KNI Distinguished Seminar with Martin Wegener, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | March 11, 2020

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Professor Martin Wegener of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will give a special seminar co-hosted between the KNI and the department of Materials Science Research Lectures (MRL).

Martin Wegener gives MRL-KNI Distinguished Seminar

March 4, 2020

Full details on this upcoming MRL-KNI Distinguished Seminar can be found here.

Note that Dr. Wegener will also give a talk on "3D Chiral Mechanical Metamaterials" on Tuesday, March 10 at 4 PM. Information here.

Speaker: Martin Wegener, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Talk Title: "3D Laser Nanoprinting"


In this talk, Dr. Wegener will give an introduction into laser based 3D printing on the micro- and nanoscale, describe the state-of-the-art, and compare it to other 3D additive manufacturing approaches. He will emphasize two future challenges: (i) scalable and faster 3D printing and (ii) multi-material 3D printing, including "4D" architectures. Application examples include micro-optical components, 3D metamaterials as meta-inks, scaffolds for biological cell culture, and 3D fluorescent security features.


After completing his Diplom and PhD in physics at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (Germany) in 1986 and 1987, respectively, he spent two years as a postdoc at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel (U.S.A.). From 1990-1995 he was professor (C3) at Universität Dortmund (Germany), since 1995 he is professor (C4, later W3) at Institute of Applied Physics of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Since 2001 he has a joint appointment as department head at Institute of Nanotechnology (INT) of KIT, since 2016 he is director at INT. From 2001-2014 he was the coordinator of the DFG-Center for Functional Nanostructures (CFN) at KIT. Since 2018 he is spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order.

His research interests comprise ultrafast optics, (extreme) nonlinear optics, optical laser lithography, photonic crystals, optical, mechanical, electronic, and thermodynamic metamaterials, as well as transformation physics.

This research has led to various awards and honors, among which are the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Research Award 1993, the Baden-Württemberg Teaching Award 1998, the DFG Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award 2000, the European Union René Descartes Prize 2005, the Baden-Württemberg Research Award 2005, the Carl Zeiss Research Award 2006, the Hector Research Award 2008, the SPIE Prism Award 2014 for the start-up company Nanoscribe GmbH, the Stifterverband Science Award – Erwin-Schrödinger Prize 2016, and the Technology Transfer Prize of the German Physical Society (DPG) 2018. In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, Clarivate Analytics listed him as "Highly Cited Researcher" (top 1%). He is Member of Leopoldina, the German Academy of Sciences (since 2006), Member of acatech, the National Academy of Science and Engineering (since 2019), Member of the Hector Fellow Academy (since 2013, presently also President), Fellow of the Max Plack School of Photonics (since 2019), Fellow of the Optical Society of America (since 2008), and Honorary Professor at Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China (since 2014).