Alfred Forchel obtained his PhD in Physics in 1983. From 1984 to 1990 he served as Head of the newly founded Stuttgart University Microstructure Laboratory, where he worked on semiconductor nanofabrication technologies and low dimensional physical effects.
In 1990, he was appointed full Professor of Applied Physics at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, where he set up a micro/nanofabrication facility including III-V semiconductor epitaxy and other nanofabrication tools for research on photonic devices focussing on quantum well and quantum dot lasers as well as on structures for fundamental studies of light-matter interaction effects.
In 2009 and 2015, he was elected President of Julius-Maximilians-Universität, a position he held until spring 2021.
Johannes Koeth holds a PhD in physics from Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, where he specialized in the fields of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and semiconductor lasers.
In 1998, he founded jointly with Alfred Forchel nanoplus Nanosystems and Technologies in order to supply industrial customers with high quality sensing lasers. nanoplus developed very dynamically as indicated by the foundation of production sites in Gerbrunn, near Würzburg, and Meiningen, as well as a sales and device test office in Boulder, Colorado.
Sensalight Technologies extends the success of nanoplus towards large-volume applications as well as towards systems for sensing of liquid and solid trace components.