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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)
Quantum Materials:

Superconductor Performs Best Under Pressure

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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
Grenzüberschreitende Forschung betreibt Professorin Anja Metelmann mit ihrer Brückenprofessur zum Quantum Computing in Karlsruhe und Straßburg. (Foto: Adrian Yass, KIT) Adrian Yass, KIT
KIT a Partner in European Quantum Center
Reversible activation and catalytic transfer of ammonia via a compound of main group elements. (Figure: Frank Breher, KIT) Frank Breher, KIT
New System for Activation and Catalytic Transfer of Ammonia
Superabsorbers become liquid under UV light after they have taken up sufficient water. Then, they can be reused. (Collage: Ken Pekarsky, KIT) Ken Pekarsky, KIT
Diapers Can Be Recycled 200 Times Faster with Light
Early-stage researchers Dr. Nadja Alina Henke (Photo: Jannik Jilg), Dr. Gözde Kabay (Photo: Conny Ehm), and Dr. Jingyuan Xu (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT) receive funding for their projects from Carl Zeiss Foundation. Dr. Nadja Alina Henke (Foto: Jannik Jilg), Dr. Gözde Kabay (Foto: Conny Ehm), Dr. Jingyuan Xu (Foto: Markus Breig, KIT)
Research into Bioprocesses, Biosensors, and Refrigeration
Professor Kathrin Gerling (Photo: Tanja Meißner, KIT) and Tenure-track Professor Philip Willke (Photo: Private) receive ERC Starting Grants for their projects. Foto: Tanja Meißner, KIT; Philip Willke, privat
Accessible Virtual Reality and Quantum Information Processing
The new molecular structure in which sandwich complexes form a nano-sized ring is called ‘cyclocene.’ (Photo: Nature / AOC, KIT)
Nanorings: New Building Blocks for Chemistry
Julian Hertel, KIT Neue Biomaterialien für die industrielle Biokatalyse: Enzymschäume bilden dreidimensionale poröse Netzwerke mit stabiler hexagonaler Wabenstruktur. (Julian Hertel, KIT)
Biocatalytic Foams of Tremendous Stability and Activity
Koordinatendarstellung der Herzkammern. (Grafik: Dr. Axel Loewe, KIT)
Machine Learning: Artificial Neural Networks Localize Extrasystoles
Microscopy of a lung section of a TB-infected mouse with the drug nanoparticles colored red. The complete caption can be found at the end of the text. (FZB Zelluläre Mikrobiologie, Dr. N. Redinger).
Tuberculosis Therapy: Smallest Particles Will Deliver the Drug to the Lungs in Future
Dr. Jens Bauer, KIT Mit dem neuen Verfahren lässt sich eine große Vielfalt von Quarzglasstrukturen im Nanometermaßstab erzeugen. Dr. Jens Bauer, KIT
Nanomaterials: 3D Printing of Glass without Sintering
Dank eines neuartigen Moleküls sollen blaue OLEDs künftig heller leuchten und weniger schnell verblassen. Markus Breig, KIT
Organic Light-emitting Diodes: Making the Blue Shine Brighter and Longer
In the research project SEMTRASOL, highly efficient, semitransparent organic solar cells are being developed at KIT. (Photo: KIT) KIT
Photovoltaics: Energy Supply with a View
LTI, KIT Mit tintenstrahlgedruckten optischen Filtern lassen sich optische Eigenschaften präzise steuern. LTI, KIT
Inkjet Printer to Produce Optical Filters and Mirrors
Dr. Oleksandr Dolotko, first author of the publication, conducts research at IAM-ESS and HIU. Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
Recycling of Batteries: 70 Percent of Lithium Recovered
Erfolg für den Ingenieur Uli Lemmer vom KIT: Der ERC zeichnet ihn mit einem Advanced Grant aus Markus Breig, KIT
ERC Advanced Grant for Researchers from KIT
Grafik: Dr. Xuchen Wang, KIT Ein photonischer Zeitkristall in 2D kann Freiraum- und Oberflächenwellen verstärken. Grafik: Dr. Xuchen Wang, KIT
Time Crystal Gives Light a Boost
In two subject areas and four subjects, KIT is ranked among the 50 best universities worldwide by the “QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.” Gabi Zachmann, KIT
QS Ranking: KIT again Is the Best German University in Chemical Engineering
Supercomputers help researchers simulate materials and study their properties before they exist in reality. (Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT) Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
Materials Research: New Supercomputer at KIT
Forschende des KIT haben die Bildung der Feststoff-Elektrolyt-Grenzphase mit Hilfe von Simulationen charakterisiert. (Collage: Christine Heinrich) Christine Heinrich
Batteries: Passivation Layer Mystery Solved
Manufacturing of a perovskite solar cell in the research group of Ulrich W. Paetzold at KIT Markus Breig, KIT
ERC Consolidator Grants for Two Researchers from KIT
Die Eigenschaften von Gralmonium-Qubits werden durch eine winzige Engstelle von nur 20 Nanometern dominiert, die wie eine Lupe für mikroskopische Materialdefekte wirkt. Dennis Rieger, KIT
More Stable States of Quantum Computers
Seltenerd Verbindungen fuer Hightech Anwendungen Peter Roesky, KIT
Rare Earth Compounds for High-tech Applications
Dauerläufer: Bis zu 50 Jahre Lebensdauer bei geringem Platzbedarf bietet das neuartige Netzteil mit Folienkondensatoren von DPS. Foto: Marco Wünschmann, Welectron
New Power Supply with a Lifetime of Up to 50 Years
The sponge-like structure of the chip (in gray) was produced with salt crystals. In the lab, it is colonized by the red microorganisms within a few days. Photo: Institute for Biological Interfaces-1, KIT
Silicone Sponge Captures Unknown Bacteria
In light sheet 3D printing, red and blue laser light is used to print objects precisely and quickly on a micrometer scale Photo: Vincent Hahn, KIT
Joining Forces: Fast-as-lightning 3D Microprinting with Two Lasers
MatFo2022 „Vom Material zur Innovation: Digital, Neutral, Vital“ Ralf-Uwe Limbach, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
MatFo2022 „Vom Material zur Innovation: Digital, Neutral, Vital“ - 14.11. und 15.11.2022
Highly Reflecting Mirrors from the Inkjet Printer Photo: Qihao Jin, KIT; DOI: 10.1002/adma.202201348
Highly Reflecting Mirrors from the Inkjet Printer
MaterialDigital - Digitalisierung der Materialforschung
Manual manufacture of cells at the Battery Technical Center. It pools KIT’s competencies along the entire value chain of batteries. Photo: Markus Breig, KIT
Recycling Materials: Turning Old Batteries into New Ones
Biochemistry: "Fingerprinting" of peptides allows earlier detection of Alzheimer's
Biochemistry: "Fingerprinting" of peptides allows earlier detection of Alzheimer's
Printable adhesive for solar panels Robert Fuge, KIT
Printable adhesive for solar panels
Plant protection: Biohacking against fungal infestation Montage: DialogProTec, KIT
Plant protection: Biohacking against fungal infestation
Prof. Dr. Peter Roesky from the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry was awarded the Frank H. Spedding Award 2022
Prof. Dr. Peter Roesky from the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry was awarded the Frank H. Spedding Award 2022
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wernsdorfer of the Institute of Physics was accepted as a member of the French Académie des sciences.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wernsdorfer of the Institute of Physics was accepted as a member of the French Académie des sciences.
Im SFB HyPERion, den das Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie (KIT) koordiniert, entwickeln Forschende des KIT und der Universitäten Kaiserslautern, Konstanz und Stuttgart gemeinsam eine Technologie für kompakte Hochleistungs-Magnetresonanz. Diese könnte Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
Magnetic resonance in tabletop format revolutionizes diagnostics and materials analysis
Perovskite/CIS tandem solar cells are already able to convert a relatively high fraction of incident light into electric current. Future refinements can improve efficiency further. Marco A. Ruiz-Preciado, KIT
Thin-film Photovoltaic Technology Combines Efficiency and Versatility
Research and practice: KIT’s medical engineering degree program focuses on digitalization, electrical engineering and information technology Markus Breig, KIT
New medical engineering study program to bridge gap between people and technology
Mehdi Tahoori (left; photo: Martin Lober, KIT) and Alexey Ustinov (right; photo: Anne Cordts, KIT) receive an ERC Advanced Grant each. Martin Lober, KIT; Anne Cordts, KIT
Two ERC Advanced Grants for Scientists of KIT
Bei der Materialentwicklung entstehen große Datenmengen, die in Supercomputern wie dem Forschungshochleistungsrechner ForHLR am KIT verarbeitet werden. Diese Daten besser nutzbar zu machen hat sich das NFDI-Konsortium FAIRmat zur Aufgabe gemacht. Andreas Drollinger, KIT
NFDI Consortium FAIRmat
Joerg Schmalian
John Bardeen Prize 2022 for Jörg Schmalian
Mit der Genschere einzelne Zelltypen gezielt eliminieren Angelina Schindele, KIT
Using Gene Scissors to Specifically Eliminate Individual Cell Types
Art historian Inge Hinterwaldner (Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT), physical chemist Lars Heinke ((Photo: Gabi Zachmann, KIT), and materials researcher Christoph Kirchlechner receive an ERC Consolidator Grant. Markus Breig, KIT
Three ERC Consolidator Grants for KIT Researchers
Photon-spin interface with the europium molecule crystal for entanglement of nuclear spin qubits (arrows) with the help of photons (yellow). Christian Grupe, KIT
Quantum Information: Light from Rare-earth Molecules
Pascal Friederich receives the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, the most important recognition of early-career researchers in Germany. Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize Goes to Pascal Friederich
3D model of a MOF in front of the enzyme-MOF flow reactor at the laboratory of KIT’s Institute of Functional Interfaces. Dr. Raphael Greifenstein, KIT
Biotechnology: Enzymes in a Cage
BMBF Supports the Digitization of Materials Research
Eckpunktepapier zur Fördeurng der Materialforschung
Eckpunktepapier zur Förderung der Materialforschung
Neutrinos_wiegen_hoechstens_0_8_Elektronenvolt Markus Breig, KIT
Neutrinos Are Lighter than 0.8 Electron Volts
Motor fuer zukunftsfaehige Entwicklungen Johanna Sophie Sterrer, KIT
Driver of Viable Developments
Forschung zu generationengerechter Finanzpolitik sowie zu mikrostrukturierten Materialien private
Research on Intergenerational Redistribution through Fiscal Policy and on Microstructured Materials
FestBatt_Der naechste Schritt bei der Feststoffbatterie JLU/Elisa Monte
FestBatt: The Next Step in Solid-state Batteries
Optik und Photonik_Duennster optischer Diffusor fuer neue Anwendungen Dennis Arslan, Universität Jena
Optics and Photonics: Miniaturization of Diffusers for New Applications
Intelligente Batteriezellproduktion Markus Breig, KIT
Intelligent Battery Cell Production
Vom Getraenkekarton zur nachhaltigen Versandbox Gabi Zachmann, KIT
From the Beverage Carton to the Reusable Shipping Box
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
Designed elastic metamaterial structure made of a single linear elastic material. Dr. Yi Chen, KIT
Novel Materials: Sound Waves Traveling Backwards
Neural networks enable precise simulations in material science – down to the level of individual atoms. Pascal Friederich, KIT
Machine Learning Speeds up Simulations in Material Science
With new methods from AQua, the quality of the electrode coating can be checked automatically. Irina Westermann, KIT
Quality Campaign for Better Batteries
Insertion of the photocatalytic membrane into the membrane reactor. Photo: Markus Breig, KIT
Water Treatment: Removing Hormones with Sunlight
The combination of sensors and materials simulates the artificial sense of smell. Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
“E-Nose” Can Discriminate Various Mint Scents
Visualization of a quantum processor: Its core contains a chip on which superconducting qubits are arranged in a checkered pattern. Photo: Christoph Hohmann
Technologies for More Powerful Quantum Computers
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.

PR2018_159KIT Presse
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

PR2018_158KIT Presse
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.

PR2018_155KIT Presse
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

PR 2018_080KIT
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

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Microenergy Supply without Battery and Cable

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

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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.

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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

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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
Komplexe Parkettmuster
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.
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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.

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Stiefmütterchen hilft die Lichtausbeute bei Solarzellen zu erhöhen

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

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Mikroskopie: Scharfer Blick auf empfindliche Proben

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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