Methodological development and application of synchrotron-based photon science

IPS develops and applies X-ray imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray scattering methods for in situ & operando characterization of nanostructures, materials, devices, and processes. We perform pioneering, proof-of-principle experiments, as well as systematic studies, which contribute to an understanding of structure/property/functionality relationships in materials research & technology.

We work in close cooperation with other KIT institutes and with leading national and international research institutions and universities. Activities are embedded in the corresponding programs and research fields of the Helmholtz-Association. Research activities are closely linked to academic teaching and research within the KIT Faculties of Physics and Chemistry & Biosciences, as well as at other universities.

Luminescence in gold clusters and the Fojtik-Henglein Prize

Ligand-free gold clusters have been produced by laser fragmentation and analysed for light emission. The results of the study help to solve the conundrum of luminescence in gold clusters with complex ligand stabilization. The authors of the study have been awarded the 2021 Fojtik-Henglein Prize.

X-ray Imaging reveals new aspects of metamorphosis in insects

By examining numerous insects using synchrotron radiation, a research team led by the University of Bonn has challenged a hypothesis of evolutionary theory in stoneflies. The study shows for the first time how closely successive life stages are linked in insects without a pupal stage.

Iron silicide nanostructures for future nanoelectronics

Self-organized silicide nanostructures represent potential building blocks for future nanoelectronic device applications. The collective vibrations of atoms in the nanocrystalline structure play an important role for the properties of such materials.