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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

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KNMF User Meeting 2019

KNMF User Meeting 2019

Karlsruhe, Germany


19-20 February 2019

The Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF) provides open and for public work free access to multimaterial state-of-the-art micro and nanotechnologies for national or international users from industry and academia. Our technology portfolio and expertise stimulate the users’ needs and expectations for structuring and characterising a multitude of functional materials, components, and systems at the micro- and nanoscale. We aim at close collaboration and vivid discussions between KNMF technology experts and users.

KNMF cordially invites you to participate in the next KNMF User Meeting. You can meet the KNMF experts, share experiences with KNMF users and improve your knowledge about cutting-edge technologies, and you can participate in training courses.

The participation in the user meeting and the training courses is free but we require a binding online registration. Optionally, a contribution can be submitted (oral or poster presentation). Unfortunately we are not able to offer travel grants except to invited speakers.

We look forward to welcoming you in Karlsruhe.



Online registration is mandatory.
Link: Online Registration (closed)

22 December 2018 for booking of rooms at a reduced rate
10 February 2019 for online registration


Submission of Contributions

You are invited to submit contributions for oral or poster presentation.
Link: Submission of Contributions (closed)

20 January 2019 for oral presentations
10 February 2019 for poster presentations


Directions, Access & Accomodation

Training courses will take place at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Campus North, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany - see directions. A KIT Shuttle is connecting Campus South (downtown Karlsruhe) and Campus North - see timetable. To enter the campus you need an identity document, on-site parking is available. Training courses will take place at different locations on the campus on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.

Lectures, poster session and dinner will take place at KunstWerk (Amalienbadstraße 41, 76227 Karlsruhe) near the Hotel Der Blaue Reiter in Karlsruhe-Durlach. Link on Google Maps. Parking is difficult in the area - public transportation is the better option:

  • Deutsche Bahn - Station "Karlsruhe-Durlach"
  • KVV - Tram stop "Killisfeldstraße"

Parking options:
Please contact the hotel for optional reservation and more information.

  • Daytime parking at the hotel - 9,00 €
  • Daytime parking at KUBUS - 6,00 €
  • Nearby parking „Amalienbad“ 5,00 € / 24h - Ticket payment at hotel reception desk possible.

Rooms: You are responsible yourself for all bookings. A limited number of rooms is available at a reduced rate of €129 per night. No online booking is available for the reduced rate. Please contact the hotel by phone (+49 721 942660) or email (info@hotelderblauereiter.de) and refer to the booking code 18005582. The availability of rooms is guaranteed until 22 December 2018.

Train tickets: The hotel offers special train tickets for travelling with Deutsche Bahn to meetings in the hotel (in German).

A transfer from the Training Courses to the hotel will be offered on Tuesday (but not back to KIT). Public transportation is available near the venue.



Training Courses (Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning at KIT, Campus North)
12am Transfer from KIT Campus North (Casino) to KunstWerk, Karlsruhe-Durlach

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 (at KunstWerk, Karlsruhe-Durlach, Amalienbadstr. 41)

12:00 Snacks and Coffee/Tea
13:00 Welcome, Introduction and KNMF Status

13:30 Invited Talk: Quality control of and by microstructuring methods (3D-DLW and 2D-XRL) using Magnetic Resonance Microscopy (Andreas Berg, Medical University Vienna, Austria)
14:10 Helium Ion Microscopy (Ruth Schwaiger, KNMF) - Technology Presentation HIM
14:30 X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy: Basics, applications and chemical state imaging (Vanessa Trouillet, KNMF) - Technology Presentation XPS
14:50 Recent TEM developments – new possibilities in materials characterization (Christian Kübel, KNMF) - Technology Presentation TEM

15:10 Coffee Break

15:40 Invited Talk: Atom probe tomography of silica-encapsulated biomolecules (Gustav Sundell, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)
16:20 Imaging features of dark-field human chest X-rays (Fabio De Marco, Technical University of Munich, Germany)
16:40 FIB options for characterization and structuring (Matthias Mail, University of Bonn, Germany)
17:00 Understanding structure and morphology of energy materials by 4D-STEM (Xiaoke Mu, KIT)

17:20 Poster Session            
19:00 Dinner Buffet

Wednesday February 20, 2019 (at KunstWerk, Karlsruhe-Durlach, Amalienbadstr. 41)

08:30 Coffee/Tea
09:00 KNMF User Committee

09:15 Invited Talk: Advanced Materials Processing for low-cost and high energy density electrodes (Li Jianlin, Oak Ridge National Lab, USA)
09:55 Turning a killing mechanism into an adhesion and antifouling advantage (Cesar Rodriguez-Emmenegger, DWI – Leibniz-Institut für Interaktive Materialien e.V., Germany)
10:15 ZnO-based Thin Films for TCO applications (Filipe Correia, Minho University, Portugal)

10:35 Coffee Break

11:00 Invited Talk: Development of a hot-embossing route for the fabrication of large area, bio-replicated photovoltaic coatings (Ruben Hünig, Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
11:40 Scanning Probe Lithography in the KNMF - The new FluidFM (Michael Hirtz, KNMF) - Technology Presentation DPN
12:00 Effect of sulfidation on the morphology, chemical composition, surface properties, and colloidal stability of silver nanoparticles (George Metreveli, University Koblenz-Landau, Germany)
12:20 Magnetization reversal in nanostructured Fibonacci spirals (Andrea Ehrmann, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
12:40 Magic angle spinning spheres for solid-state NMR (Pin-Hui Chen, Washington University in St. Louis, USA)

13:00 End of Meeting


Training Courses (at KIT, Campus North)

  1. Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) - Tobias Weingärtner
    Tuesday 9am - 12am, building 688, room 122. Limited to 6 participants.
    What questions can be answered by AES? Short measurements on specimens from the participants are possible.
  2. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) - Dr. Stefan Walheim
    Tuesday 9am - 12am, building 640
    Hands-on training course for AFM beginners. A presentation of the basic principles will be given and the participants will get a short introduction into the operation of an AFM in the KNMF AFM-Lab at INT.
  3. Introduction to Direct Laser Writing (DLW) and practical use of the DLW instrument - Stefan Hengsbach, Dr. Klaus Bade
    Tuesday 9am - 12am. Limited to 5 participants. Join the group at 9am in the foyer of building 301.
    The training starts with an introduction into lithography and machine with respect to Direct Laser Writing. A following practical course in the clean room will show the way from layout via spin-coating to writing. After development the fabricated pattern will be inspected. This training for potential users of DLW will show some practical insight into a typical process line and its constraints.
  4. Scanning Probe Lithography and Related Techniques (DPN/PPL) - Dr. Dr. Michael Hirtz, Dr. Ravi Kumar
    Tuesday 9am - 12am. Limited to 4 participants. Join the group at 9am in the foyer of building 640.

    In this course you will get some in-lab, hands-on experience in scanning probe lithography methods as dip-pen nanolithography (DPN) and polymer pen lithography (PPL). You will be able to discuss in depth with technology experts and take part into the functionalization of a substrate. If desired, you can discuss your own test pattern with the technology expert and try to implement it right away. Target audience: beginners.
  5. Introduction to Electron Microscopy (SEM, FIB, TEM) - Dr. Christian Kuebel, Dr. Sabine Schlabach
    Tuesday 9am - 12am, building 640, room 0-241
  6. Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) - Dr. Alexander Welle
    Tuesday 9am - 12am, building 321, room 316. Limited to 10 participants.
    This seminar will introduce the basics of ToF-SIMS, applications and sample requirements. Examples of spectrometry of immobilized molecules, imaging on scales between mm and µm, and depth profiling will be presented. User samples for demo measurements are welcome with notification to Alexander Welle (contact: see ToF-SIMS technology description).
  7. Polymer Microfabrication 1: Manufacturing of Nickel Molds (Shims) (HE, IM) - Dr. Markus Guttmann
    Monday 2pm - 5pm. Limited to 5 participants. Join the group at 2pm in the foyer of building 301.
    Introduction to structured substrates (master) and electroforming of nickel shims with practical demonstrations.
  8. Polymer Microfabrication 2: Micro Replication (HE) - Dr. Matthias Worgull
    Tuesday 9am - 12am, join the group at 9am in building 307, room 322. Limited to 5 participants.
    Introduction to the replication of plastic micro and nano structures with practical demonstrations.
    Note: this course requires the participation in Polymer Microfabrication 1: Manufacturing of Shim Molds.



(in the order of submission, as of February 11, 2019)

  1. Dr. Ii Seiichiro (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan):
    Direct observation of plastic deformation in metals by in-situ straining TEM studies
  2. Svitlana Railian (Hasselt University, Belgium):
    Polymer modification of Graphene oxide via "grafting to" and "grafting from" procedures
  3. Cesar Rodriguez-Emmenegger (DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Germany):
    Non-thrombogenic Polymer Coatings for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenators
  4. PhD Eng Eduardo Bock (Instituto Federal de Sao Paulo, Brasil):
    Laser Surface Modification and Characterization of Titanium for endothelialization of Ventricular Assist Devices
  5. Benjamin Fritz (Light Technology Institute, KIT, Germany):
    100 cm² bio-templated photovoltaic cover layers for enhanced light harvesting and self-cleaning
  6. Dr. Lorenz Birnbacher (Technical University of Munich, Germany):
    Electron Density of Adipose Tissues Determined by Phase-Contrast Computed Tomography Provides a Measure for Mitochondrial Density and Fat Content
  7. Joana Ribeiro (Universidade do Minho, Portugal):
    Transparent TiO2:Nb Thin Films with Thermoelectric Properties for TCO applications
  8. Alex Gustschin (Technische Universität München, Germany):
    Stabilization for High Aspect-Ratio X-Ray Gratings for Differential Phase Contrast Imaging
  9. Alex Gustschin (Technische Universität München, Germany):
    Quality Assessment of x-ray absorption gratings by angular x-ray transmission
  10. Andreas Vetter (Institute of Nanotechnology, KIT, Germany):
    Ultrafast cavity-integrated superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors
  11. PD Dr.-Ing. habil. Guido Falk (Universität des Saarlandes, Germany):
    Lasermicrodrilling and electrophoretic replica deposition of 3M-polyimide films
  12. Lars Friedrichs (Alfred-Wegener-Institut,Germany):
    Lightweight in Marine Protists: Function, Structure, Applications and Material
  13. M.Sc. Andrey Mikhaylov (Institute of Microstructure Technology, KIT, Germany):
    3D gratings for multi-contrast X-ray imaging produced by 2-Photon direct laser writing
  14. PD Dr.-Ing. habil. Guido Falk (Universität des Saarlandes, Germany):
    Nanoimprint lithography of polymer substrates for replica nanomoulding and transfer processes
  15. Saleh Gorji (Institute of Microstructure Technology, KIT, Germany):
    In situ Heating Lorentz TEM of Equiatomic FeRh Thin Films
  16. Shyam Kumar Chethala Neelakandhan (Institute of Microstructure Technology, KIT, Germany):
    Growth of nanocrystalline graphene: a high resolution in situ transmission electron microscopy study
  17. Yakub Fam (Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry, KIT, Germany):
    Multimodal Nanotomography Studies of Heterogeneous Catalysts with Electrons, Ions, and X-rays
  18. Max Schuster (Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics, Germany):
    X-ray phase gratings for single-shot phase-contrast imaging on the submicron scale
  19. Yuran Kang (Institut für Angewandte Materialien - Werkstoff- und Biomechanik, KIT, Germany):
    Mechanical Reliability of Cyclically Bent Polymeric Substrates
  20. Christoph Jud (Technical University of Munich, Germany):
    X-ray Dark-Field Tomography Reveals Tooth Cracks
  21. Alexander Opolka (Institute of Microstructure Technology, KIT, Germany):
    Developing compound refractive X-ray multi-lenses
  22. Franz Selbmann (Fraunhofer ENAS, Germany):
    Biocompatible Nano-Structured Adhesive-Free Self-Sticking Polymer Surfaces for Medical Wearables

You are invited to submit posters to reflect the perspective of KNMF Users in the meeting (submission is closed).



  • All participants receive automatic confirmations of their registrations.
  • Notifications about the participation in training courses will be sent shortly after the registration deadline.
  • Times and session details may be subject to change.
  • Posters are on display throughout the User Meeting. Please bring your poster and attach it to the prepared poster walls. The maximum poster size is 841 mm x 1189 mm (DIN A 0).
  • Usual presentation times (exceptions may apply): invited 25 min + 5 min discussion, all others 15 min + 5 min discussion.