Welcome to the KIT Center Materials in Technical and Life Sciences (MaTeLiS)

The challenges of the digital economy of the 21st century in the context of the forth industrial revolution require a constant development of new materials to enable new and challenging applications. The KIT Center Materials in Technical and Life Sciences integrates KIT research groups from the natural sciences, engineering and life sciences, which share a common interest in material research and in the development of new materials. The close cooperation between scientists from different disciplines creates a great potential for leading edge research in material sciences. The technological development requires continuous research into and development of new efficient materials for specific applications. 

In the KIT Materials Center, new materials and technologies are developed in a closed chain, from basic research to economic implementation, thanks to the integration of basic and application-oriented research. The development of nanostructured materials as well as the development of environmentally friendly technologies play a special role in the KIT Center. Furthermore, the integration of information-based approaches and modeling in the context of the digitalization of material sciences plays a growing, and increasingly important, role.

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The work of the KIT Materials Center covers five topics:
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Advanced Materials (Wiley/VCH) Special KIT-Issue

"Multidisciplinary Materials Research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)"

The KIT Special Issue contains a total of 27 publications by scientists from the KIT Materials Center, on a broad range of topics.

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MaTeLiS - Initiatives

DNA hydrogel IGB-1, KIT
Biomaterials Group
Materials device pool KIT, INT, RU Kübel
Materials Device Pool

Establishment of a KIT-wide device database in materials science.

Available on the intranet, accessible for KIT-employees only.

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Cryogenic microwave setup used for quantum device measurements. Photo: Qinu GmbH, qinu.de
Fundamental Equation for Superconducting Quantum Bits Revised
IAMT, KIT Minh Nhat Nguyen, Doktorand am IAMT, experimentierte mit einer Membran aus vertikal ausgerichteten Kohlenstoff-Nanoröhrchen. Photo: IAMT, KIT
Membrane Technology: Looking Deep into Smallest Pores
A material’s lattice backbone can become soft because of something its electrons do, according to new experimental results. Aaozoar/stock.adobe.com
Giant lattice softening at a Lifshitz transition in Sr2RuO4
Das KIT ist mit einer neuen Initiative und zwei Fortsetzungsanträgen in der finalen Auswahlrunde bei den Exzellenzclustern. Magali Hauser, KIT
Clusters of Excellence:

KIT Is in the Final Round with One New Initiative and Two Renewal Proposals

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Portrait Sören Lehmkuhl KIT
Sören Lehmkuhl becomes Emmy Noether fellow
Rebecca Spiecker, KIT Lebende Organismen lassen sich mit dem neuen Verfahren detailliert über längere Zeit beobachten – hier eine parasitische Trichogramma-Wespe, die sich im Ei einer Getreidemotte entwickelt hat und sich daraus befreit. (Abbildung: Rebec Rebecca Spiecker, KIT
Gentle X-ray Imaging of Small Living Specimens

KIT Researchers Present New Method of High Dose Efficiency and Micrometer Resolution for Biology and Biomedicine

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Cutting-edge research in optics and photonics needs special clean rooms for sensitive components. (Photo: Sandra Göttisheim, KIT) Sandra Göttisheim, KIT
Optics and Photonics:

High-tech Center for KIT

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For their innovative surface technology for medical implants, nanoshape GmbH was granted the NEO2023 by the jury. (Photo: ©ARTIS Uli Deck ) ARTIS Uli Deck
Innovative Materials:

NEO2023 Goes to Startup of KIT

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Within the DiRecReg project, four institutes of KIT and seven companies develop a complete process chain for a better recycling of spent batteries and production waste. (Photo: wbk, KIT) wbk, KIT
Recovering Materials Rather Than Shredding:

More Efficient Recycling of Batteries

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Der indische Chemiker Thalappil Pradeep wird im kommenden Jahr für bis zu sechs Monate am KIT forschen. (Foto: Thalappil, IIT) Foto: Thalappil, IIT
First „International Excellence Award” of KIT...

...Goes to Chemist Thalappil Pradeep

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Mit Unterstützung von KI-Methoden wollen Forschende die Herstellungsprozesse für hocheffiziente Perowskit-Solarzellen verbessern (Foto: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT) Foto: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
AI for Perovskite Solar Cells:

Key to Better Manufacturing

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The curve shows the increase in the transition temperature, below which strontium ruthenate becomes superconductive. Graphics: Y.-S. Li, et al. Nature 607, 276 (2022)
Elastocaloric determination...

 of the phase diagram of Sr2RuO4

Cover of Springer Hanndbook of Additive Manufacturing 2023 Springer Nature
New Springer Handbook of Additive Manufacturing

Editor of the section on Design and Data: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Klahn, MVM, KIT

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Wolfgang Wernsdorfer ist Professor am Physikalischen Institut sowie am Institut für QuantenMaterialien und Technologien des KIT. (Foto: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT) Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
Quantum Technology: Exploring Dark Matter
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