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Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility
KIT-Campus North

Building 440

H.-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1

76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany


phone: +49(721)608-23123

fax: +49(721)608-26273

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Deadline: June 30, 2017
18th call open

Submit your proposal

Five Steps to Success

1. Contact the expert(s)
2. Submit your proposal
3. Await peer review
4. Start your project
5. Publish your results

Welcome to Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF)

KNMF is a high-tech platform for structuring and characterising a multitude of functional materials at the micro- and nanoscale.

The Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF) is focused on providing open and for public work free access to multimaterial state-of-the-art micro and nanotechnologies for users from industry and academia, either national or international. Annual deadlines for the submission of proposals are January 15 and June 30. Applications for urgent and commercial projects can be submitted at any time (» submission). 


KNMF User Meeting 2017

February 21-22, 2017
in Karlsruhe, Germany

The program and list of training courses are available, and the online registration is open. The deadline for registration is February 12, 2017. Don't wait too long because the number of participants is limited for most of the training courses.

The call for contributions is open (oral or poster). Please submit your contribution until January 22, 2017.

Peer Review Board Meeting

February 22, 2017

Karlsruhe, Germany



Carbon tube (center) as a photon source and superconducting nanowires as receivers constitute part of the optical chip (Photo: W.Pernice/WWU)
First Quantum Photonic Circuit with an Electrically Driven Light Source

September 27, 2016

Whether for use in safe data encryption, ultrafast calculation of huge data volumes or so-called quantum simulation of highly complex systems: Optical quantum computers are a source of hope for tomorrow’s computer technology. For the first time, scientists now have succeeded in placing a complete quantum optical structure on a chip, as outlined in the “Nature Photonics” journal. This fulfills one condition for the use of photonic circuits in optical quantum computers. (DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2016.178)

Press Release 132/2016
X-ray lenses
Compound refractive X-ray lenses in user operation at ESRF, ID01

September 2016

ESRF announced that the Full Field Diffraction X-ray Microscopy (FFDXM) end station at the ID01 is now open to user experiments. This new method uses X-ray lenses from KIT/IMT specially designed for the imaging part of the setup. Deep X-Ray Lithography (XRL) was used to fabricate the lenses. XRL is a KNMF technology and available for external users.

Thanks to fine hairs on the leaf surface, the salvinia water fern can absorb and bind mineral oil from water surfaces. (Photo: C. Zeiger/KIT)
Nanofur for Oil Spill Cleanup

August 18, 2016

Some water ferns can absorb large volumes of oil within a short time, because their leaves are strongly water-repellent and, at the same time, highly oil-absorbing. Researchers of KIT, together with colleagues of Bonn University, have found that the oil-binding capacity of the water plant results from the hairy microstructure of its leaves. It is now used as a model to further develop the new Nanofur material for the environmentally friendly cleanup of oil spills. (DOI: 10.1088/1748-3190/11/5/056003)

Press Release 115/2016
A plasmonic detector that is directly coupled to a silicon optical waveguide and smaller than one micrometer was developed by KIT. (Graphics: KIT)
Smallest Photodetector Worldwide for Optical Data Transmission

July 27, 2016

Data traffic is growing worldwide. Glass-fiber cables transmit information over long distances at the speed of light. Once they have reached their destination, however, these optical signals have to be converted into electrical signals for subsequent processing in the computer. KIT researchers have now developed a novel type of photodetector that needs far less space than conventional ones. The component has a base area of less than one millionth of a square millimeter without the data transmission rate being affected adversely. The corresponding article is published in the Optica journal. (DOI:10.1364/OPTICA.3.000741)

Press Release 109/2016