What are the focal points of your professorship?
It’s in the name: energy efficiency of high frequency systems. That actually concerns the whole digital technology which accompanies us every day: in smartphones, computers and tablets. At the same time it’s about the the required materials, which we want to provide sustainably. We need to learn that electronic waste is a resource that will stay with us for the next 10 to 20 years.
What are the benefits of the cooperation between the University of Freiburg, INATECH and Fraunhofer IAF?
It generates an incredible amount of exchange. In this context 1 + 1 is definitely more than 2. We have state-of-the-art infrastructure at Fraunhofer IAF: clean rooms and laboratories that the university might not be able to afford. At the university we have great people from all over the world, which makes me especially happy. I’m looking forward bringing it all together. We can do great projects and also new things that we might not otherwise do at Fraunhofer.
What are the benefits for students and doctoral candidates?
The big advantage is that we can bring completely new and current topics into teaching. We can formulate master theses and doctorates. On the other hand, we can develop topics for the Fraunhofer Institute that go beyond the 3-year horizon. And we can do completely new things, e.g. the model system electronic waste that can help to form completely new disciplines between economics and engineering sciences.
What makes a good professor for you?
I think of people I didn't really like at university, but who I still remember today. These are people who thought very far ahead and were able to motivate us and teach us things that we might not have liked at the time. There are one or two where I would say: They have done great pedagogy and I still benefit from it today. If I can do something like that, I’ll be happy.
With the aim of advancing the development of innovative technologies in the field of efficient electronics at the University of Freiburg, Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Quay has been appointed to professorship for energy-efficient radio-frequency electronics at the Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering (INATECH). The professorship is made possible by the Fritz Hüttinger Foundation and the support of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF.