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


KIT-Campus North
Building 440

H.-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
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.

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Materials Day

March 5, 2020

The KIT Materials Center cordially invites you to participate in the Materials Day, which is meant to bring together the scientists interested in materials research at KIT.

Online registration is mandatory. Deadline: February 22, 2020

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 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
Award ceremony of the Erwin Schrödinger Prize to the multidisciplinary team of KIT at the annual meeting of the Helmholtz Association. (Photo: Marco Urban)
The perfect solar cell: How ferroelectricity improves power harvesting in perovskite solar cells

September 20, 2019

Within a few years only, methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3), and later more advanced organic metal halide perovskites, has performed an unprecedented rally towards highest power conversion efficiencies of more than 25% rivalling other solar cell technologies such as the ‘old bull’ silicon photovoltaics. A multi-disciplinary team of six scientists from electrical engineering, material science and physics at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has found evidence for ferroelectric domains in MAPbI3 thin-films. These ferroelectric microstructures can explain the extraordinary photovoltaic performance of modern perovskite solar cells. For their cutting-edge research, the team was awarded the Erwin-Schrödinger-Prize of the Helmholz Association an the Helmholtz Foundation.

Press Release 121/2019
The researchers engaged in the Capitano project are developing new materials, processes and prototypes for highly efficient perovskite solar cells and modules. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)
Tandem Solar Modules: One-Two Combination Packs a More Powerful Punch

September 02, 2019

The efficiency ceiling of commercially available solar modules leaves little room for improvement. Tandem solar modules with two light-harvesting active layers have far greater potential. The future could well belong to this promising technology. Research-ers engaged in the Capitano project are combining thin-film solar modules based on perovskite semiconductors with semiconduc-tors made of copper, indium, gallium and selenium (CIGS). This combination is the key to building remarkably efficient tandem solar cells with all the advantages of thin-film technology and an efficiency factor that could top the 30-percent mark. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Schwäbisch Hall-based enterprise NICE Solar Energy, and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) have joined forces in this project with the ZSW acting as coordinator.

Press Release 111/2019