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Award for Martin Wegener

  • 03.01.2018 | Awards

    Prize of the DPG for super-precision 3-D laser printing from Karlsruhe.

    The 3-D laser printing process of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Nanoscribe is in use worldwide. The German Physical Society (DPG) awards the university and the company for the innovation process.

    In 3-D laser lithography, a laser beam cures computer-controlled structures in a photoresist whose smallest dimensions are less than one-thousandth of a millimeter. Originally, the process was used only for the production of so-called photonic crystals, which are used in optical telecommunications. However, Hector Fellow Martin Wegener, professor at the Institute of Applied Physics and one of the directors of KIT's Institute of Nanotechnology, recognized that it is suitable for producing almost any complex three-dimensional micro- and nanostructures and perfected it with his research group. "At the beginning it seemed like a crazy production process that only a few freaks would be interested in. Today it is the most accurate 3-D laser printer on the market, with all the possibilities and strengths of 3-D printing, "says Wegener. The award of the DPG confirms the success.


    To the German press release.