Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF)

KNMF User Meeting 2020

  • Place:

    Karlsruhe, Germany

  • Date:

    10-11 March 2020

  • 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.

    The meeting will take place as planned. Please follow the recommended basic protective measures against the new coronavirus (COVID-19) to take care of your health and protect others:

    1. Keep your distance from people who are coughing, sniffling or who have a fever – including those suffering from seasonal cold and flu illnesses.
    2. If you need to cough or sneeze, use a tissue or the crook of your arm. If you use a tissue, make sure you dispose of your used tissue in a bin with a lid.
    3. Keep your hands away from your face – avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose with your hands.
    4. Wash your hands regularly and properly (at least 20 seconds) with soap and water – especially after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing.

    Read more: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public



    Online registration is mandatory.
    Link: Online Registration

    January 14, 2020 for booking of rooms at a reduced rate
    February 28, 2020 for online registration


    Submission of Contributions

    You are invited to submit contributions for oral or poster presentation. Topics of sessions see agenda
    Link: Submission of Contributions

    January 31, 2020 for oral presentations
    February 28, 2020 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 19007978. The availability of rooms is guaranteed until January 14, 2020.

    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.



    Tuesday, March 10, 2020

    Training Courses (Tuesday morning at KIT, Campus North)

    12am Transfer from KIT Campus North (Casino) to KunstWerk, Karlsruhe-Durlach

    12:00 Lunch Buffet

    13:00 KNMF Status - Prof. Dr. Jürgen Brandner (KIT, Germany)

    Session: X-ray optics and optical applications

    • 13:15 X-ray optics from KIT/IMT - Dr. Arndt Last (KIT, Germany)
    • 13:35 Application of x-ray prism lenses and polymeric CRLs in high-resolution dark field microscopy - Xianbo Shi (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
    • 13:55 Grating-based phase-contrast imaging at synchrotron and X-ray backlighter facilities - Bernhard Akstaller (ECAP, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Deutschland)
    • 14:15 Hot embossing of diffractive structured surfaces -  Ann-Katrin Boinski (Leibniz-Institut für Werkstofforientierte Technologien, Germany)

    14:35 Coffee Break

    Session: KNMF Technologies

    • 15:05 Magnetic Resonance: when is it useful, when is it not? - Dr. Neil MacKinnon (KIT, Germany)
    • 15:25 Atom Probe Tomography and Field Ion Microscopy - Dr. Torben Boll (KIT, Germany)

    Session: Data & Information

    • 15:45 INVITED: Kadi4Mat: A Research Data Infrastructure for Materials Science - (Dr.-Ing. Michael Selzer, KIT, Germany)
    • 16:05 INVITED: The Compound Platform: Molecule Archive and Chemical Database as a Service - Dr. Nicole Jung (KIT, Germany)
    • 16:25 INVITED: Have you considered Machine Learning (ML) driving your Research? - Prof. Jost Göttert (University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein, Germany)

    16:45 Elevator Pitch for Posters (2 slides / 90 seconds) - optional for poster authors.
    Please submit your slides by March 5, 2020. - See also the instructions at the end of the page.

    17:00 Poster Session

    19:00 Conference Dinner


    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    09:00 Open session of the KNMF User Committee - Prof. Jost Göttert (University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein, Germany)

    Session: Biofunctional Applications

    • 09:15 INVITED: Biocompatible Nano-Structured Parylene for Medical Wearables - Dr.  Nooshin Saeidi (Fraunhofer ENAS, Germany)
    • 09:45 INVITED: Controlling cell adhesion with antifouling functionalizable polymer brushes - Dr. Cesar Rodriguez-Emmenegger (DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Germany), Dr. Kristina Riehemann (Münster University / CeNTech, Germany)
    • 10:15 INVITED: Micro-detectors tailored for broadband NMR applications - Hossein Davoodi (KIT, Germany)

    10:45 Coffee Break

    Session: Materials Research

    • 11:10 From metal oxides to carbon-based materials: Insight into functionality and performance employing XPS - Dr. Rudolf Hoffmann (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany)
    • 11:30 INVITED: Eco-friendly fabrication of organic solar cells - PD Dr. Alexander Colsmann (KIT, Germany)
    • 12:00 INVITED: Tailoring Ni-rich layered oxide cathode materials for all-solid-state battery applications - Dr. Torsten Brezesinski (KIT, Germany)
    • 12:30 INVITED: Integral sheet metal design by severe plastic deformation - Insights from in-situ studies - Enrico Bruder (TU Darmstadt, Germany)

    13:00 End of Meeting


    Training Courses (at KIT, Campus North)

    1. 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.
    2. Atom Probe Tomography (APT) with Hands-on (Dr. Torben Boll)
      Tuesday 9am - 12am, building 640, room 0-441
      Hands-on training course for APT beginners.
    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 0-341
      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.
    7. 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.


    Poster List

    You are invited to submit posters to reflect the perspective of KNMF Users in the meeting (deadline: February 28, 2020).

    1. Property Control via Modification of Structure, Morphology and Surface in Layered Materials – Past and Future Projects (Dr. Daniel Weber, KIT, Germany)
    2. Printed Electronics and Energy Storage Materials (Felix Neuper, KIT, Germany)
    3. Artificial intelligence aided design of microtextured surfaces (Prof. Dr. Andres Diaz Lantada, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain)
    4. Design and production of microtextured biointerfaces for controlling cells on chips (Prof. Dr. Andres Diaz Lantada, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain)
    5. DGCN – Deep Gaussian Covariance Network – a Machine Learning Solution automatically building Digital Models from your research data a) Basics b) Examples
      (Kevin Cremanns, University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein, Germany)
    6. Exploratory Fabrication of Neutron Interferometry Attenuation Gratings by Laser Milling (Prof. Les Butler, University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein, Germany, and Heino Besser, KIT, Germany)
    7. Magnetic Vortex Formation in FeRh Thin Film: In situ TEM Magnetic Imaging (Saleh Gorji, KIT, Germany)
    8. X-ray fluorescence nano-imaging of long-term operated solid oxide electrolysis cells (Dr. Aline Leon, European Institute of Energy Research, Germany / Dr. Sabine Schlabach, KIT, Germany)

    9. Development of a liquid, refractive X-ray lens (Josephine Gutekunst, KIT, Germany)

    10. Nanofibrous materials based on cerium oxide nanoparticles for sorption of hazardous metal ions (Walter Bonani, JRC Karlsruhe, Germany)

    11. Fabrication and evaluation of a nickel shim for large-area hot embossing of plant surface structures (Benjamin Fritz, KIT, Germany)

    12. Phantoms for the Quantification of spatial Resolution in multimodal Microscopy, Magnetic Resonance and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT): first results (Dr. Andreas Berg, Medical University of Vienna, Austria)

    13. S/TEM characterization of nano-size oxide scale thermally grown on alumina-forming austenitic and high entropy alloys (Hao Shi, KIT, Germany)

    14. Investigation of Catalyst Materials by Several Electron Microscopy Methods for 2D/3D Structural and Textural Analysis (Reihaneh Pashminehazar, KIT, Germany)

    15. Cucurbit[n]uril-Microarrays for highly sensitive Indicator-Displacement Assays (Chunting Zhong, KIT, Germany)

    16. Robustness of an X-ray phase-contrast imaging setup for plasma diagnostics at an X-ray backlighter (Veronika Ludwig, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg / ECAP, Germany)

    17. X-ray gratings for phase-contrast imaging at an X-ray backlighter source (Max Schuster, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg / ECAP, Germany)

    18. TEM study for the coherence in the P/O biphasic layer oxide sodium battery materials (Kai Wang, KIT, Germany)

    19. Insight into the de/sodiation mechanism of MoS2 in sodium ion batteries and the function of carbon in MoS2/C composite by ex-situ radial distribution function (Kai Wang, KIT, Germany)

    20. Heat-treating of AISI H13 tool steel parts produced by additive manufacturing (Eduardo Bertoni da Fonseca, University of Campinas, Brazil)



    • 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).
    • You are invited to deliver an Elevator Pitch of your poster (2 slides / 90 seconds). Please submit your slides by March 5, 2020.
      Your elevator pitch should contain three vital bits of information: (1) What is your research topic? (2) What have you found? (3) Why is that important? - The aim is to get your audience hooked and wanting further details. Keep the bigger picture in mind, as the audience first needs the background info to then get excited about the small details. Make sure your pitch is punchy, intriguing and relevant. (Adapted from Scientifica)
    • Presentation times (exceptions may apply): invited 25 min + 5 min discussion, all others 15 min + 5 min discussion.