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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.
doi:10.1002/adom.201600599

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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.

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 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.
doi:10.1038/srep32685

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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 lensesIMT’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.
doi:10.1088/1748-3190/11/5/056003

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 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.
doi:10.1002/adma.201601718

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

Scientists of KIT produce customized probe tips using 3D-Laserlithography (photo: KIT). Publication in Applied Physics Letters.
doi:10.1063/1.4960386

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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.
Portrait Dr. E. Wilhelm (in German).
(Photo: Körber Foundation/D. Ausserhofer)

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Picture of the awards ceremonyTechnology 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

Picture of the awards ceremonyKIT 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

Biomimetics: The epidermis of a rose petal is replicated in a transparent layer which is then integrated into the front of a solar cell. (Illustration: Guillaume Gomard, KIT)“Flower Power”: Photovoltaic Cells Replicate Rose Petals

IMT scientists increase the efficiency of solar cells by replicating the structure of petals – publication in Advanced Optical Materials
doi:10.1002/adom.201600046

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TOP STORY in Prostate Cell NewsTOP STORY in Prostate Cell News

At IMT the team of Dr. F. J. Gruhl and researchers of other institutes at the KIT have presented a 3D cell culture system based on a superporous poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate cryogel with a defined elastic modulus, which is a powerful tool for prostate cancer studies. www.prostatecellnews.com
doi:10.1002/smll.201600683

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Miniaturized eyeball: The model of a cyanobacterium shows how light is bundled at one point on its way through the cell. (Figure: Ronald Kampmann/KIT)Single Cell Organisms With Perspective: How Bacteria “See”

Prof. J. G. Korvink and his team have solved a big mystery: bacteria can see and move towards a light source because they work like tiny eyeballs.
eLife 2016;5:e12620

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 Lukas Liedtke receives the Roland Mack studentship

Lukas Liedtke received the Roland Mack studentship on 1st of December 2015 for his excellent achievements in his studies as well as his Bachelor thesis. The studentship is granted every year for eleven students of mechanical engineering at the KIT. His Bachelor thesis was about „Energy Harvesting with Magnetic Shape Memory Alloys“. The goal was to build up a working vibration-based energy harvesting demonstrator using a single crystalline Shape Memory Alloy.
We congratulate Lukas!