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Smallest switches current with a single atom in solid electrolyte

Smallest switches current with a single atom in solid electrolyte
Being „The Research University in the Helmholtz Association“, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility and information. For this, about 9,300 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences.
17th August 2018

Smart buoy for measuring water pollutants

Smart buoy for measuring water pollutants
All over the world, lakes, rivers, and coastal waters are threatened by high nutrient inputs. Nitrate or phosphates from waste-waters or fertilisers causes eutrophication. The consequence: Algae, in particular cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), grow uncontrollably and may release toxic substances.
8th September 2016

Helping the visually impaired to navigate safely

Helping the visually impaired to navigate safely
A recently launched project aimed at developing and testing a portable, electronic assistance system that will greatly extend the range of motion for the visually impaired, will receive €1.7m funding from The Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
28th July 2016


Cadherin-11 helps scientists understand how tumour cells migrate

Cadherin-11 helps scientists understand how tumour cells migrate
  Cadherins are part of the protein family of adhesion molecules. Just like mortar between the bricks in a wall, they ensure that cells stay together, preventing them from breaking away and migrating from a group of cells. 
6th July 2016

Cryogel model to further prostate cancer research

Cryogel model to further prostate cancer research
A team of researchers led by Dr. Friederike J. Gruhl and Professor Andrew C. B. Cato at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are developing a three-dimensional model for prostate cancer research based on cryogels. The model will be used to reproduce natural processes and above all to examine the development and the progression of tumors.
27th June 2016

Photoswitchable agents might reduce chemotherapy side effects

So far, PhotoDynamic Therapies (PDTs) have been dependent on oxygen in the tissue. But hardly any oxygen exists in malignant, rapidly growing tumours. A group of researchers of KIT and the University of Kiev has now developed a photo-switchable molecule as a basis of an oxygen-independent method. Their successful laboratory tests on tumours are reported in the journal “Angewandte Chemie” (Applied Chemistry).
26th April 2016

Using plant tissue to combat cancer

Using plant tissue to combat cancer
A new partnership has been forged between the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Phyton Biotech to help the treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease using substances produced by plants.
25th April 2016

Computer simulation discloses cavitation mechanism

Computer simulation discloses cavitation mechanism
Researchers have discovered a so-far unknown mechanism for the formation of cavitation bubbles by the means of model calculation. In the Science Advances journal, they describe how oil-repellent and oil-attracting surfaces influence lubricant flow. Depending on the viscosity of the oil, a vapor bubble forms in the transition area between oleophobic and oleophilic domains. This so-called cavitation is known to damage material of e.g. ship propellers or pumps.
19th April 2016

Super-brain in the service of cutting-edge research

The ForHLR high-performance computer of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) offers high computing capacity and an innovative visualisation technology for latest simulation methods. The computer can be used by researchers from all over Germany to calculate complex problems in new dimensions. Operation of ForHLR was started officially by the Baden-Württemberg Minister of Science, Theresia Bauer and the President of KIT, Professor Holger Hanselka.
13th April 2016

Tool chain provides efficient real-time programming

Tool chain provides efficient real-time programming
Partners of industry and research are now developing a tool chain for efficient, standardised, and real-time-capable programming under the EU consortium ARGO that is coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Development is based on the open source software Scilab. More and more safety-critical embedded electronic solutions are based on rapid, energy-efficient multi-core processors.
21st March 2016

World's smallest and strongest 3D lattice

World's smallest and strongest 3D lattice
Nanotechnology, the ability to manipulate structures on an atomic level, has the potential to revolutionise our world. From creating artificial skin that allows the user to “feel,” to using nanoscopic algae “backpacks” to deliver chemotherapy treatment, it is a technological field that constantly breaks new ground. 
5th February 2016

Detecting fires before they happen

Detecting fires before they happen
Smouldering cables are a frequent cause of fires. However, new sensors that analyse the plastic vapours released by overheated insulating cables are helping detect these fires at an early stage. Scientists at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences have developed these hybrid sensors that combine measurement processes with data evaluation. A smouldering cable can be detected with a little luck before it starts burning.
27th November 2015

Engines becoming more efficient with hardened steels

Engines becoming more efficient with hardened steels
Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are working on the development of a new process for hardening steel. With the help of methylamine, they enrich low alloy steels with carbon and nitrogen. Low pressure carbonitration with methylamine saves time and process gas. The steels hardened in this way are suited for use in components subjected to high mechanical and thermal loads in energy efficient and low emission engines of the future.
25th November 2015

Electrochemical process controls magnetic properties

Electrochemical process controls magnetic properties
Magnets are well-known from physics lessons at school, but they are hardly covered in chemistry lectures. By means of a chemical process, KIT researchers have succeeded in controlling magnetic properties in bulk ferromagnets. While physical processes may influence the orientation of the magnetic fields, the chemical process in this case controls magnetism in carefully chosen strongly ferromagnetic material systems.
19th October 2015

Intelligent rendering draws a line in the sand

Intelligent rendering draws a line in the sand
Computer graphics today can produce amazingly photorealistic images. Many motives, however, require very long computation times. Researchers at KIT, Disney Research, Zurich, and Cornell University have now developed a process by which granular objects made of sand, snow or sugar, for instance, can be computed more quickly.
11th September 2015

Young scientists develop compostable printed electronics

Young scientists develop compostable printed electronics
Every year, almost two million tons of electronic scrap arise in Germany. Printed electronics enhances the trend to throw used devices away by reducing production costs and opening up markets with disposable items, such as interactive packagings or smart band aids. Young researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) have developed printed electronics made of compostable natural materials and processes for industrial production.
8th September 2015

transtec win €7m deal at KIT

Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) has purchased a HPC cluster solution consisting of more than 1,100 compute nodes, from HPC specialist Transtec. The solution is worth €6.9m and is the largest deal in the company's history. KIT is a technical university in south Germany's Baden-Württemberg and a national research lab within the Helmholtz Society. These research activities require the use of big data analytics and complex simulations, which lead to KIT buying a new HPC cluster solution in a specially built datacentre.
6th August 2015

Organic molecules used to stabilise magnetic orientation

Organic molecules used to stabilise magnetic orientation
Organic molecules allow producing printable electronics and solar cells with extraordinary properties. In spintronics, too, molecules open up the unexpected possibility of controlling the magnetism of materials and, thus, the spin of the flowing electrons. According to what is reported in Nature Materials by a German-French team of researchers, a thin layer of organic molecules can stabilise the magnetic orientation of a cobalt surface.
22nd July 2015

Electrodes record continuous speech from brain waves

Electrodes record continuous speech from brain waves
Researchers at KIT and Wadsworth Center, USA, have been exploring speech produced in the human cerebral cortex and recording brain waves associated with speech processes with electrodes located on the surface of the cortex. For the first time, they have shown that it is possible to reconstruct basic units, words and complete sentences of continuous speech from these brain waves and to generate the corresponding text.
16th June 2015

KIT presents latest processes for energy carriers at ACHEMA

KIT presents latest processes for energy carriers at ACHEMA
Exploration of new energy carriers and interim storage of sustainable energies are two big challenges of the Energiewende, the transformation of the energy system. At its ACHEMA booth, KIT will present the latest processes for this purpose. ACHEMA is scheduled to take place from 15th to 19th June in Frankfurt; KIT will be located at booth 9.2 D67.
11th June 2015


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