INT | Scanning Probe Lithography

Dip-Pen Nanolithography (DPN) and Related Techniques

Our group focuses on the advancement and application of dip-pen nanolithography and related techniques like polymer pen lithography (PPL) for the site-specific chemical and bio-chemical modification of surfaces and devices.
DPN GroupMichael Hirtz

Our Research Topics

Our research is aimed at the advancement and application of Scanning Proble Lithography (SPL) methods, in particular Dip-Pen Nanolithography (DPN) and related methods like e.g. Polymer Pen Lithography (PPL) and Microchannel Cantilever Spotting (µCS).

These SPL methods are versatile tools, combining many advantages of electron beam lithography, inkjet printing and microcontact printing in relation to resolution, integration and throughput. These methods are of particular interest when working with sensitive biological materials, since they work at mild process parameters and need no lift off processes (with the associated solvents or etching processes). Furthermore, the methods allows for "multiplexing", i.e. the parallel application of different inks within a pattern. Learn more about specific implementations and applications on our reseach page or browse our publications.


Best Thesis Award Johannes Striebel
Best Thesis Award:

Congratulations to Johannes Striebel, who was just award the iba Best Thesis Award for his master thesis!

Thioacetate‐Based Initiators for the Synthesis of Thiol‐End‐Functionalized Poly(2‐oxazoline)s
Functionalized Polymer Surfaces:

"Thioacetate‐Based Initiators for the Synthesis of Thiol‐End‐Functionalized Poly(2‐oxazoline)s" by Alvaradejo et al. in Macromol. Rapid Commun. 41 (2020) 2000320

Coiled Lamda-Shaped Carbon Nanofibers
Helical Carbon Nanofibers:

"Site-Specific Controlled Growth of Coiled Lambda-Shaped Carbon Nanofibers for Potential Application in Catalyst Support and Nanoelectronics" by Lutz et al. in ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 3 (2020) 7899-7907

PhD Defense Hui-Yu Liu Michael Hirtz
PhD awarded:

Hui-Yu Liu successfully defended her PhD thesis on "Nanolithography-Enabled Sensor Arrays for Rapid Cancer Detection". Congrats to the newly made PhD!

Porous Stamp SCS
Self-inking Stamps:

"Scanner‐Based Capillary Stamping" by Hou et al. in Adv. Funct. Mater. 30 (2020) 2001531

MPC Copolymer Structure
L-DPN Substrates:

"Enhanced Stability of Lipid Structures by Dip-Pen Nanolithography on Block-Type MPC Copolymer" by Liu et al. in Molecules 25 (2020) 2768