Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT)

Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT)

Welcome to the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT)

IMT is a one-stop-shop for advanced micro and nano system development and upscaling. For every posed challenge, our skilled multidisciplinary teams develop novel technological and application-oriented solutions at forefront of the state-of-the-art. Our up-to-date technology platform is also accessible through the KNMF services. The in-house lithography capabilities range down to 6 nm lateral resolution, and is coupled with our extensive know-how in fabrication process development. Our talented young scientists cover a wide range of applications and technology platforms. We extensively educate M.Sc. and Ph.D. thesis students, and our alumni hold key positions at the top technology addresses.

Nanostructured polymer film achieves white appearance without the use of environmentally harmful titanium oxide – white beetle Cyphochilus insulanus as a model (Photo: Julia Syurik, KIT).
New Materials: Brilliant White Without Pigments

Nanostructured polymer film achieves white appearance without the use of environmentally harmful titanium oxide – white beetle Cyphochilus insulanus as a model (Photo: Julia Syurik, KIT).

Compound refractive X-ray lenses (Photo: Arndt Last, KIT)
SPring-8 Upgrades XRD-Beamline with IMT X-ray Lenses

Compound refractive X-ray lenses (CRLs) made by KIT/IMT have been used to upgrade the high-pressure X-ray diffraction (XRD) beamline BL10XU at the synchrotron source SPring-8 in Japan to enable realizing diffraction experiments of micrometer-sized samples at multi-megabar pressures (Photo: Arndt Last, KIT).


Glassy carbon microelectrodes (Photo: San Diego State University)
Publication in Nature Microsystems & Nanoengineering

Glassy carbon microelectrodes minimize induced voltages, mechanical vibrations, and artifacts in magnetic resonance imaging. The novel carbon electrodes were tested directly in a MRI scanner at IMT (Photo: San Diego State University).


Picture of the awards ceremony (Photo: LOC XNPIG2019)
Poster Award of XNPIG 2019 Goes to Dr. Ikematsu

Dr. Katsumasa Ikematsu (KIT and Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan) received the Poster Award of the 5th XNPIG in Sendai (Japan) for his contribution on the improvement of the spatial resolution in X-ray phase imaging (Photo: LOC XNPIG2019).

Dr. Frederik Kotz (Photo: Körber Foundation).
German Study Award 2019 for Dr. Kotz

For his work on “Structuring of Glass at Room Temperature – Energy-saving Processes for Smart Glass” former IMT PhD student and researcher Dr. Frederik Kotz is honored with the German Study Award 2019 (Photo: Körber Foundation).

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Photo: Tobias Abzieher, KIT
High Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells

A team at KIT has developed an innovative hole conductor layer that can be deposited over a large area and leads to record efficiencies (Photo: Tobias Abzieher, KIT).

German television contribution

Logo of the International Symposium on Thermal Effects in Gas flows in Microscale ISTEGIM 2019
Final Conference ISTEGIM of the European ITN MIGRATE

The European ITN MIGRATE, located at IMT, organizes its final conference on thermal effects in gas flows in microscale ISTEGIM in Ettlingen near Karlsruhe in October 2019. Extended abstracts are welcome through

Logo der Vector Stiftung
Vector Foundation funds the development of a liquid X-ray lens

The foundation supports only about 8% of the applications and supports the innovative proposal even without the usual oral presentation. A liquid X-ray lens could be used in the white X-ray beam of a synchrotron source or a free-electron laser, since heating and damage to the lens are constantly cured.

Liquid X-ray lens
Teaching Award 2019 (Photo: KIT)
Teaching Award for Prof. Dr. Guber

IMT researcher and head of the department “Microsystems for Life Sciences” Prof. Dr. Guber (in picture second from left) has been honored with the Teaching Award 2019 of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering for his interdisciplinary lecture series BioMEMS I to IV (Photo: KIT).

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