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 KNMFi 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.

(Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT)Photo: Bramsiepe, KIT
All-evaporated Perovskite Solar Modules

Upscaling perovskite photovoltaics from cell to module level with scalable processes is a key challenge. Researchers at IMT and LTI have now produced perovskite solar modules with almost no loss of scaling. They combine laser-scribed interconnection lines with the ease of co-evaporated perovskites.
(Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT)

NMR micro-detector capable of detecting 7 different nuclei. Photo: Markus Breig, KIT
Broadband NMR Micro-detectors Push NMR Boundaries

Scientists of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) developed an NMR micro-detector capable of detecting 7 different nuclei. The detector being realized employing MEMS techniques exhibits a sensitive bandwidth of >375 MHz (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT).

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-87247-2

CAD-Drawing: S. Kiss, KITCAD-Drawing: S. Kiss, KIT
Large Signals from sub-µl Samples for Palm-Sized Magnets

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy of minute sample volumes inside low-field portable,  permanent magnets is made possible by a new MEMS based probe head developed by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The probe induces large non-equilibrium spin polarisation, dramatically  boosting the signal-to-noise-ratio of the NMR measurement (CAD-Drawing: S. Kiss, KIT).

Perovskite Layers Closely Examined (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)Photo: Breig, KIT
Perovskite Layers Precisely Examined

Efficient materials for solar cells of the future - New model for determining photoluminescence quantum yields
(Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)

Cover of the December 2020 Issue of the Energy Journal ‘Joule’. On the Cover: The image shows artistically the concept of thermomagnetic power generation.
Efficient Power Generation from Waste Heat

Researchers at KIT and Tohoku University (Japan) succeeded in significantly enhancing the electrical power of thermomagnetic generators with respect to footprint. This research is the front topic of the December 2020 Issue of the Energy Journal ‘Joule’.

Original Publication: Joel Joseph, Makoto Ohtsuka, Hiroyuki Miki, and Manfred Kohl: Upscaling of Thermomagnetic Generators Based on Heusler Alloy Films. Joule, 2020.
DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2020.10.019

Nils Hepp (Photo: A. Voigt, IMT)
Among the Best Apprentices 2020: Nils Hepp from IMT

The Institute of Microstructure Technology congratulates his former apprentice Nils Hepp. He finished his final exams in electronics with the top score “very good” and is thus one of the best graduates in the region (Photo: A. Voigt, IMT).

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.