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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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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Electron microscopic reconstruction of a 3D nanostructure printed with the 2-step absorption process (left) and light microscopy (right). Prof. Rasmus Schröder, University of Heidelberg, Vincent Hahn, KIT
3D Laser Nanoprinters Become Compact
Small and revolutionary: Physicist Larissa Kohler, KIT, has developed a new type of resonator that makes ever smaller nanoparticles visible. Markus Breig, KIT
New Sensor Detects Ever Smaller Nanoparticles
Microscopy of a nucleus: Transcription factories are colored orange, activated genes light blue. The nucleus has about one tenth of the thickness of a human hair. Working groups Nienhaus and Hilbert, KIT
How Cells Correctly Choose Active Genes
Innovativer Sensor spuert Molekuele gezielt und genau auf Sandeep Kumar, KIT
Innovative Sensor Specifically and Precisely Detects Molecule
Rekordverdaechtige Lithium-Metall-Batterie Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
Record-breaking Lithium-metal Cell
Automatisierte chemische Synthese - Zuverlaessige Herstellung und zuegiger Erkenntnisgewinn Patrick Hodapp, KIT
Automated Chemical Synthesis: Reliable Production and Rapid Knowledge Gain
The automated plant will produce new materials for drug discovery and materials science through a combination of established equipment and open hardware components. Patrick Hodapp, KIT
Automated chemical synthesis: reliable production and rapid knowledge gain
Microorganisms feel at ease in biofilms. In the microscope image, they are marked in different colors. Ahmed Zoheir, KIT
Bioeconomy: Taking Microbes out of Dark and into the Light
The KIT1 sorghum variety developed by KIT accumulates a high amount of sugar and thrives particularly well under temperate climate conditions Botanical Institute, KIT
Sweet Sorghum: Sweet Promise for the Environment
BMBF Supports the Digitization of Materials Research
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