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Michael Hirtz

Dr. Dr. Michael Hirtz

Group Leader
Dip-Pen Nanolithography
Research Unit: Dip-Pen Nanolithography and Related Techniques
Room: 0-152
Phone: 0721/608-26373
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Short CV

Scientific Degrees:

Diploma in Physics Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (2005)
PhD (Dr. rer. medic.) in Medical Sciences / Uniklinikum Münster  (2008)
PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physics / Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (2009)


Current and Previous Positions: 

Scientific Fellow at the Physical Institute of the WWU Münster (2005-2009)
Scientific Fellow at the Institute of Nanotechnology (INT) of KIT (2010-ongoing)
Journal Editor Nanofabrication, De Gruyter Open (2013-ongoing)
Visiting Fellow at Nanyang Technological University Singapore, School of Materials Science & Engineering (in 2013)
Research Visit at Northwestern University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (in 2014)
YIN-Speaker Transdisciplinary Committee (2015/2016)
KIT Associate Fellow (2016-ongoing)
Editorial Board Member Scientific Reports, Springer Nature (2017-ongoing)


Grants and Awards: 

CeNTech-Day Award 2009 for the project „Structuring Polymer Brushes by LB- and AFM-Lithography”

KIT STUB Grant (Start-Up Budget) 2011, project „Substrate-independent and multiplexed Dip-Pen Nanolithography with Azide Inks on reactive Coatings for Bio-Applications“

Invitation to the DFG NSF Research Conference 2011 “Bioinspired Design and Engineering of Novel Functional Materials”, 22-25.3.2011, New York. Talk: "Writing Bio-Molecules via Dip-Pen Nanolithography - Towards a general Toolbox for the Immobilization of bioactive Molecules on Surfaces"

Tan Chin Tuan Exchange Fellowship at Nanyang Technological University Singapore (2013)

DAAD PPP Exchange with Taiwan at National Taiwan University (Project-ID 56193375) (2013)

Coordinator and Scientific Supervisor for Marie Curie Actions (in call FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IEF) Grant for Project “DPNLipidMembranes” (2013-2015)

“Best Talk given by a Young Scientist” Prize at the 17th Heiligenstädter Colloquium on “Technical Systems for the Life Sciences” (2014)

Member of the Karlsruhe Young Investigator Network (YIN) (2014-2016, Alumnus since 2016)

Partner in ERC proof-of-concept grant "CTC-Capture" (2015-)

DFG Project "Funktionalisierte optomechanische Schaltkreise aus Diamant für Infrarotspektroskopie und Gassensorik" (HI 1724/3-1) (2015-)



Selected Publications:


  • A. Urtizberea, M. Hirtz:
    A diffusive ink transport model for lipid dip-pen nanolithography
    Nanoscale 7, 15618 (2015) DOI: 10.1039/C5NR04352B
  • M. Hirtz, A. Oikonomou, T. Georgiou, H. Fuchs, A. Vijayaraghavan:
    Multiplexed Biomimetic Lipid Membranes on Graphene by Dip-pen Nanolithography
    Nature Communications 4, 2591 (2013) DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3591
  • F. Brinkmann, M. Hirtz, A. M. Greiner, M. Weschenfelder, B. Waterkotte, M. Bastmeyer, H. Fuchs:
    Interdigitated Multicolored Bioink Micropatterns by Multiplexed Polymer Pen Lithography
    Small 9, 3266 (2013) DOI: 10.1002/smll.201203183
  • S. Biswas, M. Hirtz, H. Fuchs:
    Measurement of Mass Transfer during Dip-Pen Nanolithography with Phospholipids
    Small 7, 2081 (2011) DOI: 10.1002/smll.201100381
  • H.-Y. Chen, M. Hirtz, X. Deng, T. Laue, H. Fuchs, J. Lahann:
    Substrate-independent dip-pen nano-lithography based on reactive coatings
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 132, 18023 (2010) DOI: 10.1021/ja108679m


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