Research infrastructure

State-of-the-art research instruments allow completely new insights. They help to expand the boundaries of knowledge, which translates into cutting-edge international research. KiNSIS combines instruments and methods from more than 130 researchers at Kiel University and external partners on material design, experimental analytic, theory and modelling. This unique interdisciplinary range of laboratories and research platforms forms the basis for innovative research projects, the joint use of high-performance equipment and the strategic and sustainable further development of the infrastructure at Kiel University and in Schleswig-Holstein as a base for research.

The KiNSIS research focus promotes top-class equipment in the nano and surface sciences at Kiel University. It supports its members in accessing major research institutions from its partner network. Under certain conditions, methods and equipment are also available to research institutions and companies outside Kiel University, e.g. in cooperation with CAU Innovation GmbH.


Research centres and laboratories at Kiel University

Digital Science Center (DSC)

Pooling digital competencies, bringing experts together and developing methodologies further are the goals of the Digital Science Centre (DSC), which was set up at Kiel University in 2022 to focus on data-intensive research. Here, methods and insights from computer science and mathematics are applied to topics from different fields and further developed. This creates added value in research, in teaching and for knowledge and technology transfer. Researchers and institutions at Kiel University benefit from the interdisciplinary exchange as well as from a range of central services and tools in the field of numerical simulations and data analysis. All eight faculties of Kiel University have sent a founding member to the board of the Digital Science Center.

To the website of the DSC


Chairman of the Board
Prof. Dr. Dirk Nowotka
+49 431 880-4199

Kiel Nanolab, Competence Centre Nanosystem Technology

Labor mit Wissenschaftlern in Schutzanzügen
© Julia Siekmann, Uni Kiel

Novel medical implants, superelastic metals, highly sensitive sensors – in Kiel's nanolab, essential foundations are being laid for new materials and applications. On more than 600 square metres, research results from nanotechnology are being applied in energy and medical technology and information technology.

The Kiel Nanolab was opened at the Faculty of Technology in 2008. With its cleanroom and research instruments with a total value of around 12 million euro, it forms a research platform both for teaching and for scientific collaborative and industry projects. It is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for lithography, coating and etching processes and wet chemistry, facilitating research in the fields of piezoelectric and thermoelectric layers, batteries, solar cells and thermoelectricity, chip laboratories and magnetoelectric sensors.

Together with nanoanalytics, the Kiel Nanolab as an experimental facility is part of the Nano System Technology Competence Centre, which was funded by the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Economics and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) from 2015 to 2020. As an interface between university and industry, it is a central contact point for companies, spin-offs and non-university research institutions from Schleswig-Holstein and beyond, who want to turn project ideas into reality.

 To the website of the Kiel Nanolab
To the website of the Competence Centre Nanosystem Technology (in German)


Dr. Dirk Meyners
Scientific Director
+49 (0)431 880-6202

Dr. Antonio Malavé
Lab Manager
49 (0)431 880-6209


Laboratory for reliable battery-based energy conversion (BAEW Laboratory)

[Translate to English:] Laborumgebung
© Jürgen Haacks, Uni Kiel

Innovative battery systems for electromobility and the energy supply in general require both new materials for storing energy and appropriate power electronics. In the BAEW Laboratory, materials science and power electronics work closely together to improve the efficiency and service life of the individual components as well as the battery system as a whole.

In addition to a facility for the development of particularly powerful battery cells, the laboratory's equipment also includes a climate chamber for testing the batteries' use under the extreme temperature and humidity conditions that may prevail in solar and wind farms (onshore and offshore), electric vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles or photovoltaic systems. The interdisciplinary laboratory at the Faculty of Engineering is also available for cooperation with companies and is firmly integrated into experience-related university teaching.

Since 01 January 2020, the laboratory has been funded with circa 2 million euro from the State Programme Economy 2014-2020 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and with funds from the state of Schleswig-Holstein. The funds were approved by Wirtschaftsförderung und Technologietransfer Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (WTSH) on behalf of the state.


Prof. Dr. Rainer Adelung
Functional Nanomaterials
Institute of Materials Science
+49 431 880-6116

Prof. Dr. Marco Liserre
Power Electronics
Institute of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
+49 431 880-6100

Molecular Imaging North Competence Center (MOIN CC)

The 'Molecular Imaging North Competence Center' (MOIN CC) is the joint DFG Core Facility of Kiel University and the Medical Faculty for preclinical imaging. Since 2010, the Competence Centre of the State of Schleswig-Holstein has been supporting research through innovative imaging and image analysis. Through close cooperation with the Biomedical Imaging Section (SBMI) of the Clinic for Radiology, MOIN CC can offer and combine many state-of-the-art methods – including those not yet commercially available. From the fields of MRI, CT, ultrasound, photoacoustics and optics, these include, for example, high-field magnetic resonance tomography, including with hyperpolarisation, micro-computed tomography, fluorescence tomography and bioluminescence, high-resolution sonography and photoacoustics as well as (multiphoton) microscopy.

Scientists who would like to enrich their research with imaging or analyse images quantitatively are advised by the MOIN CC and accompanied throughout the entire process – starting with the legal requirements (including ethics), and imaging to the processing and analysis of the images.

To the website of the Moin CC


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Claus-C. Glüer
Head of MOIN CC
Department of Radiology and Neuroradiology
+49 431 880-5831

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Jan-Bernd Hövener
Head of MOIN CC
+49 431 880 5833

Ruprecht Haensel Laboratory (together with DESY)

As a joint research facility of Kiel University and the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotrons DESY, the Ruprecht Haensel Laboratory (RHL) pools modern instruments and methods of nano research, makes them available to international cooperation partners and strengthens research-oriented teaching in the nanosciences and surface research through joint appointments. The RHL was founded in 2011 and has been located in the Centre for X-ray and Nano Science (CXNS) on the DESY site since 2022. It is thus closely integrated into the excellent infrastructure of DESY with its high-intensity X-ray sources PETRA III, FLASH and European XFEL and also spatially forms a central interface between the research activities of KiNSIS, Kiel University and DESY.

The experimental stations developed in Kiel and operated at DESY include the LISA and ASPHERE instruments. Investigating the movement of atoms at liquid interfaces over many time-scales is the field of application of the X-ray diffractometer LISA. Atoms are excited with a high-power laser in order to investigate in detail, for example, biochemical processes on cell membranes via the scattering of short X-ray pulses.
The photoelectron spectrometer ASPHERE is used to develop and understand high-tech materials. The behaviour of individual electrons is filmed in order to investigate and optimise, for example, customised quantum materials with novel electronic properties or the exact sequence of chemical reactions.


Prof. Dr. Lutz Kipp
Head of RHL
Surface Physics
+49 431 880-3875

Prof. Dr. Kai Rossnagel
Head of Research Group 'Solid State Research with Synchrotron Radiation', Kiel University
Lead Scientist, DESY
+49 40 8998-4532

Centre for Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM Centre)

The Centre for Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM Centre) at the Faculty of Engineering is available to all Kiel University study groups if they want to investigate microstructural issues. In transmission electron microscopy, a highly charged electron beam is directed onto a material sample. Interactions between the electrons and the sample produce a magnified, characteristic image of the sample. The different interactions allow an enormous range of possibilities for the characterisation of inorganic and organic materials.

The staff of the TEM Centre offer an examination and evaluation service as well as instruction in the operation of the equipment.

 To the website of the TEM Centre

Prof. Dr. Lorenz Kienle
Head of the TEM Centre
Head of the Working Group 'Synthesis and Real Structure'
Institute of Materials Science
+49 431 880-6196


Centre for Networked Sensor Systems (ZEVS)

Visualisierung des Neubaus
© pbr Planungsbüro Rohling AG, Visualisierung Mischa Lötzsch, 4 [e] motions

The ZEVS on the campus of the Faculty of Engineering pools research activities of Kiel University in the field of sensor technology, enhances networking with regional industry and offers space for new projects. With medicine and life sciences, maritime applications, energy technology and the environment, Schleswig-Holstein's areas of strength are addressed and linked across applications. Beyond basic research, the infrastructure of ZEVS enables technology-oriented spin-offs and regional companies to test product ideas, introduce new utilisation concepts and enter into a close exchange of knowledge and experience.

To the Website about the ZEVS


Prof. Dr. Martina Gerken
Institute of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Chair of Integrated Systems and Photonics
+49 431 880-6250

Detailbild im Labor
© Julia Siekmann, Uni Kiel

Are you interested in a method or in the possibility of cooperation?

Please feel free to contact the KiNSIS members listed under the respective institutions.