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The Helmholtz Research Programme STN (Science and Technology of Nanosystems) takes on the challenge of controlling and shaping materials from the atomic and molecular up to the macroscopic scale to explore their entire potential of novel functionalities.

STN is dedicated towards research and development of

Our activities span the entire range from fundamental science to high performance technologies and integrated systems. We closely cooperate with the Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF) as a large-scale user facility for multimaterial nano and micro technologies.


Im Helmholtz-Programm STN (Science and Technology of Nanosystems) wird das Potential neuartiger Funktionalitäten von Materialien auf der atomaren und molekularen bis zur makroskopischen Ebene erschlossen.

STN betreibt Forschung und Entwicklung in den Themenfeldern

Unsere Arbeiten reichen von der Grundlagenforschung bis zu Hochtechnologien und integrierten Systemen. Wir kooperieren eng mit der Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF) als Großgerät für Nutzer von Nano- und Mikrotechnologien und mit einer großen Vielfalt prozessierbarer Materialien.

Highlights and news archive


Team 2017 (Picture: KIT)



Wolfgang Wernsdorfer is granted the Leibniz Prize. (Photo: Sandra Göttisheim, KIT)
Leibniz Prize for Wolfgang Wernsdorfer

December 06, 2018

Professor Wolfgang Wernsdorfer of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) receives the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2019 of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Germany’s highest science prize endowed with EUR 2.5 million honors the experimental physicist for his research into electronics, spin physics, and quantum computing.

Press Release 159/2018
To apply controlled pressure to their microscopic superconducting sample (graphics), researchers use sensitive brackets with actuators based on the piezoelectric effect. (Fig.: KIT)
Science: High Pressure Orders Electrons

November 30, 2018

High-temperature superconductors can transport electrical energy without resistance. Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have carried out high-resolution inelastic x-ray scattering and have found that high uniaxial pressure induces a long-range charge order competing with superconductivity. Their study opens up new insights into the behavior of correlated electrons. The researchers report on it in the Science journal  (DOI: 10.1126/science.aat4708).

Press Release 155/2018
Wissenschaftler des KIT gehören zu den „Highly Cited Researchers“

November 28, 2018

Dieses Jahr sind gleich acht Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler des KIT (darunter Annie K. Powell, Martin Wegener und Wolfgang Wernsdorfer aus dem Programm STN) unter den "Highly Cited Researchers", einer vom Medienkonzern Thomson Reuters geführten Rangliste. Sie listet die 6 000 Wissenschaftler auf, deren Publikationen am häufigsten zitiert wurden. Für die aktuelle Liste wertete Reuters Veröffentlichungen der Jahre 2006 bis 2016 aus. Eine Publikation gilt erst dann als „Highly Cited“, wenn sie in ihrem Fachgebiet und ihrem Erscheinungsjahr zu den Top 1% der Gesamtzitationen zählt.

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Nanoscribe‘s Martin Hermatschweiler (2nd from left) and Michael Thiel (2nd from right) with Minister President Winfried Kretschmann (right) and Axel Nawrath, Chairman of the Managing Board of L-Bank (left). (Photo: KD Busch/ L-Bank).
Nanoscribe Wins 1st Prize at the Baden-Württemberg State Awards for Young Companies

November 09, 2018

Nanoscribe GmbH, a spin-off from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), is the winner of the state award for young companies presented by the state of Baden-Württemberg and L-Bank. At a ceremony in the New Palace in Stuttgart, Minister President Winfried Kretschmann presented the young company with the award last night. First prize is worth 40,000 euros. A total of 375 candidates from all over Baden-Württemberg applied for the award.

Press Release 142/2018
Source: http://www.ipq.kit.edu/
Nature Photonics: Silicon integration of terahertz systems

October, 2018

Scientists of IPQ and IMT have demonstrated ultra-fast silicon-plasmonic devices for generation and detection of terahertz signals. The devices can be integrated on the silicon photonic platform, bringing together photonics, electronics and terahertz technologies on a common substrate. The concept offers promising perspectives for a wide variety of applications, including high-speed communications, life sciences and industrial metrology. The publication appeared in the October issue of Nature Photonics. DOI: 10.1038/s41566-018-0237-x

Three-dimensional microstructures made of various cleavable photoresists. The scanning electron microscopies show the selective degradation of the structures (scaling 20 µm). (Photo: Nature Communications)
3D Inks that Can Be Erased Selectively

August 01, 2018

3D printing by direct laser writing enables production of micro-meter-sized structures for many applications, from biomedicine to microelectronics to optical metamaterials. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now developed 3D inks that can be erased selectively. This allows specific degradation and reassembly of highly precise structures on the micrometer and nanometer scales. The new photoresists are presented in the journal Nature Communications (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05234-0).

Press Release 094/2018
Source: http://www.ipq.kit.edu/
IPQ/IMT team receives Second Prize at the competition for the Berthold-Leibinger Innovation Prize

July 2018

The IPQ/IMT project team "DELPHI - 3D Laser Lithography for Photonic Integration" will receive the Second Prize of the renowned Berthold-Leibinger Innovation Prize. The DELPHI project group, headed by Christian Koos, was dedicated to industrial adoption of femtosecond laser lithography as a tool for 3D additive nanofabrication in integrated photonics and has led to foundation of the start-up company Vanguard Photonics GmbH. The project builds upon multi-photon lithography for fabrication of single-mode photonic waveguides and free-form micro-optical elements for efficient coupling of optical microchips. The award ceremony will take place on September 21, 2018 in Ditzingen, Germany.