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PUF core for the unambiguous identification of a component or the secure encryption of information. Photo: Alexander Scholz, HS Offenburg and KIT
Printed Circuits Protect Sensors
An innovative combination of processes enables the interconnection of cells to form modules with nearly no losses. Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
Perovskite Solar Modules: High Efficiency on a Large Surface Area
Based on the Europium(III) scientists aim to advance the development of Quantum Computers. Photo: S. Kuppusamy, KIT
A Molecule That Responds to Light
Tungsten component produced by 3D printing using electron beam melting. Photo: Markus Breig, KIT
Electron Beam Melting Gets Brittle Metal into Shape
Solar modules without (left) and with (right; visualized) Phytonics film. The film almost completely suppresses reflection for all wavelengths and angles of incidence of light. Photo: Andrea Fabry; Editing by Phytonics
Anti-reflective Films: What High-tech Can Learn from Plants
Interior view of the SmartBatteryMaker with the central robot and three production modules for stacking (left), contacting (center), and packaging (right). Photo: Robert Fuge
Agile Production: More Than 14 Million Euros for Battery Research
In terms of efficiency, perovskite solar cells have caught up on silicon solar cells, but some of their properties are not yet understood completely. Photo: Markus Breig, KIT
Shedding Light on Perovskite Films
With the help of newly developed inks and special production techniques, such as origami, inexpensive thermoelectric generators can be produced for various applications. Photo: Andres Rösch, KIT
Energy Harvesting: Printed Thermoelectric Generators for Power Generation
Operando X-ray spectroscopy shows what happens in each single part of a working catalyst. (Photo: Dr. Dmitry Doronkin, KIT)
Three-dimensional View of Catalysts in Action
Thanks to its flexibility and adhesion, the biodegradable display can be worn directly on the hand. (Photo: Manuel Pietsch, KIT)
Biodegradable Displays for Sustainable Electronics
A platinum/palladium noble metal block, the atoms, and deposition of a platinum cluster on cerium oxide that acts as efficient catalyst. (Image: ITCP/KIT)
How to Make Catalysts More Efficient
Aerobuster invented by Thomas Blank, Horst Hahn, Jochen Kriegseis, and Martin Limbach (from the left) guarantees virus-free air in the waiting area. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)
Aerobuster Hunts for Corona Viruses
NMR probe (left) with miniaturized detector (right). In HiSCORE, such detectors will be combined with hyperpolarization to acquire binding processes of substance candidates. (Photos: Markus Breig, KIT)
Drug Screening at Far Higher Throughput
In vivo images of growing artery (A, B) and confocal images of arterial blood flow and arterial endothelial actin cytoskeleton (C, D). Detailed caption at the end of the text. (Images: ZOO, KIT)
Specific and Rapid Expansion of Blood Vessels
Electron micrograph of the “empty” scaffold (without hydrogel) that an international research team used to deform individual cells. Marc Hippler, KIT
“Stretching Rack” for Cells
Sevda Abadpour and Axel Diewald from KIT’s Institute of Radio Frequency Engineering and Electronics (IHE) place a chip onto a board. Components in the micrometer range have to be aligned perfectly. Joachim Hebeler, KIT
Development of Highly Compact Radar Sensors for Industry
Schematic representation of a noble metal catalyst with inactive single atoms (left) and active clusters (right; noble metal: white; carrier metal: yellow; oxygen: red). Florian Maurer, KIT
Noble Metal Clusters Can Enhance Performance of Catalysts and Save Resources
Color change: The right microcylinder printed with the novel photoresist appears white, because light is scattered in its sponge-like structure, whereas the cylinder printed with conventional photoresist appears transparent. 3DMM2O
Novel Photoresist Enables 3D Printing of Smallest Porous Structures
Eine Inversion (links) bei der Ackerschmalwand (Hintergrund) lässt sich mit CRISPR/Cas rückgängig machen (Mitte), um den Austausch von Genen (rechts) im betroffenen Abschnitt wiederzubeleben. Michelle Rönspies, KIT
Inheritance in Plants Can Now Be Controlled Specifically
DNA is exposed to UV radiation from LEDs to study how far the photoenergy migrates. Arthur Kuhlmann, KIT
DNA Damage Caused by Migrating Light Energy
KIT researchers have developed a filtration system with smallest carbon particles, which removes hormones from drinking water. Sandra Göttisheim, KIT
New Process for Efficient Removal of Steroid Hormones from Water
Porous liquids acting as membranes: This process could save enormous amounts of energy and thus CO2 in the plastics industry. A. Knebel, KIT
Porous Liquids Allow for Efficient Gas Separation
Researchers hope that new materials help to build safe and durable high-performance cells. Julia Maibach, KIT
Anode Material for Safe Batteries with a Long Cycle Life
In many disciplines of science, digital change is making it increasingly necessary to collect, store, and process large amounts of data. Markus Breig, KIT
National Research Data Infrastructure: Funding of Three Consortia with KIT Participation
Cyanobacteria producing ethanol or hydrogen – natural gene transfer could make this possible Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
New Candidate for Raw Material Synthesis Through Gene Transfer
NeueQuantenmaterialien SFB/TRR 288
New quantum materials with unique properties
Nanocomposites ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, 12, 13, 14806-14813
Microbial Cyborgs: Bacteria Supplying Power
Neue Molekuele fuer innovative Hightech-Materialien KIT
New Molecules for Innovative High-tech Materials
Bionische Oberflaeche Julia Syurik, KIT
New Materials: Brilliant White without Pigments
Pflanzenschutz Alexandra Wolf, KIT
Plant Protection: Communication instead of Poison
Ein Auge fuer Farben_druckbare Lichtsensoren Noah Strobel, KIT
Having an Eye for Colors: Printable Light Sensors
Schnellster hochpraeziser 3D-Drucker Vincent Hahn, KIT
Fastest High-precision 3D Printer
Programmierbare Nester fuer Zellen Niemeyer-Lab, KIT
Programmable Nests for Cells

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Prof. Horst Hahn elected NAI Fellow

Professor Horst Hahn, Director of the Institute of Nanotechnology at KIT, was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in the USA. He will receive the award in April 2020 at the annual meeting of the NAI in Phoenix, Arizona.

Futher information: NAI press release

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Medal of the Order of Merit for Britta Nestler

Ceremonial award of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Karlsruhe scientist on the Day of German Unity. Professor Britta Nestler researches and teaches at the KIT as well as at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. She was honoured for her scientific achievements, especially for her pioneering role in combining basic and applied research.

Further information can be found here.

LookKIT zum Thema Materialforschung

The current issue of lookKIT highlights the topic materials. The KIT Materials Center contributes in various ways, from fundamental research to applications, and integrates research groups from natural, engineering and life sciences that have a common interest in innovative development.


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Advanced Materials (Wiley/VCH) Special KIT-Issue with the title "Multidisciplinary Materials Research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)"

Prof. Dr. Wöll and Prof. Dr. Wenzel, who initiated the project in March 2018, are guest editors. The KIT Special Issue contains a total of 27 publications by scientists from the KIT Center Materials, on a broad range of topics. It is available online since June 27, 2019. Please have a look at following link:

2019PR090E. Moreno-Pineda, KIT
Producing Graphene from Carbon Dioxide

Carbon dioxide is not only a greenhouse gas in the atmosphere leading to global-warming effect, it can also be a useful raw material for chemical reactions. A working group at KIT is using carbon dioxide as a raw material to produce graphene, a technological material which is currently the subject of intense study. The work on this unusual application has been reported in the ChemSusChem journal (DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201901404).

2019PR87Maximilian Benz, KIT
Marrying chemistry with biology by combining on-chip solution-based combinatorial synthesis and cellular screening

The search for new active substances, their production, characterization, and screening for biological effectiveness are very complex and costly. Scientists of KIT have now succeeded in combining these processes on a chip and, hence, facilitating and accelerating the procedures to produce promising substances. The results are  published in Nature Communications (DOI 10.1038/s41467-019-10685-0).

2019PR073Bastmeyer, KIT
KIT at the City Hall: Technologies for the Materials of Tomorrow

On Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 6:30 PM, scientists from the KIT Materials Center will present their research on new technologies in the Karlsruhe City Hall.

Granular aluminium as a superconducting material for high-impedance quantum circuits

Scientists at the KIThave used granular aluminum (nicknamed grAl) for qubits and have shown that this superconducting material has great potential to overcome the previous limits of quantum hardware.

Work published in the journal Nature Materials (DOI: 10.1038 / s41563-019-0350-3).

Ships Slide in an Air Envelope

The First Prize of the BMBF Validation Award Goes to the ARES “Air-retaining Surfaces” Project on Bionic Ship Coatings that Reduce Friction between Ship Walls and Water. Friction, corrosion, and biofilms are three major problems in shipping. The research project ARES – a collaboration project of KIT and the universities of Bonn and Rostock – studies new types of ship coatings that permanently retain an air layer under water and, thus, help considerably reduce the three problems.

Please have a look here.

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Multimaterial 3D laser microprinting using an integrated microfluidic system

Development of a new system for the efficient and precise production of printed micro- and nanostructures from several materials. Integration of a microfluidic chamber for the fluids on smallest space directly into a 3D laser lithography device. Work published in Science Advances 5, 2019.

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Controlling the shape of 3D microstructures by temperature and light

3D-printed structures, responsive to external stimuli. Instead of temperature, focused light is used as a control signal. For the first time, this allows the targeted control of individual microstructures in a complex, three-dimensional arrangement.The results are published in Nature Communications 10, 2019.

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Leibniz Prize for Wolfgang Wernsdorfer

Professor Wolfgang Wernsdorfer of KIT receives the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2019 of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Germany’s highest science prize endowed with EUR 2.5 million honors the experimental physicist for his research into electronics, spin physics, and quantum computing.

KIT Press Release

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New Biocatalytic Material for “Green” Production of Value-added Chemicals

Industry consumes large quantities of crude oil to produce basic substances for drugs, cosmetics, plastics, or food. However, these processes consume a lot of energy and produce waste. Biological processes with enzymes are far more sustainable. The protein molecules can catalyze various chemical reactions without auxiliary materials or solvents being required. But they are expensive and, hence, have been economically unattractive so far. Researchers of KIT have now developed a new biomaterial that considerably facilitates the use of enzymes. The results are presented in the journal Angewandte Chemie, Oct. 2018.

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Uniaxial pressure control of competing orders in a high-temperature superconductor

High-temperature superconductors can transport electrical energy without resistance. Researchers at KIT have carried out high-resolution inelastic x-ray scattering and have found that high uniaxial pressure induces a long-range charge order competing with superconductivity. Their study opens up new insights into the behavior of correlated electrons. The researchers report on it in the journal Science, Nov. 2018.

PR2018_147KIT Presse
Templated Nanofiber Synthesis via Chemical Vapor Polymerization into Liquid Crystalline Films.

Polymer pelts made of the finest of fibers are suitable for many different applications, from coatings that adhere well and are easy to remove to highly sensitive biological detectors. Researchers at KIT together with scientists in the United States have now developed a cost-effective process to allow customized polymer nanofibers to grow on a solid substrate through vapor deposition of a liquid crystal layer with reactive molecules. The researchers report on their innovative method in the journal Science, Nov. 2018.


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“Scalable Rare Earth Ion Quantum Computing Nodes” (SQUARE) is funded by the European Commission with EUR three million.

Quantum computers can execute many computation steps in parallel. This will accelerate processing of large data volumes. The microstructure of certain materials and elements of the quantum bits, however, is of crucial importance. Researchers KIT study materials for such multi-functional quantum bits.

“A promising approach to the next generation of quantum computers is based on materials, single systems of which are not larger than an atom and the quantum properties of which can be accessed and controlled optically,” says Professor David Hunger of KIT’s Physikalisches Institut, who coordinates the SQUARE project.

KIT Press Release

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Excellence Strategy: KIT Is Successful with Two Clusters of Excellence

KIT has successfully acquired funding for two clusters of excellence within the Excellence Strategy launched by the federal and state governments. The Excellence Commission has agreed to fund KIT’s proposals in the area of energy research and materials science for a period of seven years.

In future, the following clusters of excellence will be funded at KIT:

3D Designer Materials – 3D Matter Made to Order (Part of the KIT-Centre Materials)

Spokespersons: Professor Martin Wegener (KIT) and Professor Uwe H.F. Bunz (Heidelberg University)

More information: 

Energy Storage beyond Lithium – New Concepts for a Sustainable Future (Part of the KIT-Centre Energy)

Spokespersons: Professor Maximilian Fichtner (KIT and Ulm University), Professor Helmut Ehrenberg (KIT), and Professor Axel Groß (Ulm University)

KIT Press Release

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3D Inks that Can Be Erased Selectively

3D printing by direct laser writing enables production of micro-meter-sized structures for many applications, from biomedicine to microelectronics to optical metamaterials. KIT researchers have now developed 3D inks that can be erased selectively. This allows specific degradation and reassembly of highly precise structures on the micrometer and nanometer scales. The new photoresists are presented in the journal Nature Communications, July 2018

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High-tech Dentures: Fighting Bacteria with Nanotechnology

KIT scientists, together with experts for dental implants, have now developed a nanostructured surface to accelerate wound healing after implantation and to better protect it against the attack of bacteria.

KIT Press Release

Painting and drying using less hot air

Innovative Method for Steel Strip Drying – The KIT-Institute of Combustion Technology of the Engler-Bunte Institute is coordinating the research project in the EU’s Horizon 2020. Thanks to a new furnace design, energy efficiency in industrial steel strip drying can be significantly increased and the size of the facility drastically reduced. Using the planned process, investment and production costs can be cut by at least 40 percent. This is achieved through the use of infrared radiant burner technology.

KIT Press Release

Processing Glass Like a Polymer

Pure quartz glass is highly transparent and resistant to thermal, physical, and chemical impacts. These are optimum prerequi-sites for use in optics, data technology or medical engineering. For efficient, high-quality machining, however, adequate pro-cesses are lacking. Scientists of KIT have developed a forming technology to structure quartz glass like a polymer. This innovation is reported in the journal Advanced Materials, 2018

Video: Glassomer-Processing Fused Silica Glass Like a Polymer

Air Coating Makes Ships Glide through the Water more Easily

Under the AIRCOAT EU project, researchers from all over Europe develop an air coating that reduces frictional resistance of ships. They use the salvinia effect studied by KIT, it allows an air layer to permanently exist under water. The project is coordinated scientifically by physicist and nanotechnology expert Professor Thomas Schimmel, KIT.

KIT Press Release


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Smelldect project at KIT’s Institute of Microstructure Technology

The electronic nose, like the human nose, perceives complex gas mixtures – i.e. scents – and can recognize them based on specific signal patterns.The objective of smelldect is to develop a low-cost olfactory sensor suited for mass production and everyday use.

KIT Press Release

Agent 007: Organic Molecules as Bearers of Secrets

KIT Scientists Design Chemical Compounds for Use as Passwords for Encrypted Information. They use a new and highly secure approach by combining computer science with chemistry and a conventional encryption method with a chemical password. Their development is now reported in an open access publication in Nature Communications, April 2018.

Groundbreaking for the ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT

New ZEISS Site at One of the Most Innovative Locations in Germany – New Space for Spinoffs and Enhanced Collaboration between Business and Academia – 12,000 m2 of Flexible Space Thanks to an Investment of EUR 30 Million

KIT Press Release

Microenergy Supply without Battery and Cable

KIT’s Startup otego GmbH Has Developed “oTEG,“ the First Commercial Printed Thermoelectric Generator Worldwide.

KIT Press Release

Why Perovskite Solar Cells Are So Efficient

Solar cells with efficiencies above 20% and produced at low costs – perovskites make this possible. Now, KIT-researchers have gained fundamental insight into the function of perovskite solar cells. They found that bound states of electron-hole pairs can form during the absorption of light. Still, these pairs can be separated easily for current to flow. In addition, they enhance absorption.

Appl. Phys. Lett., Jan 2018

3D Nanoprinting Facilitates Communication with Light

Researchers of KIT have how developed a new solution for the coupling of optical microchips to each other or to optical fibers. They use tiny beam-shaping elements that are printed directly onto the facets of optical components by a high-precision 3D printing process. These elements can be produced with nearly any three-dimensional shape and enable low-loss coupling of various optical components with a high positioning tolerance.

Nature Photonics, March 2018

Optical Distance Measurement at Record-High Speed

Graphic representation of measurement with a laser beam on a bullet. (Graphics: Christian Grupe, Philipp Trocha, KIT)

Microresonator-based optical frequency combs enable highly-precise optical distance ranging at a rate of 100 million measurements per second – publication in Science, Feb. 2018

DPG Prize for Superprecise 3D Laser Printing

Revolutionary 3D Laser Printing Process Is Used Worldwide – The German Physical Society Honors the Institute of Nanotechnology and the Innovation Management Service Unit of KIT as well as the Nanoscribe company.

KIT-Press Release

How Fungi Grow: A Movie from Inside the Cell

Fungi may be harmful pathogens. On the other hand, they are used for the production of food or medicine and in bioengineering. In either case, it is required to precisely understand their growth mechanism.Using high-performance light microscopy, KIT-Researchers watched mold fungi as they grew in the cell. The findings are presented in Science Advances

KIT Press Release

Scientists Observe Nanowires as They Grow

Report on a growth study of self-catalyzed GaAs nanowires based on time-resolved in situ X-ray structure characterization during molecular-beam-epitaxy in combination with ex situ scanning-electron-microscopy.

Nano Lett., Jan 2018
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Complex Tessellations, Extraordinary Materials

A surface-confined multistep reaction allows for the observation of the emergence of complexity through the formation of a defect-tolerant molecular network.

Nat. Chem., Jan 2018

Science: Metamaterial mit Dreheffekt

Kräfte von oben werden über Stege auf die senkrecht stehenden Ringstrukturen übertragen. Deren
Rotation übt zieht an den Ecken der waagerechten Flächen des Würfels.
Pressemitteilung des KIT

Fluoropor Beschichtung
Neuer Werkstoff schützt gegen Wasser und Schmutz

Transparente Beschichtung für Alltagsanwendungen

Neuer Werkstoff „Fluoropor“ lässt Wasser abperlen und widersteht Abrieb dank durchgehender Nano-/Mikrostruktur.

„Fluoropor“ als Beschichtung auf einer Kupfer-Dünnschicht.

Presseinformation des KIT

Stiefmütterchen hilft die Lichtausbeute bei Solarzellen zu erhöhen

Wissenschaftler am KIT kopieren Mikrostrukturen auf der Blüte und erhöhen die Leistung von Solarzellen

Presseinformation des KIT

Mikroskopie: Scharfer Blick auf empfindliche Proben

Neues Multifunktions-Elektronenmikroskop am KIT kann Strukturen in empfindlichen Materialien aufspüren. Nahaufnahme des neuen Multifunktions-Elektronenmikroskops am KIT.

Presseinformation des KIT

Quantensimulator: erster funktionierender Baustein

Supraleitender Quantensimulator übertrifft konventionellen Computer und könnte komplizierte biologische Prozesse wie den Pflanzenstoffwechsel abbilden
Quantenbits können im Gegensatz zu klassischen Bits zwei Zustände zugleich annehmen: rechts und links, gelb und blau, Null und Eins.

Presseinformation des KIT

Kernspinresonanz hohe Sensitivitaet auf engem Raum
Kernspinresonanz: hohe Sensitivität auf engem Raum

Zwei Lenz-Linsen in einem Helmholtz-Spulenpaar angeordnet. Die Simulation zeigt, wie die Lenz-Linsen den magnetischen Fluss räumlich fokussieren.

Presseinformation des KIT
Navigationssystem der Hirnzellen entschlüsselt

Hirnentwicklung in der Petrischale: Axone (gruen) der Nervenzellen der Netzhaut lesen beim Wachstum mit molekularen Antennen (magenta) an ihrem Ende chemische Signale, die zum Ziel führen.

Presseinformation des KIT