• Technology Fields

    The TZDO is focusing on pioneering technology activities of science and industry in the Dortmund region.


The area of bio-medicine is widely acknowledged to be one of the growth markets of the century. In its capacity as an interdisciplinary field of expertise biomedicine links contents and questions on experimental medicine with the methods of molecular biology and cell biology. Molecular and cell-biological bases of life and its pathological changes form the core of the work.

The aim of bio-medicine is to scientifically investigate the causes of sickness in order to develop effective treatment and prevention. Proteomics covers research into proteoms – the sum total of all existing proteins in a cell under defined conditions.

The "BioMedizinZentrumDortmund" promotes the foundation of businesses to develop first-class technologies for commercial applications at the interface of bio-technology and microsystems techniques in combination with work on bio-information and medical information.

electronics /electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)

Electronics as a sub-area of electrical engineering deals with electronic circuits and the components used in these circuits. These include electron tubes, transistors, operation boosters and analogue digital transformers.

Ever more powerful and more compact developments in electronics make new applications and functions possible. The research undertaken at the Centre for Construction and Communications Techniques mainly concentrates on the construction and production of printed circuits and wiring boards.

Resistance to jamming by electro-magnetic signals in equipment and plants is ensured in the competence centre for electromagnetic compatibility. The centre provides EMC services independent of manufacturers and concentrates particularly on the areas of vehicles, industry and rail.

logistics /material flow

Logistics ensures the availability of goods and information. It comprises the total material flow starting at the supplier and ending at the delivery of the products to the customer. This includes waste disposal and recycling. Transport and storage as bridging processes in space and time have traditionally been at the centre of logistics.

Dortmund is one of the leading addresses in Europe for logistics. Over 600 logistics firms employ more than 20,000 people here. The close vicinity of logistic businesses in the TZDO to the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics, to the university with its course in logistics and other courses relevant to logistics, to polytechnics and a huge number of other institutions, enables business firms to cooperate very closely with science.

In addition the so-called "e-port-dortmund" is a centre for business startups and competence in "e-logistics". This area specialises in electronic internet trading.

engineering (robotics, material techniques, quality assurance)

Engineering uses the physical laws of mechanics and thermodynamics to construct and simulate technical plants. Because of increasing automation contemporary technical plants are equipped with complex measuring and control techniques.

Quality assurance plays a major role in the manufacture and use of technical plants. Material techniques deal with studies on materials under specific environmental conditions, and conduct research into new materials. Robotics is a scientific discipline which deals with the development of industrial robots and service robots.

The "Robotik- und AutomatisierungsZentrum Dortmund (RACe)" is a competence centre which is developing a regional cluster in the robotics and automation sector. Furthermore a new Centre for Production and Manufacturing Technology will be completed in 2008.



micro-systems technology

Micronics, also known as microstructure techniques, is concerned with producing bodies and structure in the area of micrometry. If structural sizes are less than 100 nanometers, we speak of nanotechnology. If the integration of mechanical, optical or (bio-)chemical components is in the foreground, instead of speaking about micronics, we speak of microsystems technology.

Microsystems technology (MST) is a market with one of the highest rates of growth in the world. It has long since left the laboratory stage, and is now used in serial production. Dortmund is one of the largest centres of micronics in Europe. The comprehensive MST cluster in Dortmund comprises business firms, scientific institutions, training and educational associations, investors and four competence centres.

The "Zentrum für Mikrostrukturtechnik" offers the serial production of components and systems to match the specific needs of customers. Because its infrastructure is close to economic realities the "MST.factory Dortmund" is able to promote small and medium-sized business and startups. The "Zentrum für Aufbau- and Verbindungstechnik" supports small and medium-sized companies in the areas of silicon, sensor and microsystems techniques. There is also the "BioMedizinZentrumDortmund" which works in the area of biomicrostructure techniques.


software /telecommunications /multimedia

Information Technology (IT) deals with the development and provision of computer systems needed in the business sector. The branch comprises hardware and software producers, systems developers, traders, service companies, data centres and data processing firms.

Telecommunication is responsible for transferring digital data and analogue communication via cable and radio. It includes telephone companies and other network operators and industrial suppliers.

Multimedia companies deal in the direct or indirect distribution of digital information via all forms of electronic media like the internet, DVDs, CD-ROMs, television and mobile phones.

In its capacity as a competence centre for the IT area, the "B1st SoftwareFactory" promotes new IT companies and startups on the road to independence.


environment technology

Environmental technology entails measuring pollutants and environmental damage on the one hand, and dealing with disposal, water, soil, noise and radiation protection, and the effective use of renewable energies on the other hand. It also includes concepts and technical measures to ensure environmentally friendly production, energy-saving measures and the reduction of emissions and waste.

The department of Environmental Technology at the University of Dortmund bundles the environmental technology elements of chemical technology. The department conducts research into optimising environmental technology components in power station and waste incineration processes, as well as optimising components for ensuring the cleanliness of air and water. Furthermore it develops tools for product and production-integrated environmental protection.

The Institute for Environmental Research initiates, supports and undertakes interdisciplinary research into environmental protection. The main areas of concentration are environmental chemistry and analytical chemistry, providing concepts for the ecological branch, and environmental economics and politics. Furthermore the institute offers services to enable the analysis of substances in soil and water.