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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)



Die extrem wasserabweisende Oberfläche der Schwimmfarne (Salvinia) dient als Vorbild für die AIRCOAT Technologie. (Abbildung: Arbeitsgruppe Prof. Schimmel, KIT)
Lufthülle lässt Schiffe leichter durchs Wasser gleiten

May 02, 2018

[DE] Eine Luftbeschichtung, die den Reibungswiderstand von Schiffen reduziert, entwickeln Forscher aus ganz Europa im Projekt AIRCOAT. Dabei nutzen sie den am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) erforschten Salvinia-Effekt, der es erlaubt, unter Wasser eine Luftschicht dauerhaft zu halten. Die Europäische Kommission fördert AIRCOAT mit insgesamt 5,3 Millionen Euro; davon erhält das KIT rund eine Million Euro. Die wissenschaftliche Koordination liegt bei dem Physiker und Nanotechnologie-Experten Professor Thomas Schimmel am KIT.

Press Release 053/2018
Setup to demonstrate ultrarapid distance measurement: The barrel of a rifle is firmly clamped and the laser beam that is invisible in the experiment is directed towards the trajectory of the projectiles fired. (Photo: Laila Tkotz, KIT)
Optical Distance Measurement at Record-High Speed

February 23, 2018

Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have demonstrated the fastest distance measurement so far. The researchers demonstrated on-the-fly sampling of a gun bullet profile with micrometer accuracy. The experiment relied on a soliton frequency comb generated in a chip-based optical microresonator made from silicon nitride. Potential applications comprise real-time 3D cameras based on highly precise and compact LIDAR systems. DOI: 10.1126/science.aao3924

Press Release 019/2018
The figure skater of only 3 mm height was printed onto the tip of a crystal. (Photo: Nanoscribe)
DPG Prize for Superprecise 3D Laser Printing

February 14, 2018

Taking sharper photos with the smartphone, stimulating nerves electrically with a clamping lock, or growing cells in an optimal environment, all this is made possible by a revolutionary superprecise 3D printing process developed by researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). A manufacturing method that once was a scientific niche has quickly evolved as a business into a world market leader with revenues in the millions in a booming high-tech market. For this translation of scientific findings into economically successful and useful products, the Institute of Nanotechnology and the Innovation Management Service Unit of KIT as well as the Nanoscribe company are granted the Technology Transfer Prize by the German Physical Society (DPG).

Press Release 012/2018
Award for quicker data transmission: Christian Koos, Manfred Kohl, and Sascha Mühlbrandt of KIT. (Photo: Gips-Schüle Foundation, Thomas Niedermüller)
Gips-Schüle Research Award for Ultracompact Photodetector

November 29, 2017

Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) demonstrated a novel plasmonic photodetector that is a hundred times smaller and much quicker than conventional detectors. For this, scientists Sascha Mühlbrandt, Christian Koos, and Manfred Kohl of KIT were granted this year’s Gips-Schüle Research Award in the amount of EUR 50,000 by the Gips-Schüle Foundation. Large numbers of these small components can be integrated on large-area silicon wafers, together with other optical and electronic components. In this way, capacity of future communication systems can be increased considerably.

Press Release 172/2017
Forces from above are transmitted to the vertical ring structures via bars. The rotation of the rings exerts forces onto the corners of the horizontal planes of the cube. (T. Frenzel/KIT)
Science: Metamaterial with a Twist

November 24, 2017

Using 3D printers for the microrange, researchers of KIT have succeeded in creating a metamaterial from cubic building blocks that responds to compression forces by a rotation. Usually, this can only be achieved by transmission using a crankshaft, for instance. The sophisticated design of bars and ring structures and the underlying mathematics are now presented in the latest issue of Science.

Press Release 169/2017