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Head: Prof. Dr. Horst Hahn / Prof. Dr. Jan G. Korvink


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76344 Eggenstein-Leop.

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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 vom KIT forscht an möglichen Bausteinen kommender Quantencomputer. (Foto: Marco Schilling)
[DE] Wissenschaftspreis der Hector Stiftung geht an Physiker des KIT

February 4, 2020

Professor Wolfgang Wernsdorfer vom Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) erhält in diesem Jahr den mit 150 000 Euro dotierten Wissenschaftspreis der Hector Stiftung. Die Jury würdigt damit die herausragenden Leistungen des 53-jährigen Physikers bei der Entwicklung von Quantencomputern. Mit seiner Grundlagenforschung zu Nanomagneten und elektronischen Schaltkreisen gilt er als Pionier dieser Zukunftstechnologie, die eines Tages die Rechenleistung von heutigen Computern weit übertreffen soll. Wernsdorfer wird zudem als Mitglied in die Hector Fellow Academy aufgenommen.

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The metamaterial printed with the new system consists of a complex three-dimensional lattice structure on the micrometer scale. (Photo: Vincent Hahn, KIT)
Fastest High-precision 3D Printer

January 28, 2020

3D printers working in the millimeter range and larger are increasingly used in industrial production processes. Many applications, however, require precise printing on the micrometer scale at a far higher speed. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now developed a system to print highly precise, centimeter-sized objects with submicrometer details at a so far unmatched speed. This system is presented in a special issue of Advanced Functional Materials (DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201907795).

Press Release 007/2020
New material concepts for solar cells will be studied within the “KeraSolar” project of KIT’s Material Research Center for Energy Systems (MZE). (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)
Combining the Best Properties: New Material Concept for Solar Cells

November 18, 2019

Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) want to develop an entirely new solar cell concept within the project “Novel liquid applied ceramic solar cells” (KeraSolar). They will combine photovoltaics research with ceramic functional materials to make use of the advantages of different solar cell technologies: Printability of organic and long-term stability of crystalline solar cells as well as ferroelectricity of perovskites. 

Press Release 151/2019
 Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier presents the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to Britta Nestler of KIT. (Photo: Federal Government / Gero Breloer)
Cross of the Order of Merit for Britta Nestler

October 02, 2019

“Mut zur Zukunft: Grenzen überwinden” (looking boldly into the future: crossing borders) – under this heading, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier presented the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to 25 citizens on the occasion of the Day of German Unity. One of the honored citizens is Professor Britta Nestler, who conducts research and teaches at both Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. She received the Cross for her scientific merits and in particular for her pioneer role in combining fundamental with applied research.

Press Release 128/2019