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.

Differential conductance of a Single Molecule Magnet at various magnetic fieldKIT
Indirect Spin-Readout of a Single Molecule Magnet

We use scanning tunneling spectroscopy with a spin-polarized tip to indirectly read out the spin of a rare-earth atom of a single molecule magnet exploiting the exchange splitting of the Kondo resonance.

Physical Review Letters
Sketch of vesicles captured on functionalized microarrays KIT
Rapid Capture of Cancer Extracellular Vesicles by Lipid Patch Microarrays

A novel strategy based on dip-pen nanolithography generated microarrays of supported lipid membranes allows for highly selective and efficient capture of extracellular vesicles.

Advanced Materials
Artists view of a MOF-enhanced graphene transistor sensing molecules Sandeep Kumar, KIT
Selective molecule sensing with SURMOF-enhanced graphene transistors

By growing a metal-organic framework directly onto the graphene of a field-effect transistor device selective sensing of molecules has been demonstrated by a collaboration of groups from IFG and INT.

KIT press release
Artists view of a high-entropy metal-organic frameworkKIT
High-Entropy Metal-Organic Frameworks for energy storage

We present High-Entropy Metal-Organic Frameworks that show much improved stability and near perfect Coulombic efficiency as a storage material based on sodium.

Advanced Materials
Picture of structures in materials of Earth's lithosphereRoman Kulagin, KIT
Materials Design inspired by Earth's Lithosphere

The structural patterns of Earth's lithosphere is particularly rich and can inspire innovative designs of structural and architectured materials.

Lithomimetic materials design
Picture of cloud simulation chamber AIDAMarkus Breig (KIT)
Research on Corona virus spreading

The CORAERO project studies the spreading of Corona viruses via aerosols. The INT group of Prof. Hahn is among the four participating KIT groups with their contribution to further Aerobuster development.

CORAERO press release (German)
KNMFi Relaunch

"KNMFi makes the invisible visible" is the motto of a video which features several KNMF technologies operated by our INT colleagues in Bldg. 640.

Women in Science: Britta Weidinger, Ph.D. Student Cluster 3DMM2O / Agentur Triebfeder
Women in Science at INT

Carl Zeiss Foundation Scholarship holder Britta Weidinger talks about her research carried out at INT within the framework of the Excellence Cluster 3DMM2O.

Women in Science video at Youtube
Portrait pictures of Jürgen Janek and Martin WegenerKIT/Janek/Wegener
Highly Cited Researchers 2020

INT research unit heads Prof. Dr. Jürgen Janek and Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener.are among the eight KIT scientists on the 2020 list of Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate / Web of Science.

Press information (in German)
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)
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)