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Welcome to STN (Science and Technology of Nanosystems)

We are Germany’s largest research programme in nano and micro technologies. STN (formerly NANOMICRO) is a Helmholtz Research Programme and dedicated towards research and development of

  • quantum size effects and molecular building blocks
  • new and novel functional materials
  • reliable processing and characterisation technologies
  • new optical and photonic systems
  • energy storage systems

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

Willkommen bei STN (Science and Technology of Nanosystems)

Wir sind Deutschlands größtes Forschungsprogramm für Nano- und Mikrotechnologien. STN (vormals NANOMIKRO) gehört zur Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft und betreibt Forschung und Entwicklung in den Themenfeldern

  • Quanteneffekte und molekulare Bausteine
  • Neuartige funktionale Materialien
  • Zuverlässige Strukturierungs- und Charakterisierungsverfahren
  • Neue optische und photonische Systeme
  • Energiespeichersysteme

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



Microhairs similar to the gecko’s setae before and after cleaning through lateral friction contact with a smooth surface. (Photograph with scanning electron microscope: Michael Röhrig, KIT)
Gecko-inspired Adhesion: Self-cleaning and Reliable

February 19, 2014

Geckos outclass adhesive tapes in one respect: Even after repeated contact with dirt and dust do their feet perfectly adhere to smooth surfaces. Researchers of the KIT and the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, have now developed the first adhesive tape that does not only adhere to a surface as reliably as the toes of a gecko, but also possesses similar self-cleaning properties. Using such a tape, food packagings or bandages might be opened and closed several times. The results are published in the “Interface“ journal of the British Royal Society. DOI: rsif.2013.1205

Press Release 024/2014
Auf eine Lichtwelle (o .li.) prägt der Wandler (gelb) aufgrund der angelegten Spannung digitale Bits auf (u. re.). So werden elektrische zu optischen Signalen. (Grafik: A. Melikyan/KIT)
Nature: Ultra-small and Ultra–fast Electro-optic Modulator

February 17, 2014

Thanks to optical signals, mails and data can be transmitted rapidly around the globe. But also exchange of digital information between electronic chips may be accelerated and energy efficiency might be increased by using optical signals. However, this would require simple methods to switch from electrical to optical signals. In the Nature Photonics magazine, researchers now present a device of 29 µm in length, which converts signals at a rate of about 40 gigabits per second. It is the most compact high-speed phase modulator in the world. DOI: 10.1038/NPHOTON.2014.9

Press Release 023/2014
Wilhelm Pfleging (right) and Johannes Pröll (left). Authors also include Robert Kohler (KIT).
KIT Laser Group Wins SPIE 2014 Green Photonics Award

February 14, 2014

The 2014 Green Photonics Award in Laser-assisted Manufacturing and Micro/Nano Fabrication (LASE conference 8968) was awarded to the KIT laser group for "Laser generated microstructures in tape cast electrodes for rapid electrolyte wetting: new technical approach for cost efficient battery manufacturing".

The Prism Award 2014 is awarded to Dr. Michael Thiel, Martin Hermatschweiler, Prof. Martin Wegener, and Dr. Wanyin Cui (from left to right, Nanoscribe)
KIT Spinoff Wins ”Prism Award 2014“

February 6, 2014

Nanoscribe GmbH, a spinoff of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), has won the renowned Prism Award 2014. It is granted annually by the International Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE for outstanding innovations in photonics. Nanoscribe has been granted the award for a printer based on 3D laser lithography.

Press Release 017/2014
Professor Oliver Kraft, Director of the KIT Institute for Applied Materials (IAM). (Photo: Markus Breig/KIT)
Oliver Kraft Is Elected President of the Materials Research Society

October 28, 2013

For the first time during the 40 years of its existence, the renowned Materials Research Society (MRS) has elected a non-American as its president: The KIT materials researcher Professor Oliver Kraft will be Vice President of the MRS in 2014 and MRS President in 2015. At KIT, Oliver Kraft is Director of the Institute for Applied Materials (IAM) and holds the Robert Bosch Professorship for Nanostructured Functional Materials.

Press Release 135/2013
By means of lipid dip-pen nanolithography (L-DPN), lipid membranes are written directly onto the two-dimensional carbon graphene. (Graphics: Hirtz/Nature Communications)
Nanoscaled Tip Writes Artificial Cell Membranes

October 10, 2013

Researchers around Dr. Michael Hirtz from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Dr. Aravind Vijayaraghavan from the University of Manchester have developed a new method to produce artificial membranes: Using a nanoscaled tip, they write tailored patches of phospholipid membrane onto a graphene substrate. The resulting biomimetic membranes, i.e. membranes simulating biological structures, allow for the specific investigation of functions of cell membranes and the development of novel applications in medicine and biotechnology, such as biosensors.

Press Release 127/2013
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May 14, 2013

The Helmholtz Programme NANOMICRO has a new name: Science and Technology of Nanosystems (STN). The increasing miniaturization and progress in integrating results of nanoscience and nanotechnology into nanoscale systems observed in recent years will be strategically focused to support the implementation of upcoming scientific results into applications relevant to societal needs.

A new structure of programme topics is currently being prepared and will come into effect in the funding period 2015-2019. The core concept behind programme-oriented funding of the Helmholtz Association   is the strategic financing of research based on competitive reviews. The next review for STN will be in early 2014.