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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: infoLso3∂imt kit edu

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Welcome to the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT)

The Institute of Microstructure Technology leads applied research and development programs in the fields of Smart Nanosystems, Microsystems for Life Sciences, Teratronics, Photonics, X-ray Optics and Nanophotonics for Energy. The transfer of our fundamental research to industry-relevant products is a core goal of the institute.

A large variety of on-site fabrication processes, test methods, and state-of-the-art equipment support our research efforts. This technical infrastructure and the know-how of the employees at IMT are made available, cost-free, to external industrial and academic institutions through proposals to the KNMF (Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility) high-tech platform.

The IMT cooperates closely with the Light Technology Institute and the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics.




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
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.

Tailored Probe Tips for Atomic Force Microscopes
Tailored Probe Tips for Atomic Force Microscopes

Scientists of KIT produce customized probe tips using 3D-Laserlithography (photo: KIT). Publication in Applied Physics Letters.

For her doctoral thesis „Development of a Microfluidic Brailledisplay“ with IMT Dr. E. Wilhelm is honored with the Deutscher Studienpreis 2016 (Photo: Körber Foundation/D. Ausserhofer)
German Thesis Award 2016 for the Development of a Grafic Braille Display

For her doctoral thesis „Development of a Microfluidic Brailledisplay“ with IMT Dr. E. Wilhelm is honored with the Deutscher Studienpreis 2016.
(Photo: Körber Foundation/D. Ausserhofer)

Technology Transfer Project of IMT was awarded

A team from IMT recently won a prize for their technology transfer project „Photonic markers for anti-counter-feiting solutions and plastic sorting”.

Review awards ceremony
All winners 2016

KIT founder award goes to IMT startup SMActuators

SMActuators builts micro-actuators from shape memory alloy foils in particular for fluid handling systems.

Review awards ceremony
Homepage SMActuators