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.

NMR sample head (left) with miniaturized detector (right). In HiSCORE, such detectors are combined with powerful hyperpolarization to detect the binding of drug compounds. (Photo: Breig, KIT)Photo: Breig, KIT
Enormous Acceleration for Drug Research

Processes can run 10 000 times faster - European Research Council funds KIT researchers Prof. Korvink (IMT) and Dr. Meier (IBI) and international partners in the HiSCORE project (Photo: Breig, KIT).

Award winners Gips-Schüle Young Scientist Award 2020, Source: Gips-Schüle-Stiftung, 2020 Gips-Schüle-Stiftung, 2020
Researchers from IMT and LTI Received the Gips-Schüle Young Scientist Award 2020

Former IMT-researcher Dr. Frederik Kotz (right) and LTI-researcher Dr. Tobias Abzieher (left) were awarded for  outstanding dissertations in the fields of microstructuring of glass and manufacturing of novel types of solar cells (Photo: Gips-Schüle-Stiftung).

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Figure: Demonstration of freedom of choice of printing patterns on millimeter scale by inkjet printing: Digital image files (a) of portraits of some of the researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (from left to right: Helge Eggers, Fabian Schack
The Optical Society (OSA) features the work of Helge Eggers

The Optical Society (OSA) features the work of Helge Eggers presented on Inkjet-Printed Perovskite Photovoltaics at the Optical Society (OSA) 2020 Advanced Photonics Congress with a press release. Helge Eggers, doctoral student in the research group of Dr. Ulrich W. Paetzold from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, presented his latest achievements of a perovskite solar cells with inkjet-printed absorber and extraction layers, reaching power conversion efficiencies above 17%. He received the Best Student Paper 1st Prize.

Figure: Adapted from Eggers et al., Adv. Energy Mater. 2020, 10, 1903184.

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