A Revolution in Medical Diagnosis

Brigitte is a cfaed member of the first hour. „I fondly remember the spirit of enthusiasm when we first came together and developed the unique interdisciplinary ‚More-Shots-on-Goal‘ approach of cfaed“, the Professor for Organic Chemnistry of Polymers says. Since 1997, she holds the Chair at Technische Universität Dresden in a joint appointment with the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF), and since 2002, she is also Scientific Director of the IPF. „It is a particular challenge to work with top scientists from different faculties as well as from non-university institutions and to follow a common vision.“ The 50-year-old scientist has some previous experience with the German Excellence Initiative: she is also Principal Investigator of the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden – CRTD.

Within cfaed, Brigitte is Co-Leader of the Chemical Information Processing (CIP) Path, but she is also involved in the Organic/Polymer Path. „I am developing a new polymer bi-sensitive hydrogel actuator as base material for the chemical chip which takes over the on/off function of a logic circuit“, she explains.

„Thanks to cfaed, I got much more inspiration from other areas of science for my research. Especially the interaction within the CIP Path and towards the Orchestration Path to create a chemical processor is completely new.“ On the chemical circuit, thousands of small elements pump, dose and mix liquids, make chemical experiments and take decisions, only navigated by special chemicals. The processing power of these circuits is enormous.

„Chemical information processing is completely different to electronic information processing. Chemistry is the base of information processing of the human being“, Brigitte says. „It is much more powerful than a standard computer.“ By understanding chemical information processing, difficult questions may be addressed, e.g., of the industry for optimizing a new technical process or for complex and quick medical diagnoses.