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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Campus North
Institute of Microstructure Technology
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

building 301
(Head of Institute)

phone: +49 721 608-22740

e-mail: infoJrn7∂imt kit edu

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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.



Making of hollow microcoils
Making of hollow microcoils

A process to manufacture solenoidal microcoils relying on a two solvent approach is presented. The corresponding publication has been selected for the J. Micromech. Microeng. 2016 highlights collection.

Microscopic components made of silicon (blue) and special polymers (green) convert electrical into optical signals and vice versa. (Graphics: KIT)
Two ERC-POC go to IMT

IMT directors Prof. Koos and Prof. Korvink have been each awarded with “Proof of Concepts Grants” of the ERC for the  SCOOTER and LockChip projects.

Blue tarantula (Photo: Tom Patterson)
Bright Colors by Nanotechnology

The bright colors of e.g. the blue tarantula do not result from pigments, but from nanostructures (Photo: Tom Patterson). Publication in Advanced Optical Materials.

Prototype tandem solar module made up of a semitransparent perovskite solar module (on top) and a CIGS solar module (below). (Picture: imec/ZSW/KIT)
Record for Perovskite/CIGS Tandem Solar Module

A prototype of a Perovskite/CIGS  thin-film solar module achieves an efficiency of 17.8 percent and surpasses for the first time the efficiency of separate perovskite and CIGS solar modules (Picture: imec/ZSW/KIT). Article in optics.org.

 A branch-stem attachment could serve as a model for technical fiber-reinforced lightweight ramifications (Photo: Hesse/Uni Freiburg).
Deriving Inspiration from the Dragon tree

Researchers demonstrate how a branch-stem attachment could serve as a model for technical fiber-reinforced lightweight ramifications (Photo: Hesse/Uni Freiburg). Publication in Scientific Reports.

Refractive x-ray lenses from KIT/IMT.
IMT’s compound refractive X-ray lenses in user operation at ESRF, ID01

ESRF announced that the Full Field Diffraction X-ray Microscopy (FFDXM) end station at the ID01 is now open to user experiments. This new method uses X-ray lenses from KIT/IMT specially designed for the imaging part of the setup.

X-ray beam shaping by polymer lenses
IMT’s beam shaping X-ray optics awarded at XRM 2016

Ottó Márkus, Ph.D. student in the X-ray optics group, was awarded with the best poster price at the X-ray microscopy conference XRM 2016 for his poster entitled “X-ray beam shaping by polymer lenses”.

The salvinia water fern can absorb and bind mineral oil from water surfaces.
Nanofur for Oil Spill Cleanup

Plastic nanofur mimics the water-repellent and oil-absorbing effect of salvinia (Photo: Zeiger/KIT). Publication in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics.

 Photon upconversion: Energy transfer between the molecules is based on electron exchange (Dexter electron transfer) (Illustration: Michael Oldenburg)
How to Turn Green Light Blue

The upconversion of photons allows for a more efficient use of light e.g. in solar cells (Figure: Oldenburg/KIT). Publication in Advanced Materials.