Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)


The Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) is a senior technical and scientific Federal Institute under the authority of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. The mission of BAM is to improve safety and reliability in chemical and material technologies through research and development, testing, analysis and approvals, advice and information. Within the interconnected fields of materials, chemistry, environment and safety, the main responsibilities of BAM are: statutory functions relating to technical safety in the public domain; advising the Federal Government and industry on safety aspects; the development of methods for chemical analysis and materials testing; the development of standards and technical regulations for the evaluation of materials, structures and processes with reference to damage prediction and prevention, and environmental protection; enhancement of safety and reliability in chemical and materials technologies. In the area of standardisation, testing and quality assurance BAM is the competent national authority for accreditation and certification and is the national speaker for quality and testing. BAM is cooperating with numerous technical, legislative and standardisation bodies and represents the Federal Republic of Germany on international level.

The Division 8.6 Optical and Fibre Optic Methods of BAM has more than 20 years experiences in fibre optic technologies, including fibre optic sensors and specific procedures for optical, mechanical and environmental testing, as well as for durability investigations and validation of fibre optic sensors. The division has an extended knowledge with the development of fibre optic sensors based on both silica and polymer optical fibres for the monitoring of structures and materials with respect to their safe operation as well as for medical applications. The fibre sensor team has particularly international reputation for work on polymer optical fibre sensors. The main competences of the division are in the field of structural health monitoring by fibre optic sensors and in the development of new, high-performance materials and structures with embedded fibre optic sensors (smart composites, smart technical textiles). The fibre sensor team develops new and improved optical measurement and testing methods for investigation of reliability and operation stability of fibre optic sensors, performs validation of fibre optic sensors and develops guidelines and standards for them.


KaterinaDr. Katerina Krebber studied physics and received the PhD degree in electrical engineering. She has more than 17 years experience with the development of fibre optic sensors including distributed fibre optic sensors and polymer optical fibre sensors. Since 2004 she has been with the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin. At BAM she is head of the Division Optical and Fibre Optic Methods and leader of a number of RTD projects. She is an author and a co-author of more than 100 scientific publications including invited and keynote lectures at international conferences and patents.