Institute of Nanotechnology

Welcome to the Institute of Nanotechnology

We conduct fundamental and applied research with a focus on innovation in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Our scientists collaborate within the institute and with partners around the world across the disciplines of physics, chemistry, and materials science, as well as biology and medicine.

Picture of a hybrid physical clonable functionKIT/Aghassi
Printed Physical Unclonable Function

A hybrid physical unclonable function based on metal oxide thin film devices, exploiting the inherent randomness of printed materials, was demonstrated by researchers of KIT.

Nature Communications article
Group of KIT resarchers with their prototype of the "Aerobuster"KIT/Martin Breig
"Aerobuster" kills the Corona virus

Researchers of KIT developed a simple device to effectively kill the Corona virus in aerosols of ambient air in closed rooms.

Press information (in German)
Picture of Auriga FIBKIT/INT
Virtual tours of some INT labs

You can now take virtual lab tours through some of our synthesis, structuring and spectroscopy facilities.

Virtual lab tours
Pictures of Poisson spots of Indium atomsKIT Th. Reisinger
Poisson spot diffraction with indium atoms

Researchers at INT have detected the minute van-der-Waals force between indium atoms and  sub-micron silicon dioxide spheres with matter-wave diffraction.

Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 050401 (2020)
FMS seminar series

Explore, Predict, Discover and Validate: the Future of Materials Science: The symposium on the Future of Materials Science (FMS) is changed into a series of online presentations starting June 24th, 2020.

FMS seminar series
Oblique view of a §D printed mechanical metamaterialV. Hahn (INT)
Fastest High-Precision 3D printer

Researchers of KIT have developed a system to print highly precise, centimeter-sized objects with submicrometer details at a so far unmatched speed using small materials building blocks.

Advanced Functional Materials, DOI 10.1002/adfm.201907795
Sketch of pn-diode stackCadilha Marques (INT)
pn-Diodes based on Inkjet Printed Oxide Semiconductors

Oxide semiconductors have the potential to increase the performance of inkjet printed microelectronic devices such as field-effect transistors (FETs), due to their high electron mobilities.

IEEE Electron Device Letters Vol. 41/1, 187 (2020)
Multipole optical transitions in molecules near a nanoantenna

Interference of higher-order multipole transitions has been theoretically studied for a molecule in close proximity to a resonant plasmonic nanoantenna.

Nat. Commun. 10, 5775 (2019)
multiple anions+cations
Novel high-entropy materials for energy storage

Entropy-stabilized multianionic and multicationic oxyhalides have been used as cathodes for Li-ion batteries.

Energy Environ. Sci. 12, 2433 (2019)
INT Ececutive Director Prof. Horst HahnKIT
Prof. Horst Hahn elected NAI Fellow

Our Executive Director received an award from the US National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

NAI press release
Graphene & Co Annual Meeting 2019

110 participants from 15 countries enjoyed an inspiring meeting in Bad Herrenalb / Black Forest.

[Graphene & Co - Annual Meeting 2019]
fqh edge
Topological classification of shot noise on fractional quantum Hall edges

It has been proposed that shot noise in a quantum Hall edge exhibits different types of behavior with varying sample size, depending on the chirality of edge modes.

Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 137701 (2019)
Quantum superposition of superheavy molecules

Matter-wave interference of molecules consisting of up to 2000 atoms has been demonstrated by means of Talbot-Lau interferometry.

Nat. Phys. 15, 1242 (2019)
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New organic electrode materials for ultrafast electrochemical energy storage

New class of stable organic electrodes based on metal porphyrines has been reported.

Adv. Mater. 31, 1806599 (2019)
Indicator-displacement assay based on cucurbituril in blood serum

In situ detection and quantification of Alzheimer's drug memantine in blood serum have been reported.

Chem. Sci. 10, 6584 (2019)