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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a higher education and research organisation with about 8900 employees, 22,500 students, and a total annual budget of about 700 million Euros. KIT was established on 01/10/2009 as merger of Universität Karlsruhe (founded in 1825), one of Germany’s leading research universities, and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (founded in 1956), one of the largest research centres in the Helmholtz Association. Higher education, research, and innovation are the three pillars of KIT’s activities. KIT builds on the extensive experience its predecessors have gained in EC-funded research from more than 1000 projects up to now. Programme NANOMIKRO science, technology, systems at KIT coordinates the research in the area of nano and micro sciences, technologies and through to system integration. Reliable process technologies are the key to innovative products and novel applications. KIT are working on structuring and replication of materials and on the development of processing routes and systems for chemical process engineering.

To meet the demand of industry for further miniaturisation, it is essential to develop reliable and economic processes for nano- and microfabrication and to drive existing technologies beyond current limitations. We consider the entire process chain from materials processing, structuring and replication, surface modification and assembly to reliability issues including inspection and quality control systems. R&D in Programme NANOMIKRO stretches from fundamental research through to technology transfer projects. Materials represent an important and integral part of technological developments. We design nano-structured materials in order to improve their functionality and reliability. Many different areas ranging from energy to transportation or health require specific nanostructured materials with improved functionality and reliability for the use in applications such as sensors and actuators, printable electronics, high frequency devices, friction coatings, and others. Additionally KIT host an internationally recognized open access infrastructure Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility which annually has more than 100 users from across the globe.