• Hector Fellows

    Distinguished researchers in STEM fields.

Prof. Dr. Martin Wegener

Institute of Applied Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Hector Fellow since 2008

Martin Wegener is Professor at the Institute of Applied Physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Scientific Director of the Institute of Nanotechnology at the KIT and speaker of the Cluster of Excellence "3D Matter Made to Order" at KIT and the University of Heidelberg.

His research focuses on the high-precision 3D additive manufacturing of artificial materials, so-called metamaterials. Tailoring their "meta atoms" on the nanometer or micrometer scale makes it possible to achieve completely new characteristics. For example, his team succeeded in realizing camouflage caps in a wide variety of physical systems.

Martin Wegener received, among others, the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG), the State Research Award of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Carl Zeiss Research Award and the Descartes Prize of the European Union. Besides, he is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and a fellow of the Optical Society of America. He is the initiator, co-founder and shareholder of Nanoscribe GmbH, a spin-off company that brings 3D laser lithography to the market.

Research fields

Nanotechnology, Optics & Photonics

  • Metamaterials in optics, mechanics, and thermodynamics
  • Three-dimensional optical laser lithography (i.e., 3D micro- or nano-printing)

Details about current research.


Metamaterials: Beyond the Ordinary

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