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Contact (STN Programme)

KIT-Campus North, building 440, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

Phone +49(721)608-25578, Fax +49(721)608-25579, E-mail info@stn.kit.edu


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.

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A nanostructured polymer film modeled on the white beetle Cyphochilus insulanus produces a brilliant white coating. (Photo: Julia Syurik, KIT)
New Materials: Brilliant White without Pigments

March 30, 2020

Polymer foils that are extremely thin and characterized by a high light scattering rate are produced by a new process developed by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The inexpensive material may be applied industrially to various objects to give them an attractive white appearance. Moreover, the process can make products environmentally more compatible.

Press Release 020/2020
Color-selective organic light sensors produced by inkjet printing with semiconducting inks. (Photo: Noah Strobel, KIT)
Having an Eye for Colors: Printable Light Sensors

February 19, 2020

Cameras, light barriers, and movement sensors have one thing in common: They work with light sensors that are already found in many applications. In future, these sensors might also play an important role in telecommunications, as they enable data transmission via light. At the InnovationLab in Heidelberg, scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) succeeded in making decisive progress: Printable light sensors that can see colors. The results are now reported in Advanced Materials (DOI: 10.1002/adma.201908258).

Press Release 014/2020
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