultrafast mode-locked laser using nonlinear polarization evolution in polarization maintaining fibers.

These three technologies made big impression and triggered interest of visitors from all over the world. Delegations had a chance to host representatives of big companies (e.g. Huawei Technologies), universities (e.g. University of Freiburg, University of Ulm), research institutes (e.g. Leibnitz Institute for New Materials), start-ups and founding boxes, which were interested in starting co-operation with Institute of Physical Chemistry and especially with the Lewiński Group. These gathered contacts open the way for very promising collaboration inside and outside of Poland.

Polish Prime Minister, Beata Szydło, and Polish Minister of Science, Jarosław Gowin, visiting the IChF PAN stand at Hannover Messe 2017. Photo: Wojciech Marynowski

Presentations about the mechanosynthesis of halide perovskites for photovoltaics given by Marcin Saski and Michał Terlecki were a great opportunity to advertise the GOTSolar Project, funded by European Union programme Horizon 2020. Also prominent research centres from different European countries, involved in that project, were portrayed to emphasize the scale of GOTSolar. Furthermore, there was also a chance to depict our Nanoxo start-up project during presentation of high quality zinc oxide quantum dots by Natalia Olejnik and Wojciech Marynowski. Also, there was a great chance to portray unique properties of zinc oxide quantum dots because of possible bio-medical imaging and relatively easy synthetic and functionalizing routes.

During Hannover Messe 2017, we gathered more than 50 contacts with representatives of various fields of scientific interests from all around world. We hope that our presence was noticeable and will bring a lot of successful co-operations in the near future on the industrial and also scientific fields.

Text: Wojciech Marynowski