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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a higher education and research organisation with about 8,900 employees. KIT was established in 2009 as merger of Universität Karlsruhe (founded in 1825) and the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (founded in 1956), member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. Higher education, research, and innovation are the three pillars of KIT’s activities.

In establishing innovative research structures, KIT is pursuing joint strategies and visions. KIT’s research profile is characterised by a strong focus on energy technology, nanotechnology and materials research, elementary particle and astroparticle physics as well as climate and environmental research. It has significant competencies in the fields of information and communication technologies, mobility systems, optics and photonics, and the inter-relations of humans and technology. As a multidisciplinary field, the activities in optics and photonics encompasses four different disciplines, i.e. Physics, Electrical and Mechanical engineering, as well as Chemistry and Biosciences with about 19 research groups and some 80 doctoral researchers.

The five research topics are: Photonic Materials & Devices, Advanced Spectroscopy, Biomedical Photonics, Optical Systems, and Solar Energy. In addition the KIT NanoMicro Center provides for a comprehensive knowledge base in nanotechnology and microsystems engineering (MNTE). Acting as a center of excellence in MNTE it bridges the gap to technical implementation and marketable products. The focus is on nanomaterials, micro and nanotechnology, nanocharacterization as well as on photonics and nanobiology.

To support the work of internal and external users KIT is running since 4 years now the Karlsruhe Nano and Micro Facility (KNMF, ) as a high-tech platform for structuring and characterising a multitude of functional materials at the micro- and nanoscale. It provides open and for public work free access to multimaterial state-of-the-art micro and nanotechnologies for users mostly from academia but also from industry, either national or international. KIT has more than 20 years experiences in micro and nanotechnology and in serving industry in projects by its exceptional pool of technology and competences.

A lot of industrial projects dealt with optical topics like spectrometry (BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM), distance sensors (Mitsubish Electric, MICRO OPTRONIC), encoder (Heidenhain), gratings (SIEMENS) etc. KIT is also the place to create spin-outs based on the technology portfolio like VISOLAS (laser source), Insion (spectrometer), Nanoscribe (lithography) to name only the most relevant.


Key persons

  • Mathias Heckele

    Local Outreach Coordinator - Germany (South), Switzerland
    mathias.heckele [at]
    +49 721 60 82 2512
  • Jurgen Mohr

    Member of the Executive Board, Leader of Technology Platform 3

    Leader Technology Platform 3: “Polymer-based photonic components and large-area organicphotonics”