Benefit from unique technologies and leading expertise

Explore our capabilities for advanced multimaterial micro and nanotechnologies.

The Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMFi) offers a dedicated set of state-of-the-art technologies for structuring and characterizing a multitude of functional materials at the micro- and nanoscale.

KNMFi unifies 20+ technology clusters and 50+ scientists (as of 2020). KNMFi was launched in 2008 as KNMF by an initial technology investment budget of 23.3 Mio. Euro allocated by the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers (HGF), since then regular updates and major additional investments have been dedicated to the continuous improvement of both, the value of the facility and the welfare of ourusers. Our technology experts support all users in all questions relating to the access and use of our technologies. They serve as local contacts and are ready to accompany you to reach your personal scientific goals. This may include conducting processes at the laboratories or organising overall workflows for your own project. It is recommended to select and contact the experts of the technologies of interest prior to a proposal submission. The user office will assist you to find the most appropriate experts.

User Office


Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility
KIT-Campus North

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1

76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen


+49 721 608-23123
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Laboratory for Simulation and Data Management

Data & Information

The Laboratory for Simulation and Data Management is the newest part of KNMFi. Here, activities in terms of digitalization, data handling and information management are bundled. The lab will bridge multiscale structuring and manufacturing technologies and multiscale characterization techniques by gathering the process data and information of each method, shape them into a generally usable format, and then make them available in a defined dataset for further research.

The lab technology is to major parts based on hardware and software provided by the Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC), which is the center for information technology at KIT. SCC deals with innovative methods in supercomputing, big data and safe information technologies for research and applications. Additionally, large scale IT research projects are provided as well as the centralized IT management for KIT. The large scale systems GridKa, the supercomputer HoreKa, the Large Scale Data Facility LSDF as well as the Helmholtz Artificial Intelligence Cooperation Unit HAICU and the Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration Platform HMC show only a few examples for the power provided by SCC.