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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.


Publication Highlights | News Archive

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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 metamaterial
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 stack
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 Hahn
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)
Six-state molecular revolver on a rigid platform

Reversible transitions between six rotational states of tetraphenylmethane molecules have been induced with an STM tip.

Nanoscale 11, 9015 (2019)
Toward design of novel materials for organic electronics

Predictive simulation methods to complement experimental research in the identification of novel materials for organic electronics have been discussed.

Adv. Mater. 31, 1808256 (2019)
Helmholtz International Fellow Award for Prof. Yuval Gefen

Prof. Yuval Gefen from the Weizmann Institute, nominated by the INT, received a highly prestigious Helmholtz International Fellow Award.

Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft News
Granular aluminium as a material for high-impedance quantum circuits

Fluxonium qubit design based on a granular aluminium superinductor strip, with state-of-the-art coherence times, has attracted international interest.

Nat. Mater. 18, 816 (2019)
Engineered quantum Hall edge at filling factor 2/3 as a line junction

Controlled equilibration in a line junction of two counterpropagating edge modes with different filling factors has been analyzed.

Nat. Commun. 10, 1920 (2019)
Picture of the ARES project group with Prof. Schimmel that won first prize in the VIP+ program of BMBF
Validation Award for "Project ARES"

The transfer project for using Air REtaining Surfaces to lower the friction of ship hulls with the surrounding water, led by the group of Prof. Thomas Schimmel, garnered first place in the VIP+ program of the BMBF. 

Validation Award VIP+
Picture of award ceremony Leibniz prize Prof. Wernsdorfer
Leibniz Award for Prof. Wolfgang Wernsdorfer

The Deutsche Forschungs- gemeinschaft recognized Prof. Wernsdorfer's pioneering work on nanomagnetism and single-molecule magnets. The latter could represent the Qbits of Quantum Information devices.

Leibniz Award for Wolfgang Wernsdorfer
Shape of 3D-printed microstructures controlled by temperature and light

It has been demonstrated that 3D-printed objects can be made switchable by varying temperature globally or by locally illuminating with focused light.

Nat. Commun. 10, 232 (2019)