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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.

PaetzoldM. Breig, KIT
Ulrich W. Paetzold Receives ERC Consolidator Grant

T.T. Prof. Ulrich W. Paetzold has been awarded a highly endowed ERC Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). He leads an international and highly interdisciplinary research group on new materials and processes for next generation photovoltaics. The ERC award will further strengthen his research on perovskite (tandem) photovoltaics. The proposed project aims to develop a radically new manufacturing process for high quality perovskite semiconductor that has the potential to overcome key challenges of perovskite thin film processing.

X-Ray Lenses SuitableArndt Last, KIT
X-ray Lenses Suitable For Polarization Experiments

X-ray lenses made out of polymer by KIT/IMT have been compared to beryllium, carbon and diamond lenses at beamline Petra III-P01: they are the only ones free of birefringence and dichroism and thus the only lenses suitable for polarization experiments.


Magnetresonanz Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
Prestigious Funding For Developing High Performance Tabletop NMR Units

Under the management of spokesperson Prof. Jan G. Korvink (IMT), 15 projects of scientists from the universities of Karlsruhe, Kaiserslautern, Konstanz and Stuttgart are funded within the “High Performance Compact Magnetic Resonance (HyPeriOn)” CRC (in German „SFB“). The team aims to reduce the volume of high-performance magnetic resonance systems by a factor of 200. (Photo: A. Bramsiepe, KIT).

KIT bottom-up
KIT Bottom-Up Project with IMT Participation Awarded

The interdisciplinary team including IMT members Dimitry Schmidt from the research group Prof. Dr. A. Nesterov-Müller and Dr. Mareen Stahlberger (originally from IOC) took third place in the ideas competition of 10th Innovation Competition NEULAND of the KIT with the idea of “BioHealing self-healing fuel cells”.

The basic principle of the idea is shown in this VIDEO.

The project "BioHealing - Self-healing fuel cell" is part of the innovation campus "Mobility of the Future" ICM of the KIT and the University of Stuttgart, with funding from the Ministry of Science of the State of Baden-Württemberg in the "Strategy Dialogue Automotive Industry".

Nachricht PaetzoldPhoto: B. A. Nejand, KIT
On a Way To The Market; Fully Scalable Perovskite/Perovskite Tandem Solar Modules

Light management, high-throughput laser interconnections and industrial coationg methods pave the way to the world’s first all perovskite tandem solar module - The team of T.T.Prof. U. Paetzold reports in Nature Energy


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stacking solar cellsMarco A. Ruiz-Preciado, KIT
Stacking Solar Cells On Top Of Each Other Increases Efficiency

Together with partners in the EU project PERCISTAND, KIT researchers have now produced perovskite/CIS tandem solar cells with an efficiency of almost 25 percent - the highest for this technology to date. In addition, the combination of materials ensures lightness and versatility, so that the use of these tandem solar cells on vehicles, portable devices and foldable or rollable devices is also conceivable (Photo: M. A. Ruiz-Preciado, KIT).

DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.2c00707

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Drinking Water Supply(Photo: Breig, KIT)
Drinking Water Supply: Self-Sufficient Membrane Filtration Thanks To Solar Energy

KIT researchers Prof. Andrea Schäfer (IAMT) and Prof. Bryce Richards (IMT) are developing a solar-powered filtration system for drinking water treatment from salty brackish water. For their commitment they have now received the Undine Award from the Josef Wund Foundation (Photo: Breig, KIT).

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Herr Forbes NewsPhoto: Private
Prof. Dr. A. Forbes: Winner of a Humboldt Georg Foster Research Award

Prof. Dr. Andrew Forbes from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg received the Georg Forster Research Award granted by the Humboldt Foundation. With the help of this award he currently visits IMT for several months to promote collaborative projects between the two institutions

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Ngei Katumo WinsPhoto: Private
Ph.D. Candidate Ngei Katumo (IMT) Wins an OPTICA Amplify Scolarship

In recognition of his work on persistent phosphors for sensing and anti-counterfeiting, Ph.D. candidate Ngei Katumo at the Institute of Microstructure Technology, wins an Amplify Scholarship from Optica (formerly Optical Society of America). Selected as one of only 15 scholarship recipients worldwide, Mr. Katumo will receive support and mentoring through Optica to further his career in Optics and Photonics