Die Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen Dr. Nadja Alina Henke (Foto: Jannik Jilg), Dr. Gözde Kabay (Foto: Conny Ehm) und Dr. Jingyuan Xu (Foto: Markus Breig, KIT) erhalten für ihre Projekte eine Förderung der Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung.KIT
[DE] Forschung zu Bioprozessen, Biosensoren und Kälteerzeugung

September 14, 2023

Drei Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen vom Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) waren mit ihren Projekten bei der Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung erfolgreich. Innerhalb des Förderprogramms CZS Nexus erhalten sie nun jeweils rund 1,5 Millionen Euro für eine Dauer von bis zu fünf Jahren. Dr. Nadja Alina Henke erforscht, wie sich Bioprozesse präzise vom Labormaßstab in den industriellen Maßstab skalieren lassen, Dr. Gözde Kabay entwickelt Biosensoren für die schnelle Diagnose bei Nierenschädigungen und Dr. Jingyuan Xu untersucht die Entwicklung einer CO₂-neutralen und stromfreien Kälteerzeugung.

Presseinformation 071/2023
The new molecular structure in which sandwich complexes form a nano-sized ring is called ‘cyclocene.’ (Photo: Nature / AOC, KIT)Nature / AOC, KIT
Nanorings: New Building Blocks for Chemistry

August 3, 2023

Sandwich compounds are special chemical compounds used as basic building blocks in organometallic chemistry. So far, their structure has always been linear. Recently, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Marburg were the first to make stacked sandwich complexes form a nano-sized ring. Physical and other properties of these cyclocene structures will now be further investigated. The researchers report their findings in Nature (DOI: 10.1038/s41586-023-06192-4).

Press Release 057/2023
New biomaterials for industrial biocatalysis: Enzyme foams form three-dimensional porous networks with a stable hexagonal honeycomb structure. (Photo: Julian Hertel, KIT)Julian Hertel, KIT
Materials Research: Biocatalytic Foams of Tremendous Stability and Activity

July 27, 2023

Industrial biocatalysis with enzymes is deemed to be a “game changer” in the development of a sustainable chemical industry. Enzymes can be used to synthesize an impressive range of complex molecules, including pharmaceutical substances, under environmentally compatible conditions. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now developed a new class of materials by producing enzyme foams of tremendous stability and activity. They report in Advanced Materials. The researchers have already filed a patent application on the process to produce enzyme foams. (DOI:10.1002/adma.202303952)

Press Release 054/2023
The new low-temperature process enables fabrication of a large variety of nanoscale quartz glass structures. (Figure: Dr. Jens Bauer, KIT)Dr. Jens Bauer, KIT
Nanomaterials: 3D Printing of Glass without Sintering

June 7, 2023

A new process developed at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) enables printing of nanometer-scale quartz glass structures directly onto semiconductor chips. A hybrid organic-inorganic polymer resin is used as feedstock material for 3D printing of silicon dioxide. Since the process works without sintering, the required temperatures are significantly lower. Simultaneously, increased resolution enables visible-light nanophotonics. The researchers report in Science. (DOI: 10.1126/science.abq3037)

Press Release 041/2023
Thanks to a new molecule, blue OLEDs will shine brighter and faint slowlier in future. (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT)Markus Breig, KIT
Organic Light-emitting Diodes: Making the Blue Shine Brighter and Longer

June 6, 2023

Organic light-emitting diodes, OLEDs for short, are energy-efficient and flexible. However, it is still difficult to produce blue OLEDs. They have lacked luminance and stability so far. Researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Shanghai University have now developed a new strategy for the production of efficient deep-blue OLEDs: Electronic excitation of a specially developed new molecule results in a dual-channel intra-/intermolecular exciplex emission and, hence, deep-blue electroluminescence. The researchers report in Science Advances. (DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.adf4060)

Press Release 040/2023
Ein photonischer Zeitkristall in 2D kann Freiraum- und Oberflächenwellen verstärken. (Grafik: Dr. Xuchen Wang, KIT)Dr. Xuchen Wang, KIT
Metamaterials: Time Crystal Gives Light a Boost

April 6, 2023

Photonic time crystals, whose properties change periodically, promise significant enhancements in microwave engineering, optics, and photonics. Researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and partners from Aalto University and Stanford University have unveiled a groundbreaking 2D photonic time crystal and demonstrated important applications. Their approach simplifies the realisation of photonic time crystals and may improve the efficiency of future communication systems. The results of this study have been reported in Science Advances. (DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.adg7541)

Press Release 024/2023
Supercomputers help researchers simulate materials and study their properties before they exist in reality. (Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT)Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
Materials Research: New Supercomputer at KIT

March 16, 2023

A new supercomputer for materials research has now started operation at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT): The computer that is worth 1.2 million euros enables researchers to simulate the structure of future materials and study their properties even before they exist in reality. This helps them develop new materials that may be applied in the medical sector or in energy research. With their new computer models, the researchers succeeded in improving the membrane of Covid rapid test kits, for instance.

Press Release 011/2023