The Institute of Micro- and Nanotechnologies (IMN) MacroNano®


The Institute of Micro- and Nanotechnologies stands for interdisciplinary and cross-faculty top-level research in the field of micro- and nanotechnologies. Founded in 2006, the institute today consists of 40 departments of the TU Ilmenau and thus combines and bundles the competences of natural sciences, strongly technology-oriented fields of microsystems engineering and nanotechnology as well as very application-oriented engineering disciplines.

The aim of the institute is

  • to intensify interdisciplinary research in the field of micro- and nanotechnologies from the basics to application
  • to increase the transfer of knowledge through research projects together with scientific partners and partner companies and
  • to continuously develop the research competence in-house and with the scientific partners

The Center of Micro- and Nanotechnologies is available to the member departments to implement the goals pursued by the Institute. With more than 300 systems and devices on almost 2,000m2 of laboratory space in two high-tech buildings (Feynmanbau and Meitnerbau), the ZMN is the infrastructural centre of the institute.


TU Ilmenau uses AI to develop new materials for sanitary fittings

By optimizing the manufacturing process for chrome coatings, the Technische Universität Ilmenau is enabling sanitary fittings that are of a higher quality, more environmentally friendly and more economical than those produced to date.
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With the help of artificial intelligence and digital simulations, material and product development is to be made more efficient, thus drastically reducing the development times for industrial products. The DigiChrom project, which has just been launched and involves 11 research institutions and industrial companies, is set to run for three years and is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with 3.2 million euros, of which TU Ilmenau is receiving 381,000 euros.

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In the video we take a look at the Forlab NSME at the Center for Micro- and Nanotechnologies at TU Ilmenau

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