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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.

Leona M. Schmidt-Speicher was honored with the Erna-Scheffler-Prize (Photo: private).Photo: private
Erna-Scheffler-Prize 2021 (Master Thesis) Was Awarded to L. M. Schmidt-Speicher

For her Master Thesis “Production, investigation and parametrization of bactericidal nanostructures on silicon and titanium” conducted in IMT‘s BioMEMS group Leona M. Schmidt-Speicher was honored with the Erna-Scheffler-Prize (Photo: private).

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Compartmentalized biochemical reactions monitored by NMR spectroscopy. (Schematic: N. Nordin, IMT).Schematic: N. Nordin, IMT
Compartmentalized Biochemical Reactions Monitored by NMR Spectroscopy

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy of enzymatic reactions localized within individual hydrogel layers is made possible by a microfluidic device featuring integrated electrodes developed by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The system enables parallel measurement and development of complex cascaded reactions (Schematic: N. Nordin, IMT).

doi:10.1002/anie.202103585

Novel NMR probe head for automated nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy of microliter sample volumes under flow conditions. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT).Photo: Breig, KIT
Automated High Throughput NMR

Automated nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy of microliter sample volumes under flow conditions is reported by IMT researchers. With the novel NMR probe head, sample throughput can be increased by a factor of 50 opening applications requiring screening of large parameter spaces. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT).

DOI: 10.1038/s41378-021-00253-2

Water Treatment: Eliminating Hormones with Sunlight (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)Photo: Breig, KIT
Water Treatment: Eliminating Hormones with Sunlight

KIT researchers developed a new method to remove the micropollutants by means of a photocatalytic membrane and visible light (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT).

DOI:10.1016/j.apcatb.2021.120097

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Cover of the May 2021 Issue of the Journal of Synchrotron Radiation. On the Cover: Concept of large field of view pixel super-resolution scanning transmission hard X-ray microscopy based on an array of inclined biconcave parabolic refractive multi-lenses.
IMT X-ray lenses: Cover page of “Journal of Synchrotron Radiation”

The recently developed staircase array of inclined refractive multi-lenses can perform large field of view (FoV) pixel super-resolution scanning transmission hard X-ray microscopy with a 780 ± 40 nm spatial resolution within a FoV of 1.64 cm × 1.64 cm. (Photo: IUCr Journals, Wiley)

DOI: 10.1107/S1600577521001521

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(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)

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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).
doi:10.1038/s41598-021-83625-y

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)

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