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Start of 2nd generation of RTG PhD students

The new generation of doctoral students started on time on April 1st. Due to the current special situation, however, the work had to start in the home office first. Now the presence operation in the RTG slowly starts and the handover of the "old" doctoral students to the new generation can take place. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the first generation for their consistently good cooperation and wish them every success in defending their thesis. At the same time we wish the second generation a good introduction and a successful scientific work in the next 3 years.

Applicants‘ Workshop for the 2nd Generation of PhDs

Young scientists from all over the world have applied for the 13 positions as PhD students in the 2nd Generation of the RTG.

On the 3rd and 4th of February, selected applicants will come to Ilmenau and present their current research in the scope of a scientific workshop. In an intensive discussion with the project leaders and the 1st generation PhDs, the candidates will take this last step in their application process.

Laura Weidenfeller hat beim “NanObjectives 2.0” Fotowettbewerb vom Förderverein für Mikro- und Nanotechnologien Ilmenau e.V. und dem IMN MacroNano mit ihrem Bild den ersten Platz in der Kategorie „Gesichter der Forschung“ gewonnen.

Florian Fern from our graduate college NanoFab received a Best Paper Award for his paper "New Concept for Five-Axis Nanometry Machines" at the 9th VDI Symposium Measurement Uncertainty on 13. and 14.11.19 in Erfurt. Congratulations!

11.11. – 12.11.: application training for female scientists in the scope of supporting equal opportunities

There, the latest trends and challenges in the process of application will be discussed and the participants will be prepared for a successful application.

21.10.2019, 10:00 am
Dr. Sen Wu from the college for Precision Instrument and Optoelectronics Engineering of the Tianjin University gave a talk about his recent projects concerning atomic force microscopy (AFM) and AFM-based manipulation of nano-objects. Within his presentation he gave an overview about high-speed measurements in AFM, three-dimensional measurements and measurements on large samples. Recently a strategy for the manipulation of nano-strings, called Automan, had been developed. This enables new perspectives for the field of assembly and filtering on a nano-scale. (

7.10. – 9.10. : Closed Session of the RTG NanoFab in Bad Staffelstein

The 23 attendees will present their recent research results, share their experience and discuss about the future challenges in nanofabrication.

On 24.06.2019, 10:00
Huitian Bai will give a lecture about "Force measurement in nanomanipulation" in Schützenhaus.

Our former Scientific Coordinator Dr. Michael Kühnel recently left the Technische Universität Ilmenau took up a position in a company, specialised for high-precision measurement instruments.
His tasks concerning the RTG will be taken over by Dipl.-Ing. Ingo Ortlepp.
We would like to thank Michael for his always excellent work and wish him all the best in his new position.

Prof. Gufran S. Kahn from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi will visit the RTG from 16th of June until 23rd of June. Prof. Kahn is a specialist and long-standing cooperation partner in the field of free-form metrology. He will give a guest lecture about his field of research during his stay, all interested listeners are cordially invited.

Guest lecture:
19.06.19, 13:00, IMN
„Measurement of Freeform Optics: Challenges and Potential Solutions“

The RTG participants Laura Weidenfeller, Shraddha Supreeti, Martin Hofmann and Johannes Kirchner will attend the SPIE conference “Optical Metrology” in Munich from June 24th to 27th to present their work and current results. The cooperation and team work of the RTG doctoral students is demonstrated in the presented in a poster session and the corresponding proceedings titled “Micro- and nanofabrication technologies using the nanopositioning and nanomeasuring machines”. Additionally to the conference, they will have a booth (Hall B, Booth 372) at the LASER World of Photonics Exhibition for the presentation of the status quo and the applications of the Nanopositioning- and Nanomeasuring machines. The exhibition takes place in the framework of “Forschung für die Zukunft”.

Our RTG participant Florian Fern will stay abroad for six weeks at the University of Nottingham. He will work at chair of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering of Prof. Richard Leach.

During his time he will work on a new optical coordinate measuring machine based on photogrammetry.

Dr. Beat Jeckelmann/ Chief Science Officer der Eidgenössisches Institut für Metrologie METAS, Bern (Schweiz) und derzeit Chairperson der Europäischen Metrologie-Organisation EURAMET wird am 12.12.2018, 10:30 Uhr im Kirchhoffbau K 2001 einen Vortrag halten.

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Die DFG bewilligte im Rahmen des Programms „Forschungsgroßgeräte“ eine 50%-Finanzierung für Investitionsmittel zur Beschaffung eines Großgerätes „Nanofabrikationsmaschine“.

Die Bewilligung erfolgte unter dem Vorbehalt der Kofinanzierung in gleicher Höhe durch das Land „Thüringen“ entsprechend der landesrechtlichen Regelungen. Die Gesamtsumme einschließlich Landesanteil beträgt 782.000 €. Mit diesem Großgerät soll die Forschung im Rahmen des SFB-Graduiertenkollegs „NanoFab“, das im April 2017 mit 13 Doktoranden gestartet wurde, forciert und neue Akzente gesetzt werden.