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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

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

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 (to be announced) on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.

Lectures, poster session and dinner will take place at the Hotel Der Blaue Reiter in Karlsruhe-Durlach.

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.


Preliminary Agenda

Training Courses (Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

12:00 Snacks and Coffee/Tea
13:00 Welcome, Introduction and KNMF Status
13:30 Lectures (including coffee break)
17:00 Poster Session
19:00 Dinner Buffet

Wednesday February 20, 2019

08:30 Coffee/Tea
09:00 KNMF User Committee
09:15 Lectures (including coffee break)
13:00 End of Meeting



Invited Presentations

  • Quality control of and by microstructuring methods (3D-DLW and 2D-XRL) using MagneticResonance Microscopy (scheduled for Tuesday)
    Andreas Berg, Medical University Vienna, Austria
  • 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 (ZSW), Germany
  • Advanced Materials Processing for low-cost and high energy density electrodes
    Li Jianlin, Oak Ridge National Lab, USA
  • Atom probe tomography of silica-encapsulated biomolecules
    Gustav Sundell, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

Technology Presentations

  • (DPN) Scanning Probe Lithography in the KNMF - The new FluidFM
    Michael Hirtz, KNMF
  • (HIM) Helium Ion Microscopy (scheduled for Tuesday)
    Ruth Schwaiger, KNMF
  • (TEM) Recent TEM developments – new possibilities in materials characterization
    Christian Kübel, KNMF
  • (XPS) New options in the new spectrometer (scheduled for Tuesday)
    Vanessa Trouillet, KNMF

Application Presentations

  • Structures of Nanoglasses
    Xiaoke Mu, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • FIB options for characterization and structuring
    Matthias Mail, University of Bonn, Germany

You are invited to submit oral contributions to reflect the perspective of KNMF Users in the meeting.


Training Courses

  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 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 0-440
  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.



(to be announced)

You are invited to submit posters to reflect the perspective of KNMF Users in the meeting.



  • 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.
  • Usual presentation times (exceptions may apply): invited 25 min + 5 min discussion, all others 15 min + 5 min discussion.